Inventories and Check-Ins: What’s The Difference?

Inventories and Check-Ins: What’s The Difference?

Inventories and check-ins… aren’t they pretty much the same thing? Do you really need to have both? Well, yes and no. They are similar, but they’re not the same and they do different jobs. As for whether or not you have to have one, that’s your choice – but we always recommend you do. It keeps your investment safe, and helps your tenant feel comfortable too. Let’s look a little closer at each of these reports and determine what the differences are.


The Inventory

When a new tenancy begins it is crucial to have a new inventory report carried out too. At Looksy Inventories we thoroughly and carefully inventory the condition and cleanliness of the property before the next tenants move in, giving you – and them – complete peace of mind.

Our inventory reports contain information on the condition of the walls, floors, and ceilings. We count the plug sockets. We note colours and patterns. We spot issues that you may not have noticed. We make sure you’re aware of it all. This accurate and detailed account on the condition of your property makes being a landlord or managing agent that much easier.

The Check-In

Whereas the inventory is ideally carried out by the inventory clerk by themselves, the check-in is carried out when the tenant is moving in. The inventory clerk will walk through the property with the tenant, pointing out anything that was noted on the inventory. This way, the tenant is made aware of any issues.

When the check-in is done, the tenant will sign the inventory to say they agree with it, or they will request changes.


Why It Matters

If there was to be any kind of dispute when the tenant moves out, the original inventory, agreed by both landlord and tenant, can be used to determine the condition of the property at the beginning of the tenancy. Without these reports, the tenant would not be able to be held responsible for any damage – who’s to say it wasn’t there before they moved in? Without the report, there is no proof either way.

Although most landlords will agree to having an inventory carried out, not as many choose to have a check-in done for the same property. Ideally, you would choose both to ensure that everything is as it should be.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact Looksy Inventories today – we can help you get the job done.

Looksy Inventories is a family run, independent, small business. A husband and wife team who want to enjoy their work, have more time for their family, but work hard in the process. We’re not a large corporation, we’re not a franchise with a huge back office behind us. We’re just us, just Looksy Inventories, just here for you.

Contact us today to find out more.

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