Dealing with the inevitable dispute surrounding ‘appropriate wear and tear’ at the end of a tenancy can be exhausting. Most landlords and managing agents alike realised very early on that using photographs to supplement their inventory reports saved an incredible amount of time and money in the long run. However, knowing what exactly to photograph and what makes these pictures appropriate or fit for service can be tricky.
So, Assist Inventories have decided to provide you with some quick industry insights that might help to make the process a lot easier. And remember, it is always recommended that you use a high quality HD camera to take all of your photos to avoid blurring and incorrect colour results:
Which Areas Should Be Photographed?
Make sure that you have photographed and re-photographed each room in its entirety, including its interior building work, its items and its adjoining areas, such as doorways and hall passages. Remember, these photographs are a key piece of evidence in any dispute concerning damage to your property or the costs of replacing an item in it.
How Many Pictures Should Be Taken?
Many professional and properly certified inventory services take on average 150 photographs per report. The main aim of photographic evidence is to be rigorous and thorough.
What Items Should Be Photographed and How?
Simply taking a picture of your sofa or table is not an appropriate way of determining the quality of the item in a given property. Know your items and your property.
If there are certain problem areas in your property from previous tenants or parts of the interior that are more likely to be damaged (such as skirting boards and door frames), don’t forget to focus on these areas more.
The simplest example here is a sofa. Examine and photograph each cushion cover, the arms of the chair the surrounding floor where it is placed and the sofa without its cushions. We all have heard the story of the tenant that simply flipped the cushion covers to avoid paying for the damage done to one side of it.
If you have any items that have a sentimental value to you, it is always best to simply remove them. The cost of replacement for such items is far less than the personal value you give it.
And remember, make sure that you have an even amount of light and that the entire item, or problem area, is contained within the frame of the photo to ensure the clarity of the image. The devil is in the detail.
Can I Get Help With This?
Sound like a lot of work? When professional landlords and agents understand the time it takes to complete a full property inventory they often call in some reinforcements.
At Assist Inventories we offer property inventory services to Landlords and Agents alike. Call us today to find out how we can help you or check our prices online right now.