Property Inspections - How Do They Work?

March 18, 2016

Property inspections are an integral part of the property management or property owner’s time. If you’re a first time investment property owner or want to know more about how the inspection process works – you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll detail why inspections are so important and what is looked at to prevent small issues growing into larger ones.


The importance of in-depth inspections

Regular inspection of a property is the best way to keep up to date with its condition and the tenants that live there. Inspections are taken out to see how clean the property is being kept, if any damage has been done, or if anything needs to be repaired or replaced. As well as during the tenancy, inspections are carried out before and after the tenancy to identify any prior damage or to compare the leaving report with prior inspections. The inspection report is a mix of both photographic and written evidence. It provides visual representation of the state of property and can be used to identify any new damage that occurs as part of the new tenancy – which is difficult to dispute when photos are involved.

Also check your insurance policy as regular inspections may be a requirement of your insurance policy.

Being able to inspect a property on a regular basis means that any issues can be fixed in a timely manner, and it’s also a chance for the tenants and property manager/owner to talk about how the property is going and if there is anything to address.


What is looked at in a property inspection?

During regular property inspections, a property manager will look at the general condition of the property and usually mark off a checklist. At First Avenue, our systems are cutting edge, and we use software on our iphones to record the condition of the property, comments, and photos of items needing attention.

A good property manager will be taking into account the cleanliness of the property (within reason) and be looking for any damage like stains, holes, and broken appliances. They’ll make sure major appliances are working well, that there are no leaks or areas where mould is starting to grow. Other things to be inspected include:

  • Flooring/carpets
  • Walls (inside and out)
  • Blinds and curtains
  • Power meters/gas bottles
  • Smoke alarms
  • Window/door frames and glass
  • Toilet/bathroom
  • Laundry
  • Kitchen
  • Bedrooms
  • Garden/outdoor areas/decks
  • Pools and spas
  • Garage/car port
  • The property exterior and the grounds

They may also storage spaces as well as making sure fire exits are cleared and rubbish is being properly disposed of.

Our property managers then use the report to manage any necessary work orders and reconcile each work order issued to check that the resulting work is completed, and that it is completed to a satisfactory level.


Peace of mind with First Avenue Property Management

Property managers at First Avenue are highly skilled in taking out expert, in-depth inspections of the properties they care for. With the latest software and hardware to help support them in their roles, you can be assured that your property is in safe hands. We choose only the best tenants for your property, and inspections are our way of ensuring your property is being looked after.

To find out more about our inspection process, or to enquire about having your property professionally managed, contact us today.

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