HOW TO: Prepare for a Routine Inspection
Routine inspections are necessary for the property manager, as it reassures both the manager and the landlord that the property is being well looked after. It’s also a good opportunity for the tenant to mention any maintenance issues, and be made aware of any problems that may slowly be arising in the property (ie- damp in walls etc).
Here’s 7 handy things to remember for your next routine inspection:
1. Prepare ahead of time.
Jot down any questions or concerns, ensure the house is accessible, make sure someone is home (if required), and allow yourself time to tidy the property. Aim to prepare a room or area a day in the lead up to the inspection – this will help you to avoid a mad cleaning frenzy the morning of!
Hint: Agents will usually give a few weeks’ notice before a routine inspection; however by law are only required to provide the tenant with 24 hours’ notice.
2. Prepare your pets
Some pets may become anxious or aggressive towards an agent inspecting the property – particularly if no one else is home at the time. It may be best to take your pet for a walk or have it stay with a neighbour whilst the agent is present.
Hint: Temporarily relocating your pets is also a relief for tenants, as they don’t have to fret about their furry friend running out the door, accessing areas they shouldn’t, or tripping up the agent!
3. Clean up
Inspections are a good excuse to give the property a good clean. This shows agents that you’re looking after the property well, and that you’re respectful of your surroundings. It also makes it easier for an agent to see any problems that may slowly be forming (ie mould/damp, peeling paint, general wear and tear)
Not strictly necessary, but good practice. Agents like to be able to see walls, floors, and windows of a property so that they can spot scuffing, cracks, holes, and more. This is difficult to do when there’s posters, floordrobes, etc. de cluttering is also an apparent stress relief!
5. Mention maintenance issues
Throughout your cleaning and de-cluttering, you may notice certain issues around the property. You should jot these down and photograph them so that the agent can organise for these issues to be rectified.
Hint: It’s easier to have these written and ready, rather than just verbalising them to the agent, as it means things won’t be forgotten!
6. Get green
If your property has a garden, you should make it clear that you’re looking after it by mowing, weeding, watering, and generally sprucing up the area. The appearance of a garden can totally change the ‘feel’ of a property.
7. Get some air in there
Open windows and doors, and air the property out. This is always nice to do, whether there’s an upcoming inspection or not!