How to ace your routine inspections.

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Do you dread that quarterly letter that lands in your postbox with a loud thud?  The Entry Notice for your Routine Property Inspection has been known to induce extreme sweating, worrying and un-inhibited broom sweeping.   Here’s how to take the stress out of your mess and put a smile on your property manager’s dial!

First of all, relax – you can’t pass or fail an inspection. The purpose of an inspection is to ensure you are taking reasonable care of the premises, keeping it clean and ensuring it remains in the same condition as it was at the start of your tenancy.

Regular property inspections are important. They create an opportunity for you to raise any maintenance issues that need to be addressed.  Keep in mind that a lot of agencies prefer their maintenance requests in writing, so take the time to advise the property managers of these items before they come to do their inspection – especially if you will not be home at the time.

If the landlord or property manager identifies any issues with your care of the property, they must serve you with a Notice to Remedy outlining the problem and the deadline for it to be rectified.   Do a walk through of your home prior to an inspection and try to view it from the property manager’s perspective.  This will help you to tick all the boxes in terms of cleanliness and presentation.  Here are some common items that are overlooked.

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Exhaust fans

It is quite common for tenants to overlook the cleanliness of the exhaust fans.  These are prone to attracting lint and dust in bathrooms and oil and grease in kitchens, and should be cleaned not just for inspections but for safety, as a dirty or blocked exhaust fan can pose a potential fire risk.

 

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Ovens

It can be easy to forget that ovens are a fixture of the property and belong to the landlord, not the tenant.  A property manager is well within their rights to open and inspect the oven, so every effort should be made to ensure they are clean and free of food splatters or built-up grease and oil.

 

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Pets

Our furry and feathered friends can be an endless source of delight, as well as clogging up the vacuum cleaner and turning your black couch grey.  Make sure to remove any pet fur from carpets and hard surfaces prior to the inspection, and don’t overlook the most important place of all – clean up after your pets in the garden!

 

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Mould can build up quickly, is unsightly, unhygienic and a big no-no.  Thoroughly scrub shower screens, grout in bathrooms and other wet areas, toilets and kitchen sinks. This is best done regularly to help avoid build up and a frantic rush to clean before the inspection.  If left too long mould can become embedded in the bathroom silicone and only removable by cutting out and replacing it.

 

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Gardening

Some leases make the tenant responsible for maintaining the backyard, while others may have a gardener included in the lease. Make sure you know where you stand, and ensure the gardens are neat and tidy, and the lawns mowed before your inspection.  Some leases also prohibit parking cars on the grass and nature strip in front of the property.

 

kid draws on wallsWalls and doors

General wear & tear is unavoidable, however it’s worth taking extra precautions to avoid any accidental damage & keeping some sugar soap handy at all times.  Significant damage to walls & doors will likely result in the loss of your bond. Help to avoid unnecessary damage by keeping furniture – such as TV units, dining tables & chairs, slightly away from walls and designating play areas for children.

 

We have compiled a comprehensive Final Inspection Guide for tenants who are vacating our properties.  This can be a valuable resource when the time comes for your routine inspections as well.

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