Do I still need this service if the property is unfurnished ...
. then it is more a Statement of Condition which assesses the condition and colour of paintwork, wallpaper, curtains.
A Landlord needs to know if his newly painted magnolia walls end up being black and yellow with blue stripes!
As to the cost of an inventory, both parties can come to some arrangement to whom should pay. The common arrangement is that the Landlord pays for the initial Inventory whilst the tenant pays for the check out report.
For a sample report click [here]