Tips To Stress Less On Flat Inspection Day
Take a look at how to make inspection day feel as exciting as viewing day.
From the endless cleaning to worrying about the rental agent finding something wrong, flat inspection day can seem like a stressful task to some. Even the landlord may experience stress during a rental inspection. But both tenants and landlords should reconsider how they view rental inspections. These inspections may end up being a great opportunity rather than a hassle. Renters can express issues and get support for maintaining their rental. In contrast, landlords have the chance to inspect the upkeep and condition of their properties. Stress may be reduced by realising the advantages of inspections. In this article, we will take a look at how to make inspection day feel as exciting as viewing day.
Get Ready, Be Prepared, Clean Up
One of the first places to go when readying yourself for inspection is the property condition report or the little paper/form you got when you moved in, where your building manager or rental agent marked all the things present and working in the flat. A property report helps both you and the agent or inspector because you will both know what is expected in the inspection.
Being proactive may make inspection preparation easy. Renters should raise any issues they observe. If the maintenance issue is under the landlord's purview, this might entail notifying them or taking care of the problem yourself. This guarantees that there won't be any surprises during the examination. The easiest approach to get ready to fulfil your landlord's expectation that your rental property will be tidy is to actually clean it. In addition to inspecting the state of the carpets and lawn, landlords will pay close attention to how tidy the kitchen and bathroom are. Therefore, give these regions a thorough hand cleaning before the examination. This will assist landlords to grant renters a pass during the inspection by demonstrating that they have acted appropriately.
Both the tenant and landlord or rental agent should have a checklist (if they don’t already) containing the following questions or requirements:
- Cleanliness and tidiness
- Check mould on wet areas
- Check the oven
- Test all doors and windows
- Test all taps
- Test all plugs
- Check for termites
Usually, your rental agent will come with this list prepared, but it doesn’t hurt to be a step ahead.
Why Do We Need Inspections?
Not only will you be ensuring that the person that is moving in after you will move into a clean home, but an inspection also helps with your tenant record. If you are planning on renting elsewhere, some agencies and housing companies run background checks to see the type of tenant you are/were. And you don’t want to be the one that leaves the flat dirty, moulding and filled with termites, right?
Inspection also offers the landlord or rental company the opportunity to fix anything that needs fixing before the next tenant moves in. It also offers them insight to knowing what it is they can improve on as a company, building and people. So, don’t be afraid to also point out some things to them because they may not be aware.
Need A Flat? Inspect JHC
At Johannesburg Housing Company, we offer residents property to rent in Johannesburg at the heart of the city and its surrounding areas. We pride ourselves on being community-based, and that has led to many of our residents ensuring that they leave their flats in great condition for the next person. So, if you are looking for flats with a feel of home, look no further than JHC’s list of buildings in and around the City of Gold. You will love living here.