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Rental Property Inspection Checklists for Attentive Landlords

Rental Property Inspection Checklists for Attentive Landlords

It's that time again: time to do a rental property inspection. Whether it's because you're between tenants or it's a routine check-in with your current tenants, you need to plan ahead so you know what to look for.

We're here with a few brief rental property inspection checklists that can help you get on the right track. Read on to learn more.

Potential Tenant Issues

If you conduct mid-tenancy rental property inspections (not all landlords do, so this is an option that you have), there are a few things that you can look out for to make sure that your tenant is keeping the property in good condition and to make sure that you're doing everything that you can to help them with that.

Look for any potential signs that the tenant is doing something that their lease doesn't allow them to do. Are there signs of pets on a no-pets property? Does it look like your tenant is using candles even when you don't allow candles?

Check for serious damage. Is there anything that's immediately visible that needs to be repaired?

Remember that normal wear and tear is not your tenant's responsibility, but larger issues (like large holes in the wall, pulled-up flooring, or broken glass) can be.

Notify your tenant of any problems that you see that they should change. Most tenants will be happy to make any necessary fixes if it means they won't be penalized and won't lose their security deposits. 

General Property Maintenance Issues

There are also many problems that can occur through no fault of your tenant's own. It's likely that your tenant will miss certain small maintenance issues, or think that they're so inconsequential that they're not worth bothering you with.

You have the opportunity to jot those problems down so you can connect your tenant with maintenance services. This will build goodwill between you and your tenant and keep your property in better condition.

Things that you want to look at are:

  • Appliances
  • Plumbing
  • Smoke or carbon monoxide detectors
  • HVAC issues

These things can all also become safety problems if there are issues. It's a good idea to check on them at least once per year.

Building Maintenance 

Don't only focus on each individual unit when you're doing your yearly inspection. Make sure that you're also looking at the outdoor space and the common areas.

Look in the darker unused areas of your property for any signs of mold or water damage. If you notice dampness, check for leaks.

Check your parking area (if applicable) for cracks and arrange for them to be fixed as soon as possible.

If you're responsible for the outdoor area, like a garden or a yard, make sure to check on it as well. If your tenants are responsible, note your findings and talk to them about what they should fix. 

Use These Rental Property Inspection Checklists

Each of these brief rental property inspection checklists should set you on the right track to having a well-maintained property where your tenants will love to live.

Are you looking for help with inspections and maintenance? Why not invest in professional property management in San Diego? At Penny Realty, our team is ready to help you out.

Contact us so we can start working together today.