A guide to getting your property ready for tenancy

So you want to rent out your property and you are not sure how your property should be left at the start of a tenancy. The best rule is to think “how would I like the property handed back to me?” Properties left in neat and tidy condition have more chance of being handed back in the same condition.

Following are some guidelines to getting your property ready for your new tenant.

Some Things To Do

Mail & Utilities  - If you are moving out of the house that you intend to rent, have your mail redirected - Please ensure that all mail is re-directed to your new address. Please ensure all utilities such as electricity, gas, phone, etc. are advised and cancelled accordingly. The only services to remain in your name is water and council rates (with your new postal address). Unless, of course, you would like us to pay these from your rent. Just let us know and we can organise this for you.

Appliance Manuals – Please supply manuals to us, this way we can photo copy them for the tenants. If you cannot locate them let us know and we can try and find them on line for you. We will need all make and model numbers.  

Keys - Please ensure all locks have keys. You will need to supply 2 full sets of keys (one for our office, one for the tenant).

If you would like us to organise the cleaning of your property, have any maintenance done or have a gardener attend, please let us know. We will be happy to get this organised for you. If you would prefer to do these jobs yourself please use the below list as a guide:

Inside the Property

Walls - Please clean off any dirty marks. A good sugar soap of the walls always gives your home a fresh look.

Ceilings - Please remove any obvious marks and any cobwebs.

Ceiling Mould – Remove any mould, particularly in wet areas and bedrooms.

Light Fittings –Remove any dead insects inside and clean off dust.

Ceiling Fans – Wipe fan blades and tops of fittings.

Skirtings – Wipe down with a damp cloth.

Doorways, Doors - Wipe off any other removable marks.

Windows – Clean inside and out including sills and tracks.

Flyscreens - Brushed and dusted down.

Screen Doors - Front and back including frames – wiped clean and screen wire brushed.

Stoves – Clean stove top, griller racks, trays, oven racks, and oven bottom, walls and oven roof.

Kitchen Rangehood – Clean filters and framework.

Bathroom – A good clean of the shower, screen and grout is required. Clean the sink, mirror and cabinet, not forgetting to wipe out the inside of the drawers and shelves. Please ensure both the sink and the bath have a plug available.

Toilet - Clean cistern, seat, bowl inside and also outside around the base. Don’t forget the skirting tiles around the toilet.

Laundry - The inside and outside of the trough will need a wipe down including, not forgetting the trough cupboard. Please ensure a plug is present.

Exhaust - Vents and Fan Covers in all kitchen and bathrooms are clean of any dust and dirt.

Air-conditioners - Front Vents and filters cleaned of built up dust. If there is a ducted reverse-cycle air-conditioner unit make sure to wipe down each duct and the air intake filter should be cleaned (this is usually on the ceiling in the passage area).

Cupboards/Drawers- Please clean/wash inside and out of any kitchen or bathroom cupboards, linen press and robes. Wipe all shelves and doors and door frames.

Curtains - Wash any curtains and netting which are considered ‘washable’. If other curtains are visibly dusty or dirty, consider dry cleaning.

Blinds - Clean off the blind slats of any venetian blinds. Any other type of blinds should be wiped down.

Floors - To be mopped/washed.

Carpets – We ask every tenant to have the carpets professionally cleaned at the end of any tenancy, therefore, they need to be professionally cleaned at the commencement of the tenancy.

Outside The Property

Lawns – Have the lawns freshly mowed and edged a couple of days before the tenant takes possession.

Gardens – Remove all weeds and any rubbish.

Guttering – Please ensure that the gutters are cleaned.

Rubbish - Remove any rubbish that you have lying around including behind sheds, under shrubs and trees.

Sweep - Paths and paving areas to be swept, this is best done before a tenant takes possession.

Oil spillage removal – Clean carport and garage floors, paths and driveway. Check for any grease spots if you have used a barbeque.

Garages and Tool Sheds– Please remove any items from inside and behind garages and tool sheds. The only exception is leaving spare paint, roof tiles, etc. these will be photographed by the property manager at the commencement of the tenancy.

If You Have A Pet

Pet Droppings - Please remove from gardens and lawns.

Dog stains - Check where your dog regularly lies down, clean off any dirty marks.

Dog/Cat claw damage - Check your screen doors, flyscreens and curtains. Replace the screen wire if needed.

Pet Hair - Please ensure any visible pet hair inside is removed. We also ask that if there has been a pet inside that you have the property flea bombed or treated when you have the carpets cleaned.