Preparing For A Final Inspection?
The vacating process and final inspection is often viewed as the most stressful stage of a tenancy for all involved, but it doesn’t need to be. Here are some tips and pointers to ensure it goes smoothly.
1 – Double Check Your Lease And Confirm The Expiry Date.
If you’re in Victoria and want to vacate at the end of your lease, you need to provide a minimum of 28 days’ notice with the 28th day falling on or after the expiry of your lease. Until written notice is received it is assumed you will remain in the property on a month to month basis until this is provided.
2 – Find Your Copy Of The Original Condition Report For The Property.
You will need to ensure the property is returned in the same condition listed on this report (Do your own final inspection before handing back the keys to ensure everything is the same as the report).
3 – Repair Any Damages.
If you have accidentally damaged anything, speak to your Property Manager in advance and they can assist you with getting the repairs completed to the required standard.
4 – Check The Lights.
Make sure all lights are working and replace any bulbs that have blown.
5 – Schedule Your End Of Lease Clean.
Use the agents recommended cleaner (book as soon as you give notice, as they may not be available at the last minute). They will know what the agent’s expectation is for cleaning and ensure nothing is missed, and if it is, the agent can coordinate with them directly and not delay the return of the bond.
6 – Beware Of “Cheap” Cleaners.
Their standard is rarely what it needs to be and often excludes windows, walls and external areas (Always check the property before the cleaner leaves to confirm they have completed everything).
7 – Cleaning Yourself?
If you decide to clean the property yourself, go back the next day after a good night’s sleep to do a check from top to bottom before returning the keys (MRE provide a checklist of cleaning items that need to be completed). By the time you have moved and then cleaned yourself, you will be exhausted and may not be as thorough as you need to be.
8 – Exterior Areas.
Make sure you clean/empty any parking spaces and storage cages (if applicable).
9 – Close Your Accounts.
Make sure you arrange for all your utility accounts to be closed or moved 3 business days after you return the keys. Your MRE Property Manager can assist with this and put you in contact with Connect Now.
10 – Returning The Keys.
Ensure you return all keys, remotes and fobs for the property. MRE provide an image of keys you were given at the beginning of your tenancy so you know what needs to be returned at the end.
Once you have returned the keys, the Property Manager will complete the final inspection usually within 2 business days. Make sure you are available to go back if necessary if the Property Manager picks up on anything you missed, otherwise it may result in delays or deductions from your bond. If everything is clean and as per your Condition Report, you will be sent a bond claim form to complete.