When it comes to renting out your property, it is always worth getting professionals to do the inventory check. But how do you know that your inventory clerk is doing the best they can for you. Unfortunately, many landlords don’t find out how good (or bad) their inventory is until there is a problem. We have put together a checklist to help you choose a company that will help protect your property and give you peace of mind
The amount that an inventory clerk charges will relate to the amount of work that has gone into the job. Whilst you may wish to stay away from the most expensive companies out there, you should perhaps be just as wary of the cheapest. Rates vary depending on the services that you choose, but the old adage of ‘you get what you pay for’ can be very true.
There are many schemes and accreditations that your inventory clerk may hold. The most common and recognised ones are:
The Property Redress Scheme
The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks
The Association of Professional Inventory Providers
The point of having an inventory is to make sure that your possessions / assets are recovered or replaced if there is a dispute with the tenants. If you complete this yourself, you may find that the report would not stand up in court as the inventory needs to be unbiased and formatted correctly as required by the registered deposit scheme . It is worth checking with your supplier exactly what their service covers and if their inventory report is likely to stand up in court.
It is worth knowing exactly what you are paying for and what the inventory check covers. For example, do they take photographs or record videos to maintenance issues? What areas do they cover – for example, any outside areas or garages? Also, when do they carry out their checks – is it when the tenant moves in or out, or do they offer something mid-term to ensure your assets are being looked after.
There is nothing like personal experience and recommendations. Talk to friends and other local landlords to see which inventory clerk they use, and what they think of the service they receive. Look online to see the reviews for your chosen inventory provider.
Some providers can be very rigid on what services they offer. If you are looking for a standard service, this may seem acceptable, but if by paying just a little more you can get a bespoke service for your property, it may be worth considering
Nothing beats local knowledge. Local people know the problems in different geographical areas and are always on the look out. For example, an inventory clerk from Scotland is unlikely to be much use to a London Landlord.
If you would like a company that ticks all the right boxes and understands the importance of a job well done, why not give shuffle residential a call? We tick all of the boxes to ensure you have peace of mind and the protection you need. Give us a call today on 0333 405 0200
Alternatively, you can search for an inventory clerk on the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks