If your tenants moved out and left you with a mess, you've got your work cut out for you. You want to get the home cleaned up fast so you can rent it again, but you also want to get it cleaned up right – which can take time. To save yourself time and frustration, here are four steps that will help the process go smoother.
Rent a Dumpster
When it comes to cleaning up after dirty tenants, the first thing you need to do is rent a dumpster. This is particularly important if the filth has spread throughout the entire house and yard. Renting a dumpster will allow you to go room-to-room cleaning up the mess. When the dumpster is filled, you can have it emptied quickly so that you can get back to work. To make sure you have enough space for the cleanup, choose the next size up from the dumpster you think you'll need. It's better to have too much space in the dumpster than not enough. When you rent your dumpster, be sure to request a pickup schedule. This will ensure that you know when your dumpster is going to be emptied each week. Contact companies that offer container rentals in your area to discuss scheduling and size options.
Bring in Pest Control
If your rental home was left filthy, chances are good that there are pests hiding in the debris. To make sure you get control of the infestation, bring in pest control. Hire an exterminator to come through and conduct an initial treatment before you begin cleanup. This will kill any bugs that are on the surface. Once you're done with the cleanup, you can have them provide a second treatment for a more permanent solution to the problem.
Enlist a Cleaning Crew
Once it's time to start the cleanup, don't try to tackle it by yourself, especially if the entire house is covered in filth. Instead, enlist the help of a cleaning crew – whether that includes friends or a professional crew. Multiple hands will allow you to divide the work so that the process is completed quickly and efficiently.
Wear Protective Clothing
You never know what you're going to come in contact with when cleaning up after filthy tenants. To protect yourself, and your cleanup crew, be sure to wear protective clothing. Your work attire should include the following:
- Long pants
- Long-sleeved shirts
- Face masks
- Protective goggles
If you're cleaning up after filthy tenants, you want the job done quickly and thoroughly. The tips provided here will help you get your rental home ready for new tenants.