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RENTAL INSPECTION CHECKLIST

Rental Inspection Checklist

Rental Inspection Checklist

Make moving out stress-free with our rental inspection checklist for renters. Ensure you leave your rental property in good condition and get your deposit back.

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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

Kitchen

Stovetop

Oven

Exhaust Fan

Sink/Garbage disposal

Dishwasher

Power Points

Switches

Benchtops

Drawers

Cupboards

Walls

Doors

Floors

Windows

Blinds

Laundry

Washing machine (if part of the furnishings)

Dryer (if part of the furnishings)

Laundry basket (if part of the furnishings)

Laundry basket (if part of the furnishings)

Walls

Doors

Floors

Windows

Light Fittings

Power Points

Lounge

Walls

Floors

Windows

Doors

Light fixtures

Power points

Built-in Shelves

Exterior

Awnings

Security/Screen doors

Gates

Perimeter wall fence

Letterbox

Driveway

Clothesline

Garbage bin

Garden hose

Sprinkler system

Water softener

Gutters

Lawns

Bathroom/s

Bath/Spa

Basin

Shower Recess

Shower head/hose

Shower screen/curtain

Walls

Doors

Floors

Mirror

Windows

Vanity

Toilet

Exhaust fan/vent

Blinds

Light fixtures

Power points

Bedrooms

Walls

Floors

Windows

Doors

Built-in cupboards

Light fittings

Power points

Garage

Walls

Floors

Windows

Doors

Light fixtures

Power points

Shelves

General

Walls

Floors

Windows

Doors

Ceilings

Light fixtures

Power points

Shelves

Smoke Detectors

Carbon Monoxide detectors

Security systems

Remote controls

Leaks

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