Quick Tips: Preparing For Your Rental Inspection

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Quick Tips: Preparing For Your Rental Inspection

Tenant’s rental inspections are a necessary evil, but they’re also your chance to impress the property manager or landlord and talk to them in person about maintenance issues.

What You Need To Know Before Your Next Rental Inspection

How You Can Have A Flawless (And Stress Free) Inspection

Tenant’s rental inspections are a necessary evil, but they’re also your chance to impress the property manager or landlord and talk to them in person about maintenance issues.

So if you want to ensure you’re able to make a perfect impression you’ll need to do the following:

Prep, prep, prep, and prep again

Depending on the size of the property you might have a lot of area to cover and clean, so ensuring you’ve got everything you need before beginning is a smart idea - especially if you’re also working full time, studying or just have a busy life. Cleaning almost always takes longer than you think.

If you’ve got pets this is also a good time to arrange somewhere for them to stay if they get anxious around strangers.

List your issues

Getting a list down of maintenance issues is a good idea. Your property manager or landlord should ask you whether there are any issues that need to be taken care of, and having a list ready to hand over will help them in getting your maintenance requests fulfilled.

It can also be hard to remember every detail on the spot, so having it all written down means you won’t miss anything.

Put in a little elbow grease

If you’re onto a good thing with your tenancy then doing everything you can to remain there should be a priority for you.

So when it comes to actually cleaning the property: do more than the bare minimum, put in the extra effort. It will be noticed.

Get every little corner, every mark on the shower screen and so on. With the house in impeccable condition you’ll be incentivising the landlord to keep you on as a tenant.

If there are small fixes that you’re responsible for - take care of them. The landlord is going to take care of the big stuff - but some of the smaller issues are ones you are responsible for.

Garden maintenance

Outdoors is just as important as the indoors, so maintaining the garden and battling spider’s cobwebs is something you should get onto even before an inspection notice.

If you’ve got a tenancy agreement that goes into detail about garden maintenance, that is a good sign the landlord has sunk a bit of money into the garden and landscaping, keeping it well maintained will definitely earn you points.

DON’T PANIC.

Having someone come through your home can feel like a bit of a privacy invasion, especially if your dealing with a new property manager every inspection. But don’t panic.

The landlord definitely doesn’t want you out, and property managers are mostly concerned with structural issues.

Having a great tenant (and you should aim for great) is the dream of all landlords, so keep calm.

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