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How to Conduct Rental Property Inspections as a Landlord

How to Conduct Rental Property Inspections as a Landlord

Have a new tenant moving in or out? If so, it's essential that you perform a rental property inspection.

But, the main question that most landlords have is how should you perform rental property inspections the right way? We've taken the time to create a brief guide that will help you conduct all the property inspections you need to ensure your properties are in tip-top shape for future tenants.

What Is a Rental Property Inspection?

A rental property inspection is when you take a tour of the properties you own to ensure the property is in good condition. There are several types of property inspections that you'll conduct during your time as a property manager, including:

  • Move-in inspection
  • Move out inspection
  • Drive-by inspection
  • Routine safety inspections

They all serve different purposes; the basis is the same, ensuring your property is in good condition for current and future tenants. It also helps to make a list of repairs that need to be made before people move into the property.

It's essential to conduct routine inspections because no one wants to live in a home that could pose a safety hazard to them and their families. Inspections also allow you to stay updated on current upgrade trends that you could make to the home to attract tenants in the future.

Give Notice to Tenants

Before you conduct an inspection, ensure you give your tenants prior notice. This will allow them to prepare for the inspection, and it's part of the law to provide notice, so you don't overstep tenant rights.

If you're unsure of your rights and your tenants' rights, don't forget to speak with your legal representation because they can fill you in on what you need to know.

Conduct the Inspection When Tenants Are Home

After you give notice, you don't have to wait until the tenant is home, but it might be more beneficial. You'll want your tenant to be home so they can conduct the walkthrough with you.

Another reason this is beneficial is that they can point out areas of the home that are of concern or need to be repaired while you're there. You can add these items to your list during the inspection.

Only Photograph Areas of Concern

During the general property inspection, you might have to photograph parts of the home that need repair for documentation reasons. When you're taking pictures, ensure you leave out all the tenant's personal items.

For example, if you have to put the property up for rent on a rental website, potential tenants don't want to see someone else's personal items in the photos. 

How to Conduct Rental Property Inspections 101

When conducting rental property inspections, ensure you understand how to do it the right way. Ensure you've given tenants notice ahead of time, and don't forget to encourage them to be present during the inspection.

Are you in need of help regarding tenant information or your properties? Contact Terra Residential Services for more assistance.