If you’ve never performed a Routine (periodic) Inspection before, it’s easy to think that this is just an inspection to make sure that the tenant isn’t trashing the property, but it’s more than this. Here are some of the things that go into a good routine inspection:
- Speak to the tenant (if they’re home for the inspection) to find out about any repairs and maintenance required at the property. The tenant is usually aware of little niggling items that might not be easy for you to pick up on at an inspection, so they’ll be able to share this information with you as soon as you arrive at the property.
- Walk through the entire property. You want to walk into every single room, so that you can view it, not only from the doorway, but from inside the room. This gives you different perspectives and allows you to see the room from different angles. You might notice repairs, maintenance and cleaning issues from different angles in different lights.
- Wander through the gardens. Notice the way the plants, lawns, gardens and any storage shed are being cared for. Check to see if any timber is being stored up against buildings, which might attract white ants, look to make sure that rubbish is being disposed of properly.
- Pay attention to the number of beds in the property. Are the number of beds the same as the number of occupants approved to live in the property?
- Look up, look down. Notice the condition of the floor and ceilings, don’t just look at things on eye-level. You might notice water damage on a ceiling, or termite dust along a carpet line.
Of course, you are also there to check that the tenant isn’t trashing the house, but you can provide so much more value to your landlord clients if you pay attention to other things while you’re performing these inspections.
Our Rent Roll Starter Program includes a checklist for Routine Inspections. For more information on how to access this checklist or to find out how to start your own Rent Roll, contact us today on phone 02 7903 9993