Safety first

August 21, 2013

We know that our tenants would like to move by the end of the month. That gives us a couple more weeks to get Mum’s house ready, which is just as well as there’s still a lot to do!

Luckily we had just had the gas boiler serviced so we knew it was ok, but we had to ask the chap back to re-check things and produce the Gas Safety Certificate.

The Electricity Safety Check threw up a few things which needed doing first and this was our first major cost in preparing to let. Still, it has to be worthwhile to make things safe for all concerned.

The EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) was duly completed and a copy given to the Letting Agent as requested.

We have placed restrictions on access to the garage and the loft, so that we can retain some storage space. There are some things we just can’t get rid of at this stage.

I’d already emptied all cupboards, wardrobes and drawers, and sorted or disposed of their contents as best I can. The family have had the chance to choose anything they would like and, after that, I’ve distributed what was left to various local charity shops.

Now it’s time for the big stuff.  We were warned that most tenants these days would prefer to rent an unfurnished property. That has proved to be the case. Even the curtains I had been so busy washing a few weeks earlier wouldn’t be needed after all.

So we’ve got the number for the collection service for the local Hospice’s charity shop.  They can probably take all except the three piece suite – which does meet fire safety standards, but unfortunately all but one of the labels confirming that have been removed over the years (a big mistake) so no charity will be able to take this off our hands. Still, we have plenty more to offer them!

The tenants have requested that we have the carpets steam cleaned, which is fair enough. We’ve been quoted £120 for the whole house, but it has to be done.

Of course, it can’t be done until we remove all the furniture.  We’re cutting it fine, but the Hospice charity can collect the day before. They’ll bring their big van!

It’s now time to sign contracts. It’s definitely going ahead, and we are asked to have the place completely ready exactly one week before the tenants are due to move in.  During that week the letting agent will arrange to do an inventory, which I understand will be extremely detailed, for everyone’s sake.

Sorting, cleaning – it’s hard work, but we’re getting there. Summer is well under way and I’m very aware that while we’ve been so busy indoors, the garden is blooming, to the point of being overgrown. I’d really like to leave it tidy, in the hopes that we can expect the tenants to keep it that way, so I must tackle that soon.