In our continuing series of useful tips for tenants moving out of their rental properties, we thought it would be useful to list a few check-out details which you should be aware of:
- Utilities – always make a note of the readings on your gas and electric meters to make sure you only pay for what you’ve used.
- You won’t receive your deposit on the day you move out. A checkout will be carried out on the last day of your tenancy, with a report prepared & sent to the landlord. It’s to your advantage to attend the check-out so you can talk through any issues there are and then to avoid a formal dispute occurring
- It’s recommended that you compare the state of the property with the check-in report and begin to put right anything which is your responsibility to maintain.
Certain areas of assessment are always carried out during an inspection:
- The condition of the furniture
- Curtain rods and blinds to make sure they are working
- Stains on carpets or rugs
- All light bulbs
- Batteries in smoke alarms to test if they are working
- Domestic appliances to ensure they are working (whilst it may not be your responsibility to repair them, it is the tenant’s responsibility to report their disrepair)
The inventory check will also include close inspection for damage and the cleanliness of the property including:
- The condition of walls (dirty marks or damage)
- Domestic appliances including dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, oven and hob
- The bathroom including furniture, floors and tiling
- The kitchen including interior and exterior of cupboards, work surfaces, floors and tiling
- Carpets and rugs
- Windows – exterior and interior
- The furniture (marks and damage)
- The tidiness of the garden (if this is stated in the tenancy agreement)
To ensure that you receive 100% of your deposit and avoid any disputes with your landlord, make sure that take these points into account. If you need a hand with any cleaning & property maintenance matters then why not give The Organised Cleaning Company a call on 020 7458 4433 and we’d be happy to help!