Preparing for your Property inspection
They come around every 3 months, and are often a day most tenants dread, however the routine property inspection has positives for both tenant and landlord.
The main reasons for conducting a property inspection are to ensure that the property is being well cared for and that any maintenance or health and safety issues are identified and addressed.
This is your opportunity as a tenant to point out any items prior to the inspection that may need attention and to get feedback from the property manager on what can be done to address these. Making a note of these items upfront can avoid any disputes when it comes to bond refunds.
If you are home when the inspection occurs, talk to your property manager about the maintenance items alternatively leave a note detailing the items.
In addition to the above, the property manager will also be looking at how the property has been cared for during your time there.
Things to consider prior to the inspection:
- Ensure all rooms are clean and tidy
- Ensure routine cleaning has been completed: including items such as dusting, sweeping/vacuuming, cleaning kitchen surfaces, bathrooms, oven, grill and any overhead fans
- Removal of any mould especially from wet areas like shower recesses
- Cleaning any marks from walls, kitchen units or other surfaces
- Ensuring lawns are mowed and in good condition, edging and weeding has been done, and disposal of any garden rubbish
- Other outside areas (such as decks, patios) swept and tidy
Keeping your rental neat and tidy and addressing any maintenance items early on, will go a long way to ensuring the final inspection goes well and bond monies are not withheld.