5 Tips to Prepare for Rental Inspections


A few months ago, our new property manager visted to conduct a rental inspection of our flat.  Although we always keep a clean home, we made sure that we were well prepared. 

If you are a tenant, read on for some handy tips gleaned from years of experience, to make your next flat/house inspection day easier for you and your house/flatmates.

  1. Make an effort.  If this was your place, you would want to see that your tenants were looking after your place, and not giving you reasons to put the rent up or change tenants.  It’s easy to make the beds, open the windows to let in fresh air, put the washing and dishes away, and rubbish out, vacuum and mop those floors, clean the bathrooms and toilets, catch those cobwebs, and clean those windows and mirrors.
  2. Get the tidying up happening now.  Leaving it to the last minute will stress you out, you will discover things you had overlooked such as scuff marks on walls, etcetera, and you might forget to ask pertinent questions.  If you are anxious, the property manager might also wonder what you are hiding.
  3. Make a list of necessary repairs.  This is as good a time as any to ask for them, as the property manager can see why you need that drain unblocked, or that section of fence repaired, or that the stove really is on the blink, or that you weren’t joking when you said the plumber needs to pay a visit.
  4. Be at home to welcome your property manager in.  Be prepared to walk him or her from room to room, or leave them to it and chat (ie, debrief) afterwards.
  5. When the inspection is over, treat yourself to a cuppa.  You deserve it!

Re point 1:  All that cleaning must have added a smidgin of something to the property value, because about a week after our inspection, we received a notice from the landlord, informing us that rent was going up thirty dollars a week.  Dear oh dear!

c. Kylie Lawrence 2013.


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    sarah sparkle said,

    So maybe NOT being quite so diligent with the cleaning would pay off? Or would dirty windows mean instant eviction?

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      aroomofheroine said,

      I thought about not including that last sentence because it detracts from the point of the post, but felt an urge to elucidate on the results.
      We had a laugh about the irony of it all too – should we have been a little less tidy? I’m thinking the rent raise was more to do with getting it closer to property values in the area.

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