For your convenience, here is a guide to getting your property ready for your new tenant. It covers common areas overlooked by owners when moving out and is provided here as a convenient checklist.
SOME THINGS TO DO
- Have your mail redirected. Ensure that all mail is re-directed to your new address.
- Utilities – Electricity, Gas, Phone, etc.
- Ensure all accounts are advised and cancelled accordingly. The only services to remain in your name (with your new postal address are water and council rates).
- Appliance Manuals – Please leave them on the kitchen counter.
- Keys – Please ensure all locks have keys. Please supply 2 full sets of keys (one for our office, one for the tenant).
INSIDE THE PROPERTY
- Walls – Please clean off any dirty marks, remove scuff-marks, finger or food marks etc.
- Ceilings – Please remove any cobwebs.
- Ceiling Mould – Please clean off (particularly in wet areas and sometimes in bedrooms).
- Light Fittings – Clean off dust and remove any dead insects inside.
- Ceiling Fans – Wipe fan blades and tops of fittings to remove dust build up.
- Skirtings – Wipe down with a damp cloth.
- Doorways and Doors – Wipe off finger marks and any other removable marks.
- Windows – Clean inside and out. Also clean all sills and tracks by cleaning out dust build up and any dead insects. A vacuum cleaner and paintbrush can really help here.
- Flyscreens – Brush and dust down.
- Screen Doors – Front and Back screen doors, including their frames, should be wiped clean and the screen wire brushed.
- Stoves – Clean stove top, control display, knobs, panels around knobs, any pull out or in-built drip trays, griller racks, trays and any inserts, oven racks, trays and oven bottom, walls and the ceiling of the oven.
- Kitchen Range-hood – Clean pull out filters and framework.
- Bathroom – Clean all sinks, mirrors, cabinets, vanity units and drawers, as well as the shower recess, glass screen and screen doors, bath and wall tiles. Please ensure both the sink and the bath have a plug available.
- Toilet – Clean cistern, seat, bowl inside and also outside around the base.
- Laundry – Clean both the inside and outside of the trough, and underneath. Please ensure a plug is present.
- Tiling – All tiling and grouting to the kitchen, toilet, bathroom and laundry areas are clean.
- Exhaust – Vents and Fan Covers are clean of any dust and dirt.
- Air-conditioners – Front Vents and Filters should be cleaned to remove any built-up dirt. Modern systems (wall-mounted) have filters that easily pull out and can be brushed down with a hand brush. If there is a ducted reverse-cycle air-conditioner unit, the air intake filter should be cleaned.
- Air-conditioning Ceiling Duct Vents – Please clean down if dusty or dirty.
- Cupboards/Drawers – Please clean/wash inside and out. Clean doors, door frames and the front and back of doors.
- Curtains – Wash any washable curtains and netting. If other curtains are visibly dusty or dirty, consider dry cleaning.
- Blinds – If you have venetian blinds, clean off the blind slats. Any other type of blinds should be able to be wiped down.
- Floors – Mop/wash as required.
- Carpets – To ensure a greater chance of the carpets being found in the best condition, we recommend that the carpets be professionally cleaned prior to tenancy.
OUTSIDE THE PROPERTY
- Lawns – Freshly mowed and edged (best done a couple of days before the tenant takes possession).
- Gardens – Remove any weeds, rubbish and build up of leaves etc.
- Guttering – Ensure that the gutters are freshly cleaned of any dirt/silt and debris.
- Rubbish – Remove any rubbish that you have placed at the property.
- Sweep – Paths and paving areas (this is best done before a tenant takes possession).
- Garages and Tool Sheds – Please remove any items from inside/behind the garage and tool sheds.