Rental property inspections are an excellent way to ensure your property is being taken care of and that your tenant is following the terms of the lease. They are also critical before the tenant moves in and after a tenant moves out. Today, we’re sharing some of the things that should always be on your rental inspection checklist.
The purpose of your move-in checklist is to accurately and thoroughly document the condition of the property. You will walk through the property and check everything from the ceilings to the floors. Open up all closets and cabinets, and note any damage or repair items that are present at the time a tenant moves in. Your tenant should also have the opportunity to walk through the property and inspect it for prior damage. It’s important that this checklist covers every detail of the home because you’ll use it during the move-out process as well. Pictures are an important part of this inspection checklist. You need to have photos of everything.
Routine Inspections Checklist
You should inspect your property at least once throughout the term of a tenant’s lease. This will give you an opportunity to make sure there isn’t any unreported maintenance that needs your attention, and you can also check on the general condition of your property. Your checklist should include tasks such as checking under sinks for leaks, inspecting caulking around tubs and tiles, making sure light bulbs and air filters are being changed, and walking around the exterior of the property to see if the roof and landscaping are in good shape. If you find any maintenance items that need to be addressed, schedule those repairs as soon as possible. If there are any lease violations, talk to the tenants and put something in writing that will hold them accountable for getting back into compliance.
Move-Out Inspection Checklist
Your move-out inspection checklist should actually be your move-in checklist because you’ll be looking at all the same things. After your tenant has moved out, go through the house with that original checklist and note anything that is different or damaged. Take pictures, just like you did during the move-in inspection. This is the best, most accurate way to demonstrate any damage that the tenant caused, for which you will make a claim against their security deposit.
Inspections are absolutely essential for landlords because they protect your property and keep you informed about what’s going on at your rental home. If you have any questions about how to make them even more successful, contact us at Chattanooga Property Management.