Whether to inventory yourself or employ someone

Inventory Genius

Inventory Genius provide an easy to use,
yet comprehensive inventory tool. 
This is an inventory built by property professionals
– not software specialists!

Contact: hello@inventorygenius.co.uk

                  Tel: 01332 653888                                        

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If you employ someone, check they have a robust method of carrying
out an inventory
Ideally make sure they are members of AIIC or APIP  
If you prefer to do the inventory yourself, don’t create your own, make sure you have a good system to help you, such as Inventory Genius  
Make sure the inventory has:-
  • The correct and full property address
  • The property type eg terrace, flat
  • The date the inventory was carried out
  • Preambles at the beginning which are easy to read and understand especially regards to cleaning conditions
Include the property address on each page  
Carry out the inventory on the day of move in, or the day before  
Make sure you clearly word everything  – someone has to be able to read and understand it without you being there  
Be specific, if there are scratches, don’t say ‘a few’ say two or three  
If you have evidence an item or decorations carried out to the property are new insert the date  
Take photos of problem areas and use a pen to highlight where the problem is  
Make sure the outside walls and floors are safe, eg no lose tiles or bricks  
Inspect all walls, ceilings and fixtures and fittings, check for scratches,
knocks and marks
Check for stains and rips in flooring and carpets  
Look for signs of damp and mould, especially in bathrooms and around windows  
Make sure electric and gas appliances, plumbing, lights etc switch on and work  
Check the doors and windows open, close and lock  
Look carefully at kitchen worktops for burn marks, scratches and stains  
Are all the white goods, sinks, taps, bathtubs, working okay and are they clean  
Check outside and in the garden for the condition of things like fences/gates  
Know and note if the tenant is going to be responsible for it  
Make a note via a time stamped photograph and in writing, of meter readings, both on check in and check out, make a note of where they are  
Ask the tenant to sign each page of the inventory to prove they have read it   
Make sure you carry out the inventory check out with the tenant there to sort any disputes at the property  

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