GETTING READY FOR YOUR NEXT INSPECTION
Rental inspections are an inevitable part of being a tenant. Here’s how to get ready for your next rental inspection to make sure everything goes smoothly.
Prepare ahead of time to make sure your place is in top shape before the inspection. Landlords and agents are required to give at least 24 hours’ notice of an inspection but most tenants will receive at least a week of notice to get ready. Once you receive your inspection date, mark it in your calendar and set a reminder on your phone. From there, you can start getting things done each day to prepare.
Make sure you take time to thoroughly clean your bathroom, living spaces, appliances, surfaces, and floors. Don’t forget the hidden areas that might need cleaning too such as the exhaust fan covers on your stovetop. These covers can be cleaned by simply sliding them out from the exhaust fan and gently washing them in lukewarm water with a mild detergent.
If you have pets, remember to tell your landlord or property manager where your pet will be when they come to your place. For example, you might want to leave your pet outside in the yard or in the laundry while the inspection takes place.
Complete your inspection form and make sure to list any issues that need attention. Your property manager completes regular inspections to make sure the place remains in good condition and any maintenance and repairs are done quickly. For repairs that are the landlord’s responsibility make sure you list them. This might include things like plumbing problems, faulty light fixtures or faulty fittings. If something needs attention and you don’t have an inspection notice, you don’t need to wait until then to list items. Make sure you keep your property manager informed about anything that needs attention as it happens.
If you have a garden and yard, make sure you take the time to water the plants and cut the grass to keep things in good condition.
Rental inspections are designed to make sure everything is in good condition and working order for the landlord and yourself. By keeping your place presentable and informing your property manager or landlord as maintenance or repairs are needed (not leaving them until the inspection), everything will go smoothly.