How To Leave A Property The Way You Found It

How To Leave A Property The Way You Found It

28Nov 2014

Whether you rent through an estate agent or a private landlord, most of you will have had to pay a deposit before you moved in. This amount is usually equivalent to around four to six weeks’ rent but it depends on the home owner’s discretion how much they charge. Tenants are asked to submit a deposit as a guarantee that they will look after the property and ensure that they return the property in the same condition as when they moved in. You will have heard or read stories about how landlords and letting agencies withhold large fractions of the deposit, and sometimes the entire amount, for a number of reasons – some of which are really weird. Of course, you may resort to legislation if you think you have unfairly treated but that could possibly take a long time to resolve and end up costing you more money than the deposit was worth. With such a large sum of money at stake, you will naturally want to ensure that you get as much of it back without having to go through too much trouble. While this mostly depends on kind of contract you and your landlord have agreed upon, there is still a number of things you can do to ensure that get your whole deposit back when you are moving house.1.    Fill in the inventory in detailWhen you first move into your property, your landlord will likely provide you with an inventory, which is basically a list of things that were already present in the house when you moved in. In addition to the things, do make a clear note of any wear and tear or relevant damage that you see in the house so that later on, you are not charged for them when leaving. If possible, take a lot of pictures of the property when you move in and when you leave so that you have photographic evidence of any claims you make. 2.    Read your contract carefullyNo matter how many times you have moved houses and how similar every tenancy agreement sounds, make sure you read through the terms and conditions thoroughly every time you sign one. Check especially about what is stated about the amount of deposit you can be expect to be returned under ideal conditions. This will help you avoid any unnecessary surprises when you are leaving.3.    Hire a professional end of tenancy cleaningNot only will be too busy organizing the relocation in the last few days in your house, doing the move-out cleaning alone will be a very taxing upon you. So hire a professional post tenancy cleaning service that will give the property a thorough clean meeting the standards set by your landlord.  While you are living on the property, get in the habit of cleaning your house regularly so that when you move out, you will not have months’ of dirt and grime to clean up.  4.    Hire reliable moversMost professional moving companies will employ staff is well trained in moving all kinds of stuff so most often you won’t have to worry about your house being damaged but sometimes house movers can be careless and have accidents that might leave a hardwood floor ruined or walls marked. Some of these damages might be costly and possibly, irreparable. So when you hire a removals company, make sure they come with the right people and equipment to execute your move efficiently and securely.

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