Conducting a regular rental property inspection is important to every landlord. As the property owner, you are liable for anything that happens at your property. It’s a good idea to inspect annually to make sure everything is in order. Put together an inspection checklist, and make sure you get inside your property at least once during the tenancy.
What is a Property Inspection?
A property inspection is your opportunity to make sure everything is working and safe inside the home. You can check for deferred maintenance and ensure the tenant is following the terms of your rental agreement.
How to Conduct Inspections
Give your tenants enough notice so they know you’ll be visiting the property to inspect. Usually, 72 hours is sufficient. The tenants can be present for the inspection, but they don’t have to be there. During these inspections, you want to check for anything you might be held liable for. It’s important to check smoke detectors and to make sure the carbon monoxide meters are functional. Run the appliances and make sure they work properly. Check the windows, locks, screens, and electrical outlets. Look under all the sinks and toilets for leaks.
Making sure your property is being maintained properly will help with the longevity of your investment. If you have any questions about rental property inspections or anything pertaining to Oakland property management, please contact us at California Pacific Realty.