Property Management Blog

Inspecting Investment Properties

Sarah Pewhairangi - Monday, October 15, 2018

Do you inspect the property at the beginning of a tenancy?

We conduct a comprehensive inspection of your property when a tenant first moves in.

We inspect your property area by area (lounge room, bedrooms, kitchen, front and rear yards, garage etc.

We record their condition and cleanliness item by item, and then a brief description and detail about the item. This would involve recording details of any marks, scratches, and dents etc.

We also take digital photos outside, as well as inside the property.

How often do you inspect the property during the tenancy?

We prefer to inspect the property every three to four months. This inspection is not as detailed as the start of tenancy inspection as it is more of a ‘walk through’ checking room-by-room that the tenant is keeping the property damage-free and reasonably clean and tidy. 

We also note any maintenance issues and any other recommendations needed to assist you in keeping the property in the best condition possible. We also check the smoke alarm where fitted.

We send you a copy of the inspection report with your end of month statement (if posted) or if our contact with you is by e-mail we will communicate any findings by e-mail. If there are any immediate concerns, we would contact you as soon as possible.

What about when the tenant vacates the property?

When the tenant lets us know they will be vacating, we send them detailed information on our expectations of how the property needs to be presented.

Once the tenant has fully vacated and ready for the final inspection, we conduct this inspection with the tenant/s present and compare the property to the commencement inspection report completed at the time the tenant moved into the property.

We carefully check through the report item-by-item, ensuring it has been left in the same condition as when they moved in, taking into account reasonable wear and tear for the period of time they have been in the property. This is a legislative requirement.

We ensure the property has been left reasonably clean & tidy. We check the smoke alarm and also read the water meter (if applicable).