Knowing how to properly handle inspections for your rental property will ensure that you’re able to keep up on maintenance and keep your property in excellent condition. Today, we’re telling you how a Honolulu professional property management company conducts these inspections.
The first inspection you should do is a pre-tenant inspection. This is a thorough analysis of the home, where you open every cabinet, open and close all the windows, test water shut off valves, and feel the drain lines to see if there are any signs of leaks. You’ll want to run all the appliances and identify anything the home might need prior to moving in a tenant.
Move In and Move Out Inspections
These inspections give you the ability to document the condition of the property before the tenant moves in and after the tenant moves out so you can identify any potential charges against the tenant’s deposit in accordance with state law. It’s best to be present for these inspections with the tenant, and to go through the house as a team. Then, when the tenant moves out, if there are any charges against their deposit, they won’t feel as surprised because you did the inspection together. During the move in inspection, you also have the opportunity to conduct a mini orientation. You can show the tenant how to reset a GFI or a breaker panel. Explain how to change a toilet flapper and anything else that can help with basic maintenance.
Inspections During Tenancy
You don’t want to give your tenants the keys, and then not see them until they move out. That will make it very hard to enforce the lease terms. Instead, go to the property periodically, at least once or twice a year. This will be sufficient enough so that you can identify problems early on and hold the tenant accountable if necessary. This should be a shorter inspection that lasts maybe 10 or 15 minutes. Make sure nothing is out of place and look for maintenance items that might need attention.