We would encourage you to take time to read your check-in report/inventory and go around the property checking that the description of the items, condition of the décor and standard of cleaning matches that stated. Usually, it will be a true representation of the property, but this is your opportunity to query any missing items or inconsistencies as you see them.
If you find that, for example, the check-in report states that the oven is cleaned to a professional standard but that the grills are greasy to the touch, make a note on the inventory and report this to the landlord promptly. Often the landlord will ask that you return the inventory within 7 days and report any cleaning issues within 48 hours and it is important that you stick to any timescales given.
While taking photographs is a good idea, it is difficult to establish cleanliness from a photograph, so while they can be great supporting evidence in some cases (for example the inside of an oven), the written description is key. It is impossible to photograph a smell, or something that is sticky to the touch, and taking a photograph of dust on a carpet can be equally tricky, so clear, concise wording describing the item is most useful.
It can also be a good idea to pay special attention to areas which tend to make the most use or require the most cleaning, such as:
- The oven
- The shower/bath
- The fridge/freezer (this should also be defrosted)
- The windows
- The flooring