Why Performing Routine Inspections on Your Golden Rental Property Is Important

Routine inspections need to be part of your process when you’re renting out a home. Not only do these inspections allow you to track and address routine maintenance issues, they also document the condition of your investment property. When you inspect during a lease period, you’re able to ensure your residents are following the lease terms and maintaining your property according to your expectations.

At Laurel Property Services, the routine inspections that are part of our ongoing property management services are as follows – We supply the tenants with a mobile move-in inspection and do an annual walkthrough inspection prior to sending out renewal notices. We also have maintenance and vendors on the lookout for issues.

Move-In Inspections for Your Golden Rental Property

The move-in inspection is especially important because it will document the condition of your property before you turn it over to your tenants. This inspection report will be used to determine whether any damage was done at the end of the tenancy, when your residents have moved out and you’re making decisions about the security deposit.

We send the tenants a link to a portable app for move in inspections. The app has the tenant document all of the prior damages. Any damage they note requires them to take a photo of the damage. This app lets them have 10 days for the inspection giving them time to find everything they can wrong with the property. The inspection is then downloaded into their tenant portal with the documentation and photos in a nice report that is easy to read and access for the tenant and the property manager.

Move-Out Inspections for Your Golden Rental Property

During the move-out inspection, you’ll be looking for damage that’s due to neglect, abuse, or misuse. You cannot charge the tenant’s deposit for normal wear and tear, but you can charge for damage that goes beyond regular wear. Compare the pictures and the notes you take to those you filed after the move-in process. If something doesn’t look right after a tenant leaves your property, you’ll have the evidence to demonstrate