Believe it or not, renting can come with a lot of stresses that don’t involve actually paying rent! A major factor of stress for many people is the regular inspection by your property manager.
The inspection can lead to ensuring your bond is kept and, in some cases, ensuring your lease is renewed. However, there’s no need to fear, as we’ve prepared a list of things to do to assist you in preparing for a rental inspection.
Make Yourself Inspection Ready
In order to prepare for a rental inspection, you will need to ensure you know exactly when that will be. Ask your agent if you are unaware.
Now that you have a time frame, you can begin preparing as soon as possible. Getting into the habit of cleaning/repairing things now rather than doing so with the inspection right around the corner. It is much easier to progressively check things off rather than do it all in one flurry.
Be Honest with Your Property Manager
At the end of the day, your rental isn’t going to be perfect, and your property manager will know this. Somethings are out of your control and you have to be upfront with your manager.
Anything noticeable or anything that may have permanent damage should be clarified with your manager prior to inspection.
This can range from holes in walls, mould, sizable stains etc. which can all be preventable prior but should be clarified beforehand if that’s the case.
Assess every room
Its easy to ensure main aspects are inspection ready, but also take into consideration items you wouldn’t normally consider.
Inspecting your walls, floorboards, light fittings to name a few are crucial during inspection. Make sure to mark down any wear and tear cracks, creaky floorboards and loose cables in your lighting.
Other aspects can be in your sinks and plumbing, making sure your taps are working and drains are all clear. Bring these up with the manager to adjust and fix at a later date.
Nuisances like cobwebs and dust don’t need to be cleaned thoroughly for an inspection, but give them a quick wipe over.
Keep Yourself Calm
A rental inspection is nothing to panic about or keep you up at night thinking of all the things you need to prepare.
Most likely it will last about 10-15 minutes and will mainly focus on any major grievances if any.
There is ultimately no need to stress, just ensure your place is cleaned up, your home is ‘dressed to impress’ and relax.