How to Pass a Final Inspection

Tips for tenants to help get a full bond refund

15/12/2015   Tannaya Jessop, Property Portfolio Manager

At the end of every tenancy, our property managers conduct a final inspection to ensure the property is left in the same condition as it was given to the tenants at the start of their lease. This is an important step in the vacate process, as it helps us determine how much, if not all, of the bond will be refunded to the exiting tenants.

Our aim at this inspection is not to “nit-pick” or grab at your bond – we always take wear and tear into consideration – but we need to make sure that the property is presented in a reasonable condition to the next tenants. If for some reason we need to deduct from the bond, we will only take what is needed to bring the property up to this reasonable condition.

To help you avoid any unnecessary deductions, I have come up with a few hints and tips to help ensure you pass your final inspection and make the process of moving out a smooth and stress-free experience. I’ve highlighted a few areas below that your property manager will always pay close attention to, as in the hustle and bustle of vacating, they are often overlooked by even the most discerning tenants.

Showers, screens and base

Make sure you scrub! Check to ensure that any soap scum has been removed and shower screens are clear. Your bathroom should sparkle.

Kitchen stove top and oven

Like the bathroom, a little bit of elbow grease goes a long way in the kitchen. Wipe down the stove top and splash back, and ensure the oven is thoroughly cleaned. Don’t forget to clean the range hood, there can often be a build up of oil in the mesh so make sure you pull it out and rinse it!

Walls and minor scuff markings

Sugar soap works a treat when cleaning walls of minor scuff marks. Wipe down the walls as you would any other surface, and watch the scuffs disappear!


Ensure your carpets are professionally steam cleaned, and receipt is provided when you return your keys. Have a chat with your property manager before you book in a carpet clean, as they’ll often have a preferred cleaner that they can recommend.

Light globes

Don’t leave the next tenants in the dark! Check to all the light globes to ensure they are in working order, and replace any that have blown.

There is an old adage that says “treat others how you want to be treated”, and I am a strong believer that the same sentiment should apply to your rental property. You wouldn’t want to move into a neglected property, so it makes sense that you leave your property in tip-top condition for the next tenant. By watching out for the items above and following our helpful tips, hopefully we can make your vacate a dream and refund your bond in full.

For more tips on how to master a vacate clean and complete all those annoying tasks like scrubbing the walls, cleaning the range hood or getting your shower screens to sparkle, try YouTube for some helpful video tutorials. In the meantime, download a copy of The Hopkins Group Vacating Checklist that might prompt some things you hadn’t thought of.

To discuss any of your vacate concerns as a tenant or if you have any questions about preferred suppliers, don’t hesitate to contact a member of The Hopkins Group Property Management team.

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