Preparing Your Property for Rental

For your convenience we wish to provide you with a guide to getting your rental property ready for tenants.

It covers common areas often easily overlooked by owners when moving out.

Some Things To Do

Have your mail redirected. Please ensure that all mail is redirected to your new address.

Utilities. Electricity, gas, phone, etc. Please ensure all are advised and cancelled accordingly. The only services to remain in your name (with your new address) are water and Council rates, ES Levy, house insurance.

Appliance Manuals. Please leave them (or photo copies) on the kitchen counter.


Keys. Please ensure all locks have keys. Please supply 2 full sets of keys (1 for our office, 1 for the tenant).

Advice for tenants. Prepare a list for the tenants regarding useful tips about things such as rubbish collection night and advice on appliances.

Cleaning Guide for Inside the Property

  • Walls – please clean off any dirty marks, removable scuff marks, finger or food marks etc.
  • Ceilings – remove any cobwebs.
  • Ceiling Mould – please clean off (particularly in wet areas and sometimes in bedrooms).
  • Light Fittings – clean off dust and remove any dead insects inside.
  • Ceiling Fans – wipe fan blades and tops of fittings to remove dust build up.
  • Skirting’s – wipe down with damp cloth.
  • Doors – wipe off finger marks and other marks.
  • Windows – clean inside and out – (please note – nearly all modern sliding aluminium windows can be lifted and pulled out for easy cleaning) Also sills and runners (wipe out dust build up and any dead insects. Vacuum cleaner and or paint brush can really help here).
  • Fly screens – brushed and dusted down. (Please be aware that most modern sliding aluminium windows allow for the flyscreens to be removed from the inside only, once the sliding part of the window has been moved first. Attempting to take them off from the outside may result in damaging them).
  • Screen Doors – front and back including frames – wiped clean and screen wire brushed.
  • Stoves – clean stove top, control display, knobs, panel around knobs, any pull out or in-built drip trays, griller racks, trays and any inserts, oven racks, trays and oven bottom, walls and oven roof. A good oven cleaner will clean most ovens – however it is of importance that you read carefully the instructions on the product. Some cleaners can actually hinder oven surfaces (like stainless steel), and also some products have dangerous caustic fumes. Therefore use with extreme caution.
  • Kitchen Rangehood – clean pull out filters.
  • Bathroom – clean sink, mirror, vanity unit and drawers, shower recess, glass screen and screen doors, bath and wall tiles. Please ensure that both the sink and bath have a plug available.
  • Toilet – clean cistern, seat, bowl inside and also outside around the base.
  • Exhaust – vents and fan covers are clean of any dust and dirt. A dishwasher cleans exhaust fan covers really well.
  • Air-conditioners – front vents and filters cleaned of dirt build-up. Modern systems (wall type) filters easily pull out and can be brushed down with a hand brush. If there is a ducted reverse – cycle air-conditioner unit, the air intake filter should be cleaned. This is usually on the ceiling in the passage area.
  • Air-conditioning Ceiling Duct Vents – clean if dusty or dirty.
  • Cupboards / Drawers – wash and clean inside and out.
  • Curtains – wash any washable curtains and netting. If other curtains are visibly dusty or dirty, consider dry cleaning.
  • Blinds – if you have venetian blinds, clean off the blind slats. Any other type of blinds should be able to be wiped down.
  • Floors – to be mopped and washed.– Ensure corners and hard to get areas are also cleaned.
  • Carpets – to ensure a greater chance of the carpets being returned by a tenant professionally cleaned, we ask also that the carpets be professionally cleaned.


Smoke Alarms – Check Smoke Alarms – if you have a standard battery type consider installing either a hard wired or a 10 year long life battery type (by Aissa at This will give you peace of mind as tenants may not check on a regular basis.

Outside Maintenance

  • Lawns – Freshly mowed and edged. Sweep paths and paving areas. (best done a couple of days before tenant takes possession).
  • Gardens – remove weeds, leaves and any rubbish.
  • Guttering – ensure that the gutters are cleared of any dirt / leaves etc.
  • Rubbish – remove any rubbish that you have placed at the property. Check behind sheds, under shrubs and trees. This includes lawn clippings and compost.
  • Oil spillage removal – check and clean carport and garage floors, paths and driveway. If you have used a barbeque, check for grease spots and spillages etc.
  • Cigarette Butts – pick up and remove.
  • Garages and Tool Sheds – please remove any items from inside and behind garages and tool sheds. The only things that perhaps should remain are items directly related to the property (for example spare roof tiles, other spare tiles and paint tins etc).

If you have a pet

  • Pet Droppings – please remove from gardens, lawns and any out of the way areas. Please dispose of in the bin – please do not bury them.
  • Pet Urine – remove / clean where your pet may habitually urinate (base of walls, veranda posts etc).
  • Pet Stains – to outside walls – check where your dog regularly lies down, there may be ‘tell tale signs’ on walls etc.
  • Dog / Cat claw damage – check screen doors, fly screens and curtains. Please replace the screen wire if required.
  • Pet chew damage – please ensure that watering systems are free of dog chew damage and are repaired accordingly.
  • Pet Hair – Please ensure any visible pet hair inside is removed.