An inventory minimises disagreements concerning missing items, deposits and the property condition. An agreed list helps to resolve disputes, or even prevent conflicts from arising in the first place. Given the importance of the inventory, there is a lot to be said for calling on the services of an independent professional to review the property at the start of the rental period.
Inventories should include photographs and video content
The inventory check covers a wide range of items. To provide the most accurate assessment of the property, modern inventory checks include photographs and videos that identify the condition and cleanliness of a rental property and its contents.
If the landlord provides furnishings with the rental property, an inventory check will state if there is any damage to the property at the start of the agreement. Also, if the furniture is stained, chipped or torn, these aspects will be detailed in the report.
The condition of shelves, wallpaper, painted areas, surfaces and ceilings form part of the inventory test. If there is any damage, including stains or marks, this will feature in the inventory check.
Flooring is vital in determining the condition of rental property
The state of flooring and carpets feature in the check, and if there are rips or stains, these should feature in the report. Similarly, stair railings, door frames and skirting boards are reviewed, and any issues will be highlighted.
While some landlords or tenants may consider these to be minimal problems, inventory checks also cover more significant issues. This report should include signs of mould, dampness or condensation in the property. These signs often indicate more pressing problems in and around the rental property, and shouldn’t be ignored.
The inventory test will also review appliances and features in the property, ensuring everything is in good working order. The oven, grill and hobs play an essential role in everyday life in the rental property, and the cleanliness of these features forms part of the review. Also, these appliances are tested to ensure they are in working order.
The same process is taken to the shower, the sink, the toilet and all features in the bathroom. Problems with functionality in the bathroom significantly impact everyday life, so there is a need to ensure everything is in good working order in this room.
Other areas considered in the inventory test include:
· Bedroom furniture, including drawers and wardrobes
· Paths, walks, driveways, and the garden, including fences and garden walls
· Garages and sheds
Information in the inventory check is vital for tenants, as it provides them with guidelines to maintain. Most tenants are keen to retain their deposit, and these guidelines help them maintain standards, helping them to reclaim the deposit.
If you are a landlord or tenant in South West London, and you need assistance with the inventory check, contact Holmes Estates, and we will be happy to help.