First-Time Landlords: How Often Should You Conduct a Rental Inspection?

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As a landlord, it’s essential you put the work in to look after your property. Even if your tenant is a perfect angel, it’s always a good idea to check around prevent problems that could arise down the road. 

A presence as a landlord also encourages your tenant to better take care of the property. If you show that you care about the upkeep of the home or apartment, it’s more likely that they will too. 

That being said, keeping up a good relationship with your tenant will depend on communication and cooperation. You don’t want to be bothering your tenant all the time. How often should you conduct a rental inspection? 

Read on and we’ll walk you through what you should consider.

The Importance of an Inspection 

Your property only remains valuable if it is well maintained. If you allow it to fall into disrepair, you’ll be damaging the future value of the property.

An inspection can help you ensure the property is retaining its value when it’s not currently in your day-to-day control. It can help you budget and account for costs. After all, if there is damage to the property, it can be paid for out of your renter’s security deposit. 

Most tenants will expect that some rental inspections will be part of their rental process. Inspections show that you’re responsible and have proper expectations for the home. 

Move-In and Move-Out Inspections 

There are a few moments that are key to have a rental inspection in. Almost all renters will expect there to be a move-in inspection, for example. 

This inspection is done by both yourself and the tenant prior to their official move-in. Together, you will search for any existing issues with the property. Photos of existing damage should be documented. A sense of how the property existed prior to the tenant’s stay should be established. 

This can help prevent things from getting legally ugly later on. 

A move-out inspection will occur on the other side of the process when the tenant leaves. New damage or changes to the property that resulted during the tenants stay will be documented and discussed. 

You’ll want to schedule this walkthrough inspection on the very last day of your tenant’s stay. This way further damage can’t happen after your inspection. 

Routine Rental Inspections

Between the beginning and end of your tenant’s stay, you’ll want to drop in a few times and check on the property. It’s advised that you limit these inspections to once every three or six months. 

To visit more often than that can begin to feel like an invasion of privacy to your tenant. It can begin to cause undue tension between the two of you. But to do inspections less often is also not advisable. 

Once every three to six months allows you to stay on top of maintenance responsibilities and more easily track changes to the home. 

The All-Important Rental Inspection

A rental inspection is one of the key cornerstones to your time as a landlord and property owner. The inspection allows you to maintain the value and care of your property while establishing a working relationship with your tenant. 

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