Thursday, 21 July 2016

A Handy Rental Inspection Checklist From LetsLiveHere

Regular readers will know by now that I am in the process of moving home, as my current home is just too small for us as a family. LetsLiveHere a property letting service for students and professionals based here in Newcastle Upon Tyne, have recently sent me a handy rental inspections checklist and I thought I would share it with you all. I think this checklist is super useful to those of you who rent properties especially at this time of year when many people - especially students are moving into rented accommodation.

Rental inspections aren't an event we all particularly look forward to, that's why LetsLiveHere the property experts, are giving you an insight into what they look for when undertaking an inspection. 

What is a rental inspection ? 

The main purpose of a rental inspection is for the landlord to evaluate the condition of the property, and ensure there is no needed maintenance or repair issues with the properties exterior or interior e.g dampness or leaks. Usually your landlord will periodically hold rental inspections every 3-4 months, and give you at least 24 hours notice to when these occur.

Although it is a dreaded event, inspections are a great opportunity for you to build your relationship with your landlord, and make them aware of any issues you are experiencing with the property. If you build a strong relationship with your landlord they are more likely to want to update property features and respond quicker to any repairs.

Rental inspection checklist

What should you be doing to prepare for your inspection ? Use this checklist to ensure your property is ready for all property checks.

  • Start cleaning parts of the property as soon as you are aware of the inspection so that you are not overwhelmed when it is time to clean the whole property e.g the shower, toilet, oven. 
  • Make a list of any issues with the property you want to discuss. 
  • Clean the property, now is the time to clean properly, don't forget little areas - window sills, shower drain, exhaust fans. You don't need to be on your hands and knees scrubbing but the cleaner you present the property the more willing your landlord will be to do things for you.
  • Make any minor repairs, such as changing light-bulbs, scuff marks on the walls or fixing any carpet stains. 
  • Clear any clutter, get rid of any items you may not need. 
  • Do a circuit of the exterior of the property and ensure there is no rubbish and lawns are mowed and tidy.
  • Lastly, if you any pets ensure they are secured on the day of inspection. 
Rental inspections are crucial for your landlords, therefore we do advise for you to be as helpful and willing as possible. 

You can speak to one of the LetsLiveHere friendly and helpful staff members here

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