Question 11

What do I Need to do Before Renting My Property?

In addition to legal and insurance obligations, you also need to pay particular attention to the condition of the property you are letting. Here is a checklist of the items you need to cover prior to letting your property:

1) Have your mail redirected - please ensure that all mail is redirected to your new address.

2) Utilities - please ensure all accounts are advised and cancelled accordingly. The only services to remain in your name (with your new postal address) is water and council rates.

3) Appliance manuals - please leave them on the kitchen counter.

4) Keys - please ensure all locks have keys. Please supply 2 full sets of keys (one for our office, one for the tenant)

Cleaning Guide

Here is what you should cover when cleaning your property:

Inside the Property

1) Walls - please clean off any dirty marks, removable scuff marks, finger or food marks etc.

2) Ceilings - please remove any cobwebs

3) Ceiling mould - please clean off, particularly in wet areas and bedrooms.

4) Light fittings – clean off dust and remove any dead insects inside

5) Ceiling fans – wipe fan blades and tops of fittings to remove dust build up

6) Skirtings – wipe down with a damp cloth

7) Doorways, doors - wipe off finger marks and any other removable marks

8) Windows – clean inside and out - please note - nearly all modern sliding aluminium windows can be lifted and pulled out for easy cleaning. Also, sills and runners should be wiped to rid of dust build up and any dead insects. A vacuum cleaner and paint brush can really help here.

9) Flyscreens - brushed and dusted down. Please be aware, most modern sliding aluminium windows allow for the flyscreens to be taken off from the inside only, once the sliding part of the window has been moved first. Attempting to take them off from the outside may result in damaging them.

10) Screen doors - front and back including frames – wiped clean and screen wire brushed

11) Stoves – clean stove top, control display, knobs, panels around knobs, pull out or in-built drip trays, griller racks, trays and any inserts, oven racks, trays and oven bottom, walls and oven roof. A good oven cleaner will clean most ovens - however it is important you read the instructions on the product carefully. Some cleaners can actually hinder oven surfaces, and also some products have dangerous caustic fumes. Please use these products with caution.

12) Kitchen Rangehood – clean pull-out filters and framework.

13) Bathroom - clean basin, mirror, cabinet, vanity unit and drawers, shower recess, glass screen and screen doors, bath, and wall tiles. Please ensure both the basin and the bath have a plug available.

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

15) Laundry - clean both the inside and outside of the trough, and underneath. Please ensure a plug is present.

16) Tiling - all tiling and grouting to the kitchen, toilet, bathroom and laundry areas are clean.

17) Exhaust - vents and fan covers are clean of any dust and dirt.

18) Air-conditioners - front vents and filters cleaned of built-up dirt. Modern systems (Wall Type) filters easily pull out and can be brushed down with a hand brush. If there is a ducted reverse-cycle air-conditioner unit, the air intake filter should be cleaned. This is usually on the ceiling in the passage area.

19) Air-conditioning ceiling duct vents - please clean down if dusty or dirty.

20) Curtains - wash any washable curtains and netting. If other curtains are visibly     dusty or dirty, consider dry cleaning.

21) Blinds - if you have venetian blinds, clean off the blind slats. Any other type of blinds should be able to be wiped down.

22) Floors - to be mopped/washed if needed. Please ensure corners and hard to reach areas are also cleaned.

23) Carpets - to ensure a greater chance of the carpets being returned by a tenant professionally cleaned, we ask also that the carpets be professionally cleaned. Phone us for details of who we recommend and use.

Outside The Property

Here is what you need to cover outside of your property:

1) Lawns - freshly mowed and edged (best done a couple of days before the tenant takes possession).

2) Gardens – remove any weeds, any rubbish and built-up leaves etc.

3) Guttering – please ensure that the gutters are freshly cleaned of any dirt/silt and leaves/twigs.

4) Rubbish - remove any rubbish that you have placed at the property. Be sure to check behind sheds, under shrubs and trees. This includes lawn clippings piled and compost left.

5) Paths and paving areas - please sweep prior to tenant taking possession.

6) Oil spillage removal – check and clean carport and garage floors, paths and driveway. If you have used a barbeque, check for any grease spots and spillages etc.

7) Cigarette butts - if there are cigarette buts lying around, please pick up and remove.

8) Cupboards/drawers - please clean/wash inside and out. Also doors and door frames, front and back of doors need to be cleaned.

If You Have A Pet

If you have a pet, here are the points you need to check off your cleaning list:

1) Pet droppings - please remove from gardens, lawns and any out of the way areas. Please dispose of in the bin – please do not bury them.

2) Dog urine - remove/clean where your pet may habitually urinate.

3) Dog stains - to outside walls- check where your dog regularly lies down, there maybe ‘tell tale signs’ on walls etc.

4) Dog//cat claw damage - check screen doors, flyscreens and curtains. Please replace the screen wire if required.

5) Dog chew damage - please ensure watering systems are free of dog chew damage and are repaired accordingly.

6) Pet hair - Please ensure any visible pet hair inside is removed.