RENTING MADE EASY
We’ve listed a few handy tips to help the move into your new home go smoothly.
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Please ensure you set up your rent payment via automatic payment. This means the payment will come out on the same day every week so you’ll never get an arrears letter from us AND it helps you budget.
We’d also appreciate ONE rent payment per household so if you can nominate one person to make the full rent payment each week this helps us reconcile the payments quickly.
Regular inspections happen 4 times a year. You’ll receive notice via email 7 – 14 days before your inspection is due.
You do not need to be home for the inspection, all we ask is that the property is clean and tidy when we visit. If you have any maintenance items, please leave a list on the kitchen bench – better yet, pop us through an email with a description and photos as soon as something comes up so we can sort it for you sooner.
Here are some of the things we check during an inspection:
- Stove/Oven, appliances are all clean
- Rangehood filters are clean
- Carpets/floors are vacuumed or swept
- All lightbulbs are working
- Lawns and Gardens are tidy and maintained
- Windows and windowsills are clean and there are no cracks or breakage
- No internal damage to walls or doors
- No dripping taps or visible leaks
- No rubbish around the property or damage to fences and paths
- Smoke Alarms MUST be up and having working batteries
It’s a good idea as a tenant to have Insurance. Content insurance protects your belongings and Personal Liability Insurance will protect you from damage that happens to the property that may be deemed careless by yourselves or your guests.
The Residential Tenancies Act states that tenants (or their invited guests) are liable for damage that is caused intentionally or by being careless.
GETTING YOUR BOND BACK IN FULL
You’ve given notice! We’re sad to see you go!
At the end of your tenancy, you’ll want your bond back quickly, moving can be an expensive time! Firstly, you need to get ready for your Exit Inspection. This involves making sure your belongings have been removed and the property has been left in a clean and tidy condition on or before your last day in the property.
- Leave the property in a clean and tidy condition
- Remove all of your furniture and belongings from the property by your tenancy end date
- Remove all rubbish from the property and dispose of it
- Double check your Entry Inspection and check any chattels listed remain at the property
- Mow the lawns and tidy the gardens by your tenancy end date
- Make sure the rent is fully paid and up to date
If your property isn’t ready for an Exit Inspection, you may be charged extra rent until the property is 100% ready.
If it all seems a little overwhelming, we have some handy tradespeople that we can recommend and who won’t charge you the earth. Just give us a call to find out more.
We’ve also designed this handy checklist to ensure your bond gets refunded to you in full and quick smart.
Lawns – make sure lawns are mowed and tidy
Gardens – ensure weeds are pulled and any grass clippings and rubbish have been removed
Oil Spillage – check and clean carport and garage floors, paths and driveways
Cigarette Butts – please don’t leave these lying around. Pick these up and remove them
Garage tools and appliances – remember to check the garage and any garden sheds for your tools
Walls – clean off any marks or scuffs, finger or food marks
Doorways and frames – clean any finger marks
Ceilings – remove any cobwebs and fly dirt. Check the kitchen and bathroom for grease and mould and clean this off too
Light Fittings – clean off dust and remove any dead insects. Check all bulbs are working
Skirting Boards – wipe these down with a damp cloth
Windows and Sills – wipe these and remove any dead insects or mould in the runners. A vacuum cleaner will make this job easier
Oven/Stove – give these a good clean, pay attention to the racks, glass door and the trays under the elements
Rangehood – clean the greasy filters, these are usually dishwasher safe so can make the job easier
Bathroom – clean sink, mirror, cabinet, vanity unit and drawers, shower recess, glass screen doors, bath and wall tiles. Don’t forget the extractor fan
Toilet – clean cistern, seat, bowl inside and outside and around the base. Don’t forget the skirting and areas behind the toilet – And PLEASE, take your toilet brush with you!
Laundry – clean the inside and outside of the laundry basin and the wall and floor behind the washing machine/drier
Heatpump – front vents and filters need to be cleaned of built up dirt and grease
HRV ceiling duct vents – please clean around these if they’re dusty
Cupboards and drawers – give these a vacuum out first and then wipe down. That way you’ll get all the pesky bits stuck in the corners
Blinds – clean off blind slats
Floors – vacuum all floors, mop all hard floors and pay attention to the corners