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Tenants, this is your ULTIMATE snag list

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Picture this: You’ve just completed your outgoing inspection and the agent or landlord has placed the blame for a host of “faults” on you. But you know for a fact that the bottom left stove plate was not working when you moved in and the second bathroom did not have bath and sink plug chains. Too bad, it’s coming out of your security deposit!

The problem here is that your lack of “pettiness” when you moved in is costing you now. You see, landlords and agents use the ingoing inspection snag and fault list and compare it to visible faults and snags during your exit inspection. If you never noted that the stove plate was not working or that the light cover was littered with dead bugs, you’re going to – rightly – be held liable for repair and cleaning.

This is what drove us to create the ULTIMATE snag list to assist you and your landlord/agent upon moving in and, ultimately, moving out.

Snag Room Comments
Visible cracks    
Paint condition    
Window putty    
Floor and bathroom tiles    
Stove plates    
Oven door, light, and seal    
Gutters unblocked and securely fastened    
Curtain hooks and  pelmet rails and stoppers    
Kitchen counter tops (burns, scratches and veneer)    
Light fittings and globes    
Bug-free light covers    
Basin plugs AND plug chains    
Window glass cracks and scratches    
Window closing mechanisms    
Alarm passives in each zone – working?    
All keys (x2 sets)    
Garage/gate remotes (working or not)    
Electrical plugs all work    
Lights all work    
Scuff, burn marks on carpets    
Kitchen and cupboard door handles all close and well secured    
Drawers all open and close flush and smoothly    
Visible leaks on ceiling boards    
Visible leaks on wooden shelves below kitchen sink    
Bathroom taps all have hot and cold markings on the CORRECT taps    
All cupboard shelves secure    
Cracks in boundary walls and holes in fences    
Built-in braai chimney clean and grid clean and not damaged    
Is the grass planted and green?    
The general state of the garden (plants, trees, grass, patches, etc)    
Toilet seat secure and not damaged    
Toilet cistern cover condition    
Is the flushing mechanism working?    
Does the fibre/telephone line work    
Toilet paper roll holder in all bathrooms    
Grouting mould at taps, bath and shower    
Shower head condition    
Shower doors/curtain condition    

Got even more often-overlook snags? Let us know about them in the comments below and we’ll be sure to add them to this list


David A Steynberg, managing editor and director of HomeTimes, has more than 10 years of experience as both a journalist and editor, having headed up Business Day’s HomeFront supplement, SAPOA’s range of four printed titles, digimags Asset in Africa and the South African Planning Institute’s official title, Planning Africa, as well as B2B titles, Building Africa and Water, Sewage & Effluent magazines. He began his career at Farmer’s Weekly magazine before moving on to People Magazine where he was awarded two Excellence Awards for Best Real Life feature as well as Writer of the Year runner-up. He is also a past fellow of the International Women’s Media Foundation.

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