Yes, it can be done, but it can be potentially problematic as it will be tricky to tell if any issues were caused by the tenant when they into the property before the inventory has been done. It also means the clerk won’t be able to fully check areas covered by the tenant’s things.
Once the tenant has moved in, they have rights as the occupier. This means they might only allow access at certain times or refuse permission for us to take photos inside the property. As a result, we may not be able to do a full inventory inspection. In situations where you book us to do an inventory and/or check-in after the tenant has moved, we advise that the landlord or tenant takes their own meter readings on the first day of the tenancy – readings taken during the inventory may not give the original utility usage for bill calculation purposes.
For these reasons, we always advise that you allow enough time and sufficient notice for the inventory to be carried out before the tenant moves in.