We were recently instructed by a private landlord to cover a new inventory and check in at his property in Clapham, South East London. Our clerk arrived at the appointed time of 10am to begin dictating the report and was surprised to discover that the landlords property was still in situ and required cleaning. We advised him that if he wanted the property to be returned in good order everything needed to be ready and clean before we commenced our report. This is essential when conducting a detailed inventory. He agreed and arranged to have all items that were not a part of the tenancy to be removed and have the property professionally cleaned. *He asked us to return at 3:00pm the same day. We returned as instructed at 3:00pm, only to find that although all his property had been removed, it still was in the process of a professional clean that was clearly going to take several hours given the size of this substantial Victorian refurbished house. We rearranged to return the following day at 12:00pm.

Our clerk returned to cover the inventory together with a trainee and met the landlord as planned. Everything was in order apart from new carpets being laid at the time but that was not going to cause a problem.

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A summary of proceedings: Front garden tidy, shrubs neatly cut, tidy. Entrance/hallway freshly decorated good condition. Kitchen all appliances clean in good condition, cupboards, work surface and sink clean. Through lounge tastefully decorated ample storage and shelving units, huge bay window. Basement lobby/utility room/cloakroom clean and tidy. Electricity meter hidden in wall with a slot cut out in the plaster to view the reading.

The gas meter was proving difficult to locate but our experienced clerk was on a mission to find it. Armed with a clue from the last meter he thought that this may also be well disguised. After poking around in the cloakroom he discovered that the mirror was a little loose. He pulled it away from the wall at the base and was astonished to find that it was hinged from the top and when lifted up found the gas meter within, embedded in the wall – Sherlock Holmes eat your heart out!

On to the stairs and first landing, all good a couple of chips on the bannister and newel post but very minor. Bedroom one had a light mark on the ceiling, bedroom two no issues, family bathroom was expansive and tastefully fitted out the mirror was slightly aged with silvering at the edges consistent with age. His and hers hand basins too!

Stairs to landing two with Velux windows providing good light. Bedroom four was also good, the carpet had been professionally cleaned but some residual old stains remained as noted. Bedroom five was quite quirky on two levels with a wooden ladder leading to a sleeping area – nice!

Down to the garden all neat and tidy with AstroTurf.

We mention all this, as our trainee was blown away by the attention to detail and observations our clerk had noted. A good example of how an inventory should be undertaken and what is expected from a Smart Inventory Service Clerk.

*Aborted appointments are charged at £30.00 + VAT for each aborted visit.

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