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Moving to Sweden with a cat

Cleaning cost

LightYear
post 19.Jan.2021, 10:34 AM
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Hi everyone,

I have a question about "pet cleaning" cost in Sweden. My husband found a job in Stockholm and the employer will pay for our staying in temporary apartment till we rent something. But the big problem is that we are taking our cat with us. Suddenly a few days before flight they told us that we will have to pay 4000 SEK+25%VAT for "cleaning after the cat" blink.gif
I googled cleaning companies in Sweden and I see that prices for "moving out" cleaning are much cheaper than this.

So I wanted to ask, is this the normal price for Sweden? Because we stayed with a cat in different pet-friendly hotels/airbnb in other countries, but no one asked money for the pet (sometimes a small returnable deposit).
So I feel like we are being ripped off, and somehow I think it will not be the last time ...
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ChocOwl
post 19.Jan.2021, 10:47 AM
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Hard to say if the price is reasonable without knowing how big the flat is... 30 square metres or 200 square metres... Also, is there some kind of supercleaning that removes all cat fluff and costs extra? That could explain the extra cost.

Note that Swedish residents can get a reduction on the price of cleaning via tax, which may included in the price you have seen online but not the price you have been quoted. Check info on RUT on skv.se for info on this. Perhaps you can suggest that you organise the cleaning yourself, and say which company you will use - then hope they agree to it.

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LightYear
post 19.Jan.2021, 11:15 AM
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Hiring another company seems a good idea, I hope they accept it.
But still such price is strange, because apartment/suite will be definitely small, no more than 40-50 m2, maybe less. I googled about pet cleaning services in general, and it seems there's no special fancy methods for it, just the good vacuum cleaner.

It's just hard to believe that cleaning cat hair costs this much...well, we will see.
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TheExpatEagle
post 19.Jan.2021, 11:33 AM
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QUOTE (LightYear @ 19.Jan.2021, 11:15 AM) *
Hiring another company seems a good idea, I hope they accept it.But still such price is strange, because apartment/suite will be definitely small, no more than 40-50 m2, maybe ... (show full quote)


It isn't about just cleaning cat hair. If the next tenant has severe allergies then they can get ill so the apartment will be cleaned professionally not just a quick hoovering. These companies professionally clean the entire place.

If that is the conditions the landlord puts in place you have 2 choices. Accept it or don't stay there. It's not your place it's theirs.

I'm a cat owner, I have 3 so I am not unfeeling to your situation I'm just explaining the situation.

You can ask the landlord if you can hire someone and the figure quoted seems about right for a cleaning company, but if they say no what can you do?
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LightYear
post 19.Jan.2021, 11:51 AM
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I totally agree about allergy, but from another side - if the hotel/airbnb is pet-friendly, then people with severe allergies should avoid renting such places (I definitely would keep myself away). Because it's not possible to clean hotel room like an OR in hospital.

I just feel like I am being punished for having a pet. But I cannot just throw her on the street...
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*Guest*
post 19.Jan.2021, 11:55 AM
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It's not just a normal clean, it's a clean deep enough to remove any cat hair, in case the next person is allergic.
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*Guest*
post 19.Jan.2021, 11:56 AM
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Many many places do have a total pet ban. Many summer stugas have a cleaning fee of 2000kr even after just a week of use.
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LightYear
post 19.Jan.2021, 12:23 PM
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QUOTE (Skogsbo1 @ 19.Jan.2021, 12:56 PM) *
Many many places do have a total pet ban.


yeah I've noticed it on blocket.se mellow.gif
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Grommet
post 19.Jan.2021, 12:44 PM
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Sounds like a rip-off; quite usual in money-grubbing Sweden. And while the argument is regarding removal of "allergens", I highly doubt they will do anything that would actually be required to remove, say, cat dandruff.

In all likelihood, the cleaner(s) who actually does/do the work, will be underpaid immigrants, probably Thai, who will use the usual bucket of soap/water, broom/dust pan and a vacuum cleaner.
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ChocOwl
post 19.Jan.2021, 01:39 PM
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QUOTE (LightYear @ 19.Jan.2021, 11:51 AM) *
I cannot just throw her on the street...


If you really can't sort out the issue you could look for a kattpensionat but I suspect that would end up costing more than the cleaning and also be difficult for your cat
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LightYear
post 19.Jan.2021, 03:02 PM
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QUOTE (Grommet @ 19.Jan.2021, 01:44 PM) *
Sounds like a rip-off; quite usual in money-grubbing Sweden. And while the argument is regarding removal of "allergens", I highly doubt they will do anything that wo ... (show full quote)


Yep, that's exactly my thinking.
It's like, cat hair scares them more than coronavirus and other infections altogether.
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LightYear
post 19.Jan.2021, 03:04 PM
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QUOTE (ChocOwl @ 19.Jan.2021, 02:39 PM) *
If you really can't sort out the issue you could look for a kattpensionat but I suspect that would end up costing more than the cleaning and also be difficult for your cat


True, it would be a huge stress for her. And for our wallets, too.
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Gamla Hälsingebock
post 19.Jan.2021, 04:11 PM
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Good that you placed the cat...before your wallet...
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*Guest*
post 19.Jan.2021, 04:50 PM
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QUOTE (Grommet @ 19.Jan.2021, 12:44 PM) *
In all likelihood, the cleaner(s) who actually does/do the work, will be underpaid immigrants, probably Thai,

When did you leave sweden? 1995? There are countless other nationalities that have made up the unskilled work force since then.

QUOTE (LightYear @ 19.Jan.2021, 03:02 PM) *
Yep, that's exactly my thinking.. It's like, cat hair scares them more than coronavirus and other infections altogether.

No, it's just a responsible landlord, you can argue about the price, but they are doing the right thing. You can always rent elsewhere.
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Grommet
post 19.Jan.2021, 06:48 PM
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