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Rental Inspection Checklist [Guide For Renters Moving Out]

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Renter? Don’t miss a thing and follow our comprehensive moving out guide

You've found your new home and you're ready to move, but there are a few things to take care of so you can leave your current abode in top shape and give yourself the best chance of getting your bond back.

In this guide you will find:

  1. Move-out property inspection basics

  2. Rental house inspection checklist and preparation guide

  3. How to deal with any identified issues

The lowdown of leaving a rental property

Most lease agreements include a clause that requires you to leave the home in the same or even better condition than when you moved in. If you are renting a home it is inevitable that you will have a final inspection when your lease ends. The terms of the lease may have you nervous about what to expect. Use our checklist of handy hints and tips to prepare your property for your final inspection, giving you the best chance at getting your bond back.

Getting your bond back isn’t the only thing to consider - you also want a good referral and you don’t want the hassle of having to keep coming back to clean. Property managers sometimes allow tenants to use the bond money to cover the final month’s rent but this isn’t standard- the bond is there as an insurance policy, not a final rental payment.

Bonds are usually returned after paying the final rent installment and completing the move-out inspection. Any expenditure on repairs needed as a result of your actions or cleaning requested by your property manager, will be deducted from the bond. In some cases, if your bond can be used to cover the final month’s rent, any costs incurred through damage will be deducted from the remainder of the bond or charged separately.

Move-out property inspection basics

When you decide to move to a new home you have to notify your current property manager according to the terms of your lease agreement - and that’s usually 30 days but you should check your lease agreement ahead of time, to ensure that you have provided the required notice period. The checklist below can be used as a handy reference to hopefully avoid unexpected costs and tenancy disputes.

Step 1: Ending your lease agreement

  • Check your lease agreement to confirm the conditions for ending your contract, especially the notice period. You will be responsible for rent until the end of the agreement.

  • Set your move date as close to the end of lease agreement as possible to avoid any penalties for breaching the agreement.

  • If you share the lease with others who will be staying behind, notify the property manager that your name should be removed from the agreement.

  • Request a reference from your property manager as proof of your tenancy record.

Step 2: Discussing a time for the property inspection

  • Check with the real estate agent or property manager about when the new home needs to be vacated.

  • Calculate when you will be ready for the move-out property inspection based on:

    • how long it will take you to pack up all your belongings

    • your agreed moving date

    • how long the end-of-lease cleaning will take

  • Negotiate a move-out property inspection with your current real estate agent. Try to negotiate as much time as possible to organise the above, giving yourself the best chance possible to get the place spic and span for the return of your bond.

Step 3: Prepare for the property inspection

You may feel overwhelmed by the prospect of a move-out property inspection but provided you have maintained the home in a reasonable state of order and kept the fixtures and appliances in good working order, it should be fine.

If you have a copy of your property inspection checklist from moving in you can use this to evaluate whether the property is in the same condition as you found it.

Rental house inspection checklist and preparation guide

You can start doing a personal inspection of your home before everything is moved out so you can start taking care of any repairs while you have enough time. Once everything is moved out, you can take care of any additional issues that require fixing or cleaning.

Landlords will usually take care of items that are damaged or broken through wear and tear, but the tenant has to repair anything that was broken accidentally or due to carelessness.

Kitchen

  • Stovetop

  • Oven

  • Exhaust fan

  • Sink/garbage disposal

  • Dishwasher

  • Power points

  • Switches

  • Benchtops

  • Drawers

  • Cupboards

  • Walls

  • Doors

  • Floors

  • Windows

  • Blinds

  • Other

Bathroom/s

  • Bath/spa

  • Basin

  • Shower recess

  • Shower head/rose

  • Shower screen/curtain

  • Walls

  • Doors

  • Floors

  • Mirror

  • Windows

  • Vanity

  • Toilet

  • Exhaust fan/vent

  • Blinds

  • Light fixtures

  • Power points

Laundry

  • Washing machine (if part of the furnishings)

  • Dryer (if part of the furnishings)

  • Laundry basket (if part of the furnishings)

