Have you ever spent hours cleaning your home before a rental property inspection only to be disappointed by negative feedback?
If so, let that be the last time.
Mums have enough to stress about in life. Your time is precious and there’s much better things you could be doing than stressing about cleaning your rental property, like being with your kids or enjoying some ‘me time’.
Rental property inspections shouldn’t be a burden. Instead they should be a stress-free part of your routine and an opportunity to raise any of your concerns with your landlord or property manager.
Here’s my guide to surviving your rental property inspections.
TIPS PASS YOUR PROPERTY INSPECTION
Legislation differs from state-to-state, but generally rental inspections are held once every three months. Your landlord must give you a minimum of seven days’ notice before completing a rental inspection. Consider making a note in your calendar as a reminder you will be due to have a rental inspection soon, so that it doesn’t come as a surprise.
Alternatively, you may like to take a proactive approach to your rental inspections, offering to schedule a full year of inspections in advance. This helps ensure you don’t have undue stress because of inspections organised at short notice.
Make a list
Rental inspections are the ideal time to let your landlord or property manager know about non-urgent maintenance problems. For example, leaking shower heads and bathroom taps, or blocked air conditioning and water filters are maintenance problems that you are not responsible for fixing.
As part of the rental inspection, the landlord or property manager will also be assessing the property’s structural integrity, which includes ensuring all doors and windows open, close and lock freely, checking for cracks and deterioration in weatherboard, bricks and tiles, looking under and around the home for dampness or wood rot, monitoring for signs of termite damage and rust, and checking the hot water service and water supply for leaks, temperature and pressure.
Keep it clean
The cleanliness of the property during an inspection goes a long way to deciding whether or not the landlord or property manager will extend your lease. They want tenants who show genuine care for their property and do their best to keep it well maintained.
During an inspection, the landlord or property manager will be checking the general condition and cleanliness of carpets, walls, doors, floors, window furnishings, and the kitchen. They will also check the cleanliness of wet areas and monitor for mould and potential water damage in the kitchen, laundry, ensuite and toilets.
Maintaining a rental means both inside and outside, so it’s important any gardens are looked after and kept healthy. Keep the lawns mowed, and trees and plants pruned. Don’t forget to keep it watered, especially during the hot months.
After the inspection
If your landlord or property manager identifies issues with the property, such as poor cleanliness, they must provide you with a Notice to Remedy as soon as possible. You will be given 14 days’ notice to rectify the issue before further action is taken.
Likewise, if you identify maintenance issues, it is your landlord or property manager’s responsibility to have them fixed in a timely manner. Keep in mind, leaky taps and squeaking floorboards are not considered urgent, however broken windows and faulty appliances should be rectified immediately.