Routine inspections are an integral part of the tenancy. Landlords and property managers use routine inspections to make sure that the tenant is maintaining the property and it is being kept reasonably clean. Many tenants, however, become unduly stressed during a routine inspection because they are unaware of what to expect during the process.
What happens in a routine property inspection?
- Property manager gives a notice for routine inspection in writing to the tenant 7-14 days prior to the inspection. As a tenant, you are expected to keep the property neat and clean and prepare it well for the inspection. We recommend you use this time as a spring clean of the property every 3 months.
- Put clothes and dishes away and present tidy surfaces. This allows all areas inside the home to be easily inspected. Clean your oven, windows and don’t forget the window tracks.
- Undertake routine cleaning, sweeping, and dusting before the inspection. Clean all surfaces in the kitchen and the bathroom as well as appliances and fittings. Remove marks, if any, from the walls and if carpets are dirty have them cleaned.
- If you have lawn, cut the grass and remove all dead leaves and garbage before the inspection.
- If you are not able to be home, your Property manager usually has duplicate keys and will complete the inspection of your property in around 10-15 minutes.
- Property managers may take photos to have records of repairs and maintenance. These photos are seen by the landlord and they get information about any damage that may have taken place.
- A tenant is usually informed by the property manager that the inspection has been carried out. They will also outline any issues that need to be addressed by the tenant.
A routine property inspection should be an easy and smooth exercise for the tenant. There is no reason to be stressed before and during a routine inspection if you are a good tenant and keep the property neat and clean.