A rental home inspection is a great opportunity for landlords to check for maintenance and to ensure the tenants are following the terms of the lease. It’s important to inspect the property before the lease begins and after it ends, and you also want to get inside the property at least once during the tenancy.
Scheduling your Rental Property Inspections
A move-in inspection should occur after you’ve chosen the perfect tenant and that tenant is preparing to move into the property. You want to go through the home and make sure there aren’t any repairs that are required before the tenant arrives. Make sure the lights turn on, the toilets flush, and everything is clean. This inspection is important because you want to give the tenants a clean, functional property. You can set the expectation that you want it to continue looking this way.
The move-out inspection is equally as important. After a tenant has turned in the keys, go to the property and check for damage. You want to receive the property in the same condition that it was before the lease started, minus the expected wear and tear.
Inspecting the property inside and out during the tenancy is a good way to enforce your lease and look for minor repairs that the tenants may not have reported. Give the tenants plenty of notice that you’ll be arriving to look around. They can be there if they want to be, but it doesn’t have to be a requirement.
What to Look for during Inspections
Inspect the interior and exterior of the property. Outside, you want to make sure the landscaping is well-maintained. Look for chipped paint, evidence of debris on the roof, and any indication of pests like wasps or ants. Inside the home, check under sinks for leaks and look at the caulking around tubs and toilets. Test the air conditioning, heat, and water. Make sure the doors and windows lock, confirm the air filters are being changed regularly, and look for any potential lease violations like pets that have been snuck into the property. If there are problems, address them with your tenant right away.
Documenting Inspection Results
Every inspection needs to be documented. Make detailed notes about every room, and take pictures. This will be especially helpful at the end of the lease, when you’re deciding whether you need to withhold funds from the security deposit. Use your move-in documentation to compare the condition of the home at move-out. Document and photograph everything, because you can’t be too careful.
If you have any questions about how to conduct a rental home inspection, please contact us at CrossPointe Management Group.