Once you have been approved for a rental property, you will be busy preparing for the moving-in process.
What do you plan and be prepared for from the moving-in process to the eventual move out?
Retain the lease documents – often, we find that tenants misplace their lease documents and so had to request a copy from their property manager, causing unnecessary work and delay. Keep a copy of your lease in a safe place and electronically so you may have access to it when you need it. Often you will be asked for a copy of your lease when you sign up for a mobile phone, internet, etc so it’s always best to be prepared so you do not waste time looking for it;
Entry condition report – this is one of the most important documents you will encounter. The entry condition report is the evidence you use at the end of your lease to make sure you get your bond back. Go through every single line on the entry condition report and put in detailed information on each line, such as “3cm long gash approximately 1 metre from the ground on the entry wall opposite the front door”. Take photographic evidence and email it to your property manager and keep a record for yourselves. You will be surprised how these information will reduce the amount of disputes at your move out. Make sure you return the entry condition report to the property manager within 3 days of your move in;
Check all utility connections – it falls on you to make sure all your utilities are connected. Speak to your property manager and find out what companies you will need to sign up for utilities such as electricity, gas for hot water, internet, telephone, etc. The last thing you want is to move in to a place and not have any power connected;
Maintenance request form – often an agency will have a maintenance request form for you to fill in to report any maintenance needs. Do you know you can speed up the maintenance just by supplying some simple information such as make and model of appliance that is broken, detailed description such as “washing machine stopped at spin cycle and cannot complete cycle or drain the water”;
Direct debitrent payment – do you know you can automate your rent payment via direct debit with your bank or through the agency? This way your rent payment will be diligently done periodically and it means a great rental ledger and history for when you are ready to find your next rental property;
We seek to be the most helpful property manager when helping you move in to one of our properties. Contact one of the Nuvaq team members now to see if we can assist you in making your move in and stay with us as easy and delightful as possible.