What’s the Purpose of a Property Inventory?

The purpose of the property inventory is to give an accurate description of:

  • the exterior of the property
  • the interior condition and decorative order,
  • plus the fixtures and fittings including walls, doors, windows,
  • plus the soft furnishings, curtains/blinds, and carpets,
  • plus any cupboards and furniture
  • plus white goods

of a house, bungalow, flat, studio or caravan!

Each area of the property should be clearly detailed and we follow a consistent method of notation when describing items their condition and cleanliness so that it can be easily understood by both landlord and tenant or another instructing person.

It’s all about being thorough.  If the detail is not considered, then tenants could claim that a landlord’s lush velvet curtains, which they damaged, should only be replaced with cheap unlined cotton ones!

When we walk into a room we consider every part that you can see. Our Property Inventories and Schedules of Condition take into account the ceiling, light fittings, walls, doors, door furniture, paintwork, windows, skirtings, electrical sockets and fittings, telephone and internet connections, light switches, carpets, curtains, pictures, mirrors, shelving, furniture, white goods and more…..

This may sound like a lot but if the tenant causes damage to any one of these parts landlords will want to be able to prove the condition when the tenant moves in so that they can show they are liable for any costs of repair or replacements.

If you’re preparing a Property Inventory and Schedule of Condition ask yourself ‘would the adjudicator be satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that the prepared report was accurate and unbiased?’.

Accurate unbiased and independent inventory reports are always best prepared by a professionally qualified independent inventory reporter at IAM Inventories otherwise they could be considered bias and may not provide the evidence required or stand up to scrutiny should a dispute occur.

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People and property are my passion, and I love it when they work together in harmony, especially when it involves a binding legal agreement that provides an accurate written record of the condition, contents, and cleanliness of a property at the beginning, during and end of a tenancy. My role is to share insights, knowledge, skills, and know-how with people invested in property. Read more about the evolution of IAM Inventories.