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Inspections are a valuable tool for any landlord. They can help to prevent major problems and avoid expensive repairs. To get the most out of an inspection, a property manager needs to do more than just casually glance around a rental property. Make sure to follow these tips during a rental inspection.

Know When to Perform an Inspection

A move in inspection documents any issues with the property, and it helps improve tenant relationships. Move out inspections are a great way to reassess the condition of the property when the tenant leaves. Doing it as soon as possible will give people more time to handle any issues. Furthermore, it is a good idea to perform inspections every six months to a year throughout the tenant’s lease.

Always Give Proper Notice

Check the tenant’s lease carefully to see what sort of notice period is provided. This helps prevent any confrontations with a frustrated tenant. It also ensures one can access every part of the property for the inspection, which may be difficult if the tenant was not informed about things like putting away pets.

Make a Checklist of Items to Inspect

It can be easy to forget to check up on every part of the home when one is in the middle of a busy day of inspections. Therefore, it is a good idea to make a list of all major appliances and structural components that need to be checked. Some items that should always be inspected include:

  • HVAC system
  • Faucets
  • Toilets
  • Light fixtures
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven and stove
  • Hot water heater

Encourage Resident Participation

If possible, ask a resident to be present during the inspection. This does more than just reduce later claims about the inspector damaging or stealing property. It also provides a lot of insight. The resident can bring to one’s attention problems that would have otherwise been missed. If the resident is doing anything that would potentially violate their lease, being able to explain in person why that is a problem can help ensure future compliance.