Rental inspections are carried out to ensure a rental property is well cared for and to check if there are any maintenance or health and safety issues at that property. If your rental is professionally managed, your property manager will inspect the property to check that it’s in a reasonably clean state and there is no damage; the landlord may also attend the inspection, though they’re not required to.
Tenants tend to get quite nervous about routine rental inspections – mainly because they’re not sure what to expect. While there’s certainly an expectation that the property will be presented in a clean and tidy condition, routine inspections are not an assessment of your housekeeping skills. Your landlord or property manager is simply there to ensure that you’re looking after the property and check for any damage or little issues that may become large ones if not addressed.
Unless your rental property is particularly large, a routine inspection is likely to be complete in about 15 – 20 minutes. Your landlord or property manager will run through a checklist and may also take photos of the rooms and/or potential maintenance issues.
As with most things, thorough preparation will give you the best chance of sailing through your rental inspection. Here are some steps to make it easy:
- Stay on top of things throughout your tenancy
Keeping your rental clean and tidy throughout your tenancy will mean preparing for your next routine inspection is relatively painless, rather than incredibly time-consuming. Your landlord or PM won’t be visiting with a white glove, but issues like mould in the bathroom or build-up of grease in the kitchen are likely to be red flags that you’re not cleaning the property as thoroughly or regularly as you should be.
- Give the property a good clean
Even if you generally keep your rental fairly clean and tidy, it’s worth giving it a spruce before a routine inspection. Give the kitchen and bathrooms a thorough clean, and ensure floors are freshly vacuumed and mopped. A well-kept property shows your landlord that you’re serious about looking after their asset, which will work in your favour if you’d like to stay on at the property when your current lease expires.
- Raise any issues
Don’t overlook that regular inspections are an opportunity for you to raise any maintenance issues with your landlord or property manager. If you’re a long-term tenant who’s looking to sign on for another lease, you may even be able to negotiate for extras such as air-conditioning or a dishwasher to be included in the future.
- Don’t forget the garden
If your rental has an outside area, keeping up with gardening throughout the year will mean you don’t have a huge job ahead of you when your landlord or property managers flags that they want to come through. You can’t disguise neglect – so keep plants watered and lawns tidy at all times. Tenants who take pride in maintaining the green space at their rental are usually very well regarded by their landlords!
At Greg Hocking, we work with our landlords and tenants to ensure all parties enjoy a rewarding, hassle-free experience throughout the rental cycle. Contact your local office today for more information about the Greg Hocking difference.