Common issues found and how to avoid them

The final inspection is a crucial step in the rental process, as it can influence the return of your security deposit. While each property is unique, there are some common issues that often come up during final inspections. Being aware of these can help you take proactive steps to avoid them.

Cleaning: One of the most common issues is insufficient cleaning. From dusty corners to stained carpets, cleanliness is a top concern.

  • How to Avoid: Conduct a deep clean before the final inspection. Consider hiring professional cleaners for a thorough job.

Damage to Walls: Holes from nails, scuffs, and marks often attract attention.

  • How to Avoid: Remove any nails and fill in holes. Use a magic eraser or similar product to remove scuffs and marks.

Appliance Wear and Tear: Appliances that are not in the same condition as at the start of the tenancy can be flagged.

  • How to Avoid: Clean appliances thoroughly and report any malfunctions well before the final inspection.

Unreported Repairs: Any damage or required repairs that were not reported during the tenancy.

  • How to Avoid: Report issues as they arise. This not only helps with the final inspection but also ensures you have a well-maintained living space.

Garden Maintenance: Overgrown or neglected gardens can be a point of contention.

  • How to Avoid: Regularly maintain the garden, and ensure it's in good condition before the inspection.

Personal Items Left Behind: Sometimes tenants leave personal items, thinking they might be useful to the next occupant.

  • How to Avoid: Remove all personal items. If you think something might be useful, consult your property manager first.

Unreturned Keys: Missing keys can result in charges for replacements.

  • How to Avoid: Keep keys organized and return all sets, including any copies made, at the end of your tenancy.

In summary, many common issues found during final inspections can be easily avoided with a bit of planning and attention to detail. Taking these proactive steps can go a long way in ensuring a smooth check-out process and the full return of your security deposit.