4 Ways To Prepare For A Rental inspection

October 13, 2016 |
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For many residents of Sydney, home is a rental property.

Whether you’re saving up to afford the deposit on your first house or simply waiting for that perfect piece of real estate to come on the market after selling, there are a lot of benefits to be had from leasing a home.

With that being said, some aspects of renting can be a bit stressful, and property inspections are undoubtedly high on that list for many. It certainly doesn’t have to be that way though, and in this article, we’ll run through four ways that you can prepare yourself (and your home) for a visit from the landlord or property manager.

You’d be surprised how caught up some tenants can get in the thought of having an inspection go poorly.

1. Don’t stress

Okay, so maybe this one seems a little bit obvious, but you’d be surprised how caught up some tenants can get in the thought of having an inspection go poorly. In reality, it’s unlikely that the visit will take much longer than 10 or 15 minutes, and in most cases, it’s a completely painless experience. What you should keep in mind is that all the inspection is doing is making sure that the property is still in great shape. You’ll also get plenty of notice – at least 24 hours, but often days or weeks – so you’ve got plenty of time to get things looking spick and span.

2. Get animals out of the house

We’ve written recently about how many landlords are recognising the benefits of allowing pets in a rental property. If you’re an animal-loving tenant, this is great news as you can bring Fido the dog or Jeff the cat along with you. Even so, the inspection is perhaps one time when you should get them out of the house. Even the most laid-back of inspectors may baulk when approached by a jubilant canine, and from a practical perspective, it’ll be a lot easier to keep things clean if there’s less activity around the home.

Take your pets for a play outside when it comes to inspection time.

3. Clean the house

Again, this one might seem slightly obvious, but it’s important to remember that an inspection is your chance to show what a good tenant you are. We’re certainly not saying that the property has to look like a show home, you do live there after all. What you should aim for is to make it look as though the property is in as good (if not better) condition then when you moved in. If a property inspector can see that you are really taking care of the place, they’ll be far more likely to take your concerns seriously if any issues crop up down the track.

4. Repair the damage you’ve caused

When renting a property, one of the most difficult areas is deciding whether a repair is the responsibility of the landlord or tenant. In general, you as the renter are responsible for any damage that you’ve caused. This could be a chip in the wall paint from moving furniture or a blown bulb from leaving the lights on all day. Either way, if you make sure that you’re honest and fair in addressing any problems, you can expect to receive the same in return.

Well, there you have it. Inspections don’t have to be stressful or frightening at all. In fact, you can use them as an opportunity to show just how well you’re taking care of the property and to rack up some brownie points with your landlord.

For more information on renting out or leasing property in Sydney, contact Laing+Simmons today.

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