  • Exhaust fan/vent

  • Walls

  • Doors

  • Floors

  • Windows

  • Light fittings

  • Power points

Bedrooms

  • Walls

  • Floors

  • Windows

  • Doors

  • Built-in cupboards

  • Light fittings

  • Power points

Lounge

  • Walls

  • Floors

  • Windows

  • Doors

  • Light fixtures

  • Power points

  • Built-in shelves

  • Garage

  • Walls

  • Floors

  • Windows

  • Doors

  • Light fixtures

  • Power points

  • Shelves

Exterior

  • Awnings

  • Security/screen doors

  • Gates

  • Perimeter wall fence

  • Letterbox

  • Driveway

  • Clothesline

  • Garbage bin

  • Garden hose

  • Sprinkler system

  • Water softener

  • Gutters

  • Lawns

General

  • Walls

  • Floors

  • Windows

  • Doors

  • Ceilings

  • Light fixtures

  • Power points

  • Shelves

  • Smoke detectors

  • Carbon monoxide detectors

  • Security systems

  • Remote controls

  • Leaks

Step 4: End-of-lease cleaning

In order to save time on move day you may want to clean as you go along. A great way to do this is by packing up one room at a time and moving all the boxes to the front of the house or to the garage. Once a room is vacant, clean it thoroughly and close the windows and doors before moving on to the next room.

An end-of-lease clean is more thorough than a standard house clean. It also includes those little things that we sometimes overlook during regular cleaning.

Looking for an end-of-lease cleaning service? We can help.

General

  • Remove all your belongings from the property (including furniture and rubbish)

  • Steam clean carpets

  • Remove furniture dents from the carpets

  • Deep clean upholstery and curtains (in furnished homes)

  • Remove scuff marks from walls, floors and doors

  • Clean windows inside and outside

  • Wipe down inside cupboards

  • Wipe cupboard doors

  • Dust ceiling and light fixtures

  • Dust ledges

  • Clean kickboards

  • Wipe down ceiling fans

  • Vacuum, sweep and mop all the floors

  • Spray for insects

Kitchen

  • Clean out all cabinets and wipe doors

  • Clean the fridge

  • Clean the stove, oven and exhaust fan

  • Clean the dishwasher

  • Sweep and mop around and behind all appliances

  • Disinfect all surfaces

Bathrooms

  • clean inside cabinets and wipe outside

  • clean mirrors

  • remove soap scum from any tiles or surfaces

  • Use one of our handy grout cleaning techniques

  • shine the taps and sink

  • clean the toilet

Exterior

  • Sweep the garage

  • Remove any personal belongings from the backyard

  • Mow the lawns

  • Remove the weeds

  • Rake any leaves

Step 4: Take care of the final moving out details

Once you have completed your end-of-lease clean, the property will be ready for your property inspection.

  • By now you should have notified your energy suppliers of your change of address. Take final meter readings and a photo of the meters to check it against your bill later to avoid paying for a new tenant’s consumption.

  • Take photos of the property before you leave

  • Try to attend the property inspection with the property manager so you can check the home against the original inspection sheet. Keep a signed copy for your records.

  • Return all of the house keys and any remote entry controls  

  • Provide your landlord or property manager with a forwarding address for correspondence.

How to deal with any identified issues

The best way to avoid disputes relating to your rental inspection checklist or bond refund is to ensure that the terms of your lease agreement are met.

  • Ensure your rent is paid up in full

  • Ensure that the property is in the same or better condition than when you moved in

  • Supply a forwarding address where the landlord or property manager can reach you

Your landlord may seek to retain a portion or all of your bond for the following circumstances: 

  • Unpaid rent

  • Cleaning costs

  • Cost of repairs for damages

  • Costs relating to finding a new tenant if you breach the lease agreement before the agreed term ends

You may dispute a claim if you feel that your landlord is being unfair.

If you and your landlord are unable to resolve a dispute, you may get in touch with one of the following authorities in the State where the rental dispute occurred:

South Australia

New South Wales

Queensland

Victoria

Western Australia

NT

Tasmania

ACT

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