Vacate inspection - how to prepare

Preparing for a vacate inspection

How to prepare for your vacate inspection.


Preparing for a vacate inspection doesn’t have to be a stressful time and we want to ensure that the transition period of vacating a property with our agency is an easy process. In order to so this, there are several points to understand and ensure that you abide by your responsibilities are a tenant.


Your responsibilities;

Returning the keys to the office on the day your notice expires during business hours. Should you hand the keys late you will be charge extra rent until the day we receive the keys.


To avoid misunderstandings, it is essential that the property is handed over in a clean, tidy and undamaged condition. Before you vacate the premises and return the keys to the office, would you please ensure you have complied with these clauses:

13.1 – to keep the residential premises reasonably clean; and


13.2 – to notify the landlord as soon as practicable of any damage to the premises; and


13.3 – not to intentionally or negligently cause or permit any damage to the premises; and


13.4 – when the agreement ends, to leave the premises as nearly as possible in the same condition, fair wear and tear expected as set out in the premises condition report.


Should you vacate the property and the property is not in a clean and acceptable condition, being the same condition it was give to you, minus fair wear and tear, our office will arrange for a cleaner and or handyman to have the property cleaned and damage repaired at your cost. It is your responsibility to ensure that any cleaning, or rectification work is completed prior to returning possession of the property.

Please be aware that cleaning and damage are not considered to be fair wear and tear. Fair wear and tear means the deterioration that occurs over time with the use of the premises, even though the premises receive reasonable care and maintenance. The below examples may help to explain the difference.

Fair wear and tear

We understand how easy it is to overlook various items in the rush of moving, we have listed below to assist you, the most common problems encountered during our vacating inspection.

Please keep in mind that if the unit is left in a clean condition, not only will your tenancy record remain intact you will also receive the bond refund with minimal waiting.




Windows, window tracks, windowsills and ledges, fly screens.

Venetian blinds to be thoroughly cleaned and free from all dirt and dust. All Curtains to be washed or cleaned as required.

Skirting boards to be dusted, carpets to be steam-cleaned, lino or tiled floors to be cleaned thoroughly.

All light fittings to be dusted or cleaned where necessary.

Any damaged items. i.e.: cracked windows, marked walls, broken lights or tap fittings, etc. are to be repaired or replaced.


Any exhaust fans are to be cleaned and free of grease. All light fittings to be dusted or cleaned where necessary.



Hand Basin, Taps and Fittings

Bath, Shower and Shower Screen

Toilet, Vanity and all Surfaces

Mildew is also to be cleaned thoroughly. Mildew is also to be treated with the correct chemicals.



Stovetop, Dials sides & back of stove(under splash trays & rings to be removed & cleaned thoroughly)

Grill, Oven & surrounding walls

All cupboards, Shelves and doors

Bench tops to be wiped

All personal items must be removed. Any personal items left in the premises the tenant shall be charged for removal.



Exterior walls and under eaves should be free of dust, dirt and cobwebs

Lawns are to be mowed, edges trimmed, garden beds weeded and all rubbish removed.

It is important to note that if you hire a cleaner, it is your responsibility to check that the  property is clean and in the same condition that it was given to you at the start of your tenancy, minus fair wear and tear.

Many tenants prefer to use our preferred cleaners, as they offer a guarantee to go back and clean the property, should it not reach the required standard. This of course does not cover if any damage has been caused during the tenancy.

Download your  Vacate Checklist

Should you have any queries, feel free to contact your Property Manager on 9893 7788 or visit the FAQ’s page from the rental bond board here

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