Pros and cons of using an Inventory Clerk

by Ed Firmin

Posted on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 at 12:32

Landlords are always looking for ways to save costs in order to improve their profit margins; there are unquestionably some instances where it works in their favour to take the DIY option.

However, when it comes to inventory clerks, I definitely recommend taking the professional option as opposed to trying to do the job yourself.

I do think that, in the main, landlords tend to do an ok job of undertaking inventories themselves. However, having liaised with many clerks that have compared their inventories with the landlord’s own, they are definitely not as thorough.

The level of detail in an inventory tends to include the description of the object, brand, condition, model numbers (where relevant), cleanliness, the inclusion of warning and safety labels. Would you think to include all that?

Having a vague document which contains various omissions of objects, or that doesn’t state the condition of certain items of furniture could prove costly when it comes to the end of a tenancy. It could mean that you are more open to disputes, and if you can’t prove the condition of a certain item, or you know that something has gone missing but it’s not listed, then, to be honest, you haven’t got much of a leg to stand on.

It also helps if the document presented in the event of a dispute is independent and unbiased. It’s a reliable document which you can trust will be inclusive, complete, and professional. In fact, the document produced by an inventory clerk is usually prepared to an approved format, which tends to be universally accepted, which helps not only in the case of a dispute which is accelerated, but also when it comes to insurers, in case of a flood, fire etc.

It also helps when someone independent goes through your property, and they can actually help to identify any problems that need resolving that you may have missed, for example, leaks, infestations, electrical hazards etc.

It’s actually time consuming going through a property listing out all items, and really, is it worth it for the sake of a relatively low amount? When you add in the peace of mind that such a service provides, why wouldn’t you use an inventory clerk?

So, for these reasons alone, you can see the worth of purchasing an inventory clerk’s services.

If you’d like some advice on how an inventory clerk works, what roles and responsibilities, as well as any recommendations for clerks you can use, please get in contact, I’m more than happy to advise you.



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