Routine Inspections: The What, When, Why, and How!
If you own an investment property, then one of the most critical services a property manager provides is the routine inspection. So, what exactly does this involve, how often does it occur, and what should the owners be paying attention to?
A routine inspection is conducted up to four times a year – the tenant is given adequate written notice of intended entry to prepare, and its primary aim is to for the property manager to assess the condition; to ensure the property is being properly cared for, and also to determine if there are any repair, maintenance or health and safety issues.
It’s better for all involved issues are detected early to prevent them becoming major or more costly repair outlays; and also, the inspection gives the property manager a chance to identify something that might be in breach of the rental agreement.
During a routine inspection, the property manager will look at both the exterior and interior of the property, assessing each room for its condition and noting any damage. A good property manager will take photos during the inspection, which they’ll include in the copy of their report that they send to you, along with any feedback.
It is important to note that a routine inspection is not a housework inspection – it is designed to gauge the condition of the property and how well it is being cared for. Although the property manager will expect the property to be clean and tidy, they are not there to assess the way the rental occupier lives, unless they are doing something in breach of the rental agreement.
The quality and thoroughness of routine inspections may differ from one property management service to another, so it is important that you engage an experienced, proactive, professional team, to look after your property…do your research, talk to other owners, ensure that you are dealing with the best in the business.
Routine inspections, give you the owner, the peace of mind that your property is being looked after, is maintained properly, and there are no significant issues likely to arise.
Our award-winning property management team pride themselves on establishing great relationships with both rental occupiers and owners. Here at Laing+Simmons Quakers Hill we’d love to chat to you about your investment property; and how we would manage it for you.