The better your property presents, the better the tenants it will attract. (And to be totally mercenary about it, the more rent you can ask for.)
So here are our property managers’ top tips for getting your property looking its very best. And a few memory joggers for things that might seem obvious – but which, in our experience, people simply forget.
Things people often forget to do. (Obvious, but essential.)
Please ensure that all mail is re-directed to your new address.
Electricity, Gas, Phone, etc. Please ensure all utility companies are advised and services cancelled accordingly. The only services to remain in your name (with your new postal address) are the water and council rates.
Appliance Manuals. Please leave a copy on the kitchen counter for the tenants to refer to. It is recommended that the agents also have a copy or the originals for safe keeping and to be able to refer to if there is a problem.
Please ensure all locks have keys. Please supply 2 or 3 full sets of keys (one for our office, one or two for the tenant)
Cleaning Inside the Property
Walls. Please clean off any dirty marks, removable scuff marks, finger or food marks etc.
Ceilings. Please remove any cobwebs.
Ceiling Mould. Please clean off - particularly in wet areas and sometimes in bedrooms.
Light Fittings. Clean off dust and remove any dead insects inside
Ceiling Fans. Wipe fan blades and the tops of fittings to remove dust build up
Skirting boards. Wipe down with a damp cloth
Doorways and Doors. Wipe off finger marks and any other removable marks
Windows. Clean inside and out. Nearly all modern sliding aluminium windows can be lifted and pulled out for easy cleaning. Also clean sills and runners. Wipe out dust build up and any dead insects. A vacuum cleaner and paint brush can really help here.
Flyscreens. Brushed and dusted down. 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 first been moved. Attempting to take them off from the outside may result in damaging them.
Screen Doors. Front and Back including frames; wiped clean and screen wire brushed.
Stoves. Clean stove top, control display, knobs, panels around knobs, any 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 – but read carefully the instructions on the product. Some cleaners can actually damage oven surfaces - like stainless steel - and some products release dangerous caustic fumes. Therefore use with extreme caution.
Kitchen rangehood. Clean pull out filters and framework.
Bathroom. Clean sink, mirror, cabinet, vanity unit and drawers, shower recess, glass screen and screen doors, bath and wall tiles. Please ensure both the sink and the bath have a plug.
Toilet. Clean the cistern, the seat, inside the bowl and also outside around the base. Don’t forget the skirting tiles around the toilet.
Laundry. Clean both the inside and outside of the trough, and underneath. Make sure the trough has a plug.
Tiling. All tiling and grouting in the kitchen, toilet, bathroom and laundry areas are clean.
Exhaust. Vents and Fan Covers are clean of any dust and dirt.
Air Conditioners. Front Vents and filters cleaned of built-up dirt. The filters on split system units 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.
Air Conditioning ceiling duct vents. Please clean if dusty or dirty.
Cupboards and Drawers. Please clean/wash inside and out. Also doors and door frames; both the fronts and backs of doors need to be cleaned.
Curtains. Wash any washable curtains and netting. If other curtains are visibly dusty or dirty, consider dry cleaning.
Blinds. If you have venetian blinds, clean off the blind slats. Any other type of blinds should be able to be wiped down.
Floors. Mopped and washed if needed. Please ensure corners and hard to reach areas are also cleaned.
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.
The inside’s done. Now for the outside.
Lawns. Freshly mowed and edged (best done a couple of days before the tenant takes possession).
Gardens. Remove any weeds, any rubbish and built up leaves etc.
Guttering. Please ensure that the gutters are freshly cleaned of any dirt/silt and leaves/twigs.
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.
Sweep paths and paving areas (this is best done before a tenant takes possession).
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.
Cigarette Butts. If there are cigarette butts lying around, please pick up and remove.
Garages and Tool Sheds. Please remove any items from inside and behind garages and tool sheds. The only things that perhaps should remain are items directly related to the property (for example spare roof tiles, other spare tiles and paint tins etc)