How to prepare for a routine rental inspection
Regular routine inspections of rental properties are really important, but they can be a cause of a lot of unnecessary stress for tenants. Mostly, this is because they don’t know what they are for or what is expected of them. The purpose of routine inspections is to look at the property as a whole, to take note of any maintenance matters that need attention, to make sure the tenants are keeping the property and gardens reasonably clean and tidy, and to help build a good relationship between the parties.
Here are a few easy ways to prepare for your routine rental inspection:
1. Start preparing early
Property managers are required by law to provide at least 48 hours’ notice before an inspection but most will give you at least one weeks’ notice. As soon as you get the notice, start to do little things to prepare for it. Clean the shower one day, clean the oven another day, and make sure all your rubbish goes out with the bins that week. It’s much easier to clean and tidy incrementally, rather than spend an entire evening exhausting yourself scrubbing the place from top to bottom.
2. Make arrangements for your pets
Inspections can be stressful for pets, especially when it is someone new coming into the home and you are not there. If you have a close friend or family member who can look after your pet until the inspection is done, that would be the ideal solution. Alternatively, have them somewhere secure on the property so the property manager has free access to complete their inspection.
3. List any items to discuss
Inspections aren’t only for the benefit of the property manager/property owner. They are also an excellent opportunity for you to let them know about any ongoing maintenance problems. The person doing the inspection will not test everything to make sure it works, so if you know of something that needs repair, make sure you let them know. For example, if a toilet flushes, but is slow to drain away, or if there’s a light fitting that keeps blowing light bulbs, make a note of it. Remember that tenants do have a responsibility to inform their property manager of the need for any repairs.
A property with dirty windows, mildew on tiles, carpet stains and other small, messy details could give a poor impression to the property manager. We look in corners of rooms, skirting boards and window sills for dust build up. Removing dust shows us that the residents are house-proud and have a bit more attention to detail - which can really help the inspection overall. Although we aren’t specifically inspecting housework, it does make our job easier if the property is clean, and if things are put away and rubbish has been removed.
5. Be honest
Sometimes life gets on top of us and we run out of time to get the property looking just right. Get on the front foot and be honest about it. Letting your Property Manager know up front that the property is not presented how you would like and what you see are issues that should have been done, shows that you have taken ownership of it, and that you care – even if you haven’t had the time to do it! Doing so will give your Property Manager confidence that your tenancy is running well, and allow a bit of leeway. It will also show that you will be open to follow through with any of their recommendations.
Need more information and tips on rental inspections? Contact Harcourts Grenadier Accommodation Centre. 0800 22 38 88 or email@example.com
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