to expect the caravan to definitely be clean before we arrive?

(29 Posts)
Sophisticatedknickers Thu 04-Oct-12 14:14:36

We are going to stay at my SIL's caravan soon. She only rents it out to family, friends, colleagues and their friends. She doesn't want to use an agency and doesn't charge much at all, and she charges a bit less for family rather than friends too.
We've only stayed there once, and that time my SIL had been in the caravan a few days before us, so had cleaned up herself before we got there. We had to rush home a day early as I fell ill and had to go to hospital, so I didn't get chance to clean up before another family member had use of the caravan immediately after us.
This time it's a bit different, it's someone that SIL vaguely knows who's in before us. DH was on the phone to SIL last night and it turns out that her usual cleaning arrangement is for each family to clean up after themselves i.e. she never gets a proper cleaner in. (She does however pop down to the caravan fairly often, perhaps once a month.) I was quite shocked at this, I cannot believe that she expects people to take over a caravan for a weekend/ week without anyone checking it over! AIBU to expect her to use a proper cleaner each time?
I have to confess that static caravans are not really my cup of tea anyway, I'm just going to keep DH happy, so I'm not sure if I'm being a bit snobby?

cozietoesie Thu 04-Oct-12 20:03:40

When I've rented cottages, I've generally left them cleaner than when I arrived. What makes you think the people before you will have lesser standards of cleanliness than you do yourself?

McHappyPants2012 Thu 04-Oct-12 19:15:46

i suspect you take your own bedding, how mucg cleaning does a carvan take to clean.

Sophisticatedknickers Thu 04-Oct-12 18:33:04

so have I, both as a chambermaid and in my last job, virtually lived in hotels until DD1 was born. When I was cleaning, we had supervisors checking our rooms before they were released to the guests.

JeezyOrangePips Thu 04-Oct-12 18:21:29

You could always arrange a cleaner to go in before and after you - probably still cheaper depending on your length of stay.

DameKewcumber Thu 04-Oct-12 18:06:37

well there you go - your choice is made. (personally I'd rather trust friends and family to do a good clean than a hotel cleaner - I've spent a lot of time in hotels...)

Sophisticatedknickers Thu 04-Oct-12 17:56:59

I mean I'd rather pay 4* prices for 4* facilities and cleanliness than pay next to nothing for 1* facilities where I have to spend ages cleaning at the beginning and end of my stay.

DameKewcumber Thu 04-Oct-12 17:04:46

She probably found that most people leave it clean and tidy and paying a regular cleaner is a waste.

If you'd rather pay more, I have several things I could probably sell you.

Sophisticatedknickers Thu 04-Oct-12 16:55:03

just remembered that last year she was using a cleaner between non family staying there. Only just announced it to us last night that she'd stopped using him.
I will be sticking to hotels/cottage rentals after this stay. I'd rather pay more!

Sophisticatedknickers Thu 04-Oct-12 16:49:22

just remembered that last year she was using a cleaner between non family staying there. Only just announced it to us last night that she'd stopped using him.
I will be sticking to hotels/cottage rentals after this stay. I'd rather pay more!

expatinscotland Thu 04-Oct-12 16:18:42

Hire a cleaner, then.

CaliforniaLeaving Thu 04-Oct-12 16:04:14

We have friends with a cabin in the mountains who do this.
He stopped renting through an agency, too much damage and things getting pinched. So now it's friends and family and it costs enough to cover electric and gas, so very cheap.
When any of us stay on our last day, we pack, fill the car with stuff and clean house, wipe everywhere, spray down the showers, vacuum and mop right through. The friend has made it clear we all have to do it.

DameKewcumber Thu 04-Oct-12 15:15:52

I think you should have offered to pay her for a cleaner at the time (or your DH should have - I accept that you probably had other things on your mind).

One of the reasons you get it cheaper is that she doesn't have to pay a cleaner. If you want mates rates then you have to behave like a "mate"!

I think you should probably stick to hotels in future.

Why didn't you or DH go back once you'd recovered to clean it? or paid smeone to clean it?

It's clearly way to big os a deal a big deal to you hmm

Sophisticatedknickers Thu 04-Oct-12 14:50:11

OK I now accept that IABU thanks everyone for your comments.
Last time I left in a hurry, I had to be rushed into hospital with appendicitis. I didn't plan it! I know from very painful experience that things happen unexpectedly, so that's why I'm so shocked that she doesn't get a cleaner in.

Sirzy Thu 04-Oct-12 14:47:26

Unless you want to double the cost then do it yourself!

hillyhilly Thu 04-Oct-12 14:44:06

Yabu, she lets it to friends & family who she can trust to clean it after themselves except you I'm surprised she's letting you stay again.

DameKewcumber Thu 04-Oct-12 14:41:47

My mum rents out her caravan, makes sure it is cleaned before each new guest. Costs a lot more than £30 per night though - professional cleaners which she uses occasionally cost from £22-30 so you could always pay one from teh moeny you've saved.

I'm slightly baffled that you have left the van uncleaned for someone else but are worried someone else might also leave it uncleaned for you confused

It isn't difficult to solve is it? Clean the caravan to your hearts content when you arrive.

PS - how do you cope with public toilets?

hmm ffs, yes you're a snob

boredandrestless Thu 04-Oct-12 14:37:02

Your SIL isn't going to rent it out to people that she suspects wouldn't look after her property is she??

boredandrestless Thu 04-Oct-12 14:36:18

You yourself have had to leave the caravan without cleaning it and I'm sure the next occupants survived. smile

Take some dettol and what have you and be prepared to tell your dh togive things a quick wipe over. Even if it does need a clean it doesn't take long to go through a static caravan!

Sophisticatedknickers Thu 04-Oct-12 14:35:52

I really don't mind paying for a cleaner, it's just more the idea of trusting people I don't know personally to leave the place in a nice state.

Sophisticatedknickers Thu 04-Oct-12 14:30:46

So am I just being overly paranoid that someone else will leave it full of pubes etc?

NatashaBee Thu 04-Oct-12 14:30:29

For those prices, YABU. If you want it cleaned first, then offer to pay the cost (I would guess at least 15-20 pounds).

AnitaBlake Thu 04-Oct-12 14:23:05

I don't think she's being unreasonable tbh, she's giving you a low rate and only rents to family and friends. We do the same and expect people to leave it as they find it. Its not a big space so unlikely to get particularly dirty!

Sophisticatedknickers Thu 04-Oct-12 14:22:45

£30 a night for family, £50 for friends, so it's not much at all, in fact I think she's silly to keep it so cheap!

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