Are Inventory Photos Worth A Thousand Words?

November 15th 2013
By: Melanie

If you are renting or letting a house it’s essential to make sure you create a comprehensive inventory of the property you rent or own.

Historically inventories have only been made in written form, detailing the description of each room and any damage to for example worktops, carpets and so fourth. In a recent article published on Lettings Today, they cover the topic of whether ‘Are Photos Worth A Thousand Words During Inventory Checks?’

It is true that a clear photograph, taken with a good camera or smart phone can add something to an inventory, and if you are tenant and notice damage to an area which has not been marked on the inventory we would highly recommend taking a picture which is dated of the damage and sending it through to your landlord or the lettings agency dealing with the property.

The most common dispute over damage to a property are the smaller ones, such as scratched baths, chipped works tops, stains on carpets. Which can be difficult to see on a small photograph, so make sure that your photographs are large enough for you to be able to zoom in and see the closer details of your room.

But it is important not to forget about creating a comprehensive inventory, any experienced letting agency will understand the importance of this, but if you are renting your property out directly do not underestimate the importance of a written and signed inventory, backed up by clear photographic evidence.

If you are a landlord looking to rent out a property or a tenant looking to rent, then why not pop into your local branch of Intercounty for a chat and a coffee.

Source: Letting Agents Today