Here are some handy tips that you need to know before a check-out.
- All items should be placed in the rooms described on the inventory.
- All China, Glassware, Kitchen Utensils etc, should be clean and accessible. A any packed away during the duration of the tenancy must be unpacked, cleaned and returned to the correct position.
- It is expected that the property will be in a similar condition of cleanliness as at Check-in
- Beds should not be made up as they need to be examined. Bedding and linen should be clean and placed neatly in the airing cupboard or appropriate room.
- All keys must be available, and labelled clearly.
- You must be ready to vacate the property and hand over the keys at the appointed time.
The Managing Agent or Landlord must be informed of any items removed from, or added to the property. Failure to do so may result in charges being made for replacement of items removed.
All items on the Inventory are assumed to be in good, clean, undamaged order unless qualified by a marginal note.
CleaningThis must be thorough. The main areas of concern are:
Sanitary ware, windows, hard floors, woodwork, kitchen appliances, including kitchen units, shelves, ovens, cooker hoods, and refrigerators, wardrobes and drawer units, linens and bedding.
If the standard of cleaning is not satisfactory, most Managing Agents or Landlords will employ a Contract Cleaner and their account will be added to any charges shown on the Check out report.
CarpetsAll carpets should be thoroughly vacuumed. Depending on the agreement and/or length of tenancy they should be professionally cleaned. You will be charged to clean any staining or soiling.
Compensatory costs will be made towards any further damage such as stains or cigarette burns. If a carpet is badly marked or damaged, you may be charged for part or all of the cost of replacement.
Crockery, China, and UtensilsThese items will be checked for soiling, chips, burn marks, loose handles to pans, and such like. If damage has occurred beyond fair wear and tear, compensatory or replacement costs will be added to the Check out report.
DecorationsIt is accepted that during the course of normal day to day living a few marks and scuffs will appear on walls and woodwork. However, should the marking be found to be excessive charges will be added to the Check out report.
For example, hooks and nails driven into walls: excessive furniture rubbings: pencil or crayon marks, tears to wallpaper, excessive damage to woodwork.
BedsBeds, bases and mattress, and pillows will be examined for staining and damage not previously recorded on the inventory. Charges will be made in the form of cleaning charges, or compensation, or a percentage of the replacement cost as appropriate.
Linen and bedding, if any, should be left clean and pressed.
Polished FurniturePolished furniture will be checked for scratches, ring marks, burns, soiling and damage to joints, and charges made as appropriate. Repair costs and re-polishing costs are high. It is in your interest to take steps to protect the furniture with mats etc.
Soft FurnishingsIt is expected that these will be in a similar condition to the start of the tenancy. Any staining, soiling or excessive discolouration will attract cleaning charges.
KeysAll keys listed on the inventory should be kept safely and handed back at the end of the tenancy.
Should any keys be lost, you may be charged replacement costs for the locks.
If you have extra keys cut, these should also be returned.
GardensIf the owner has not employed a gardener at the property, you will be required to maintain the garden. This includes the cutting of lawns, weeding of beds, and maintaining the garden according to the season. This may include trimming bushes and shrubs, but it is suggested this is confirmed with the Managing agent prior to taking action as they may need specialist treatment.
If the standard of the garden is found to be untidy, compared with the commencement of tenancy, most Managing Agents or Landlords will employ a contract gardener and their account will be added to the Check out report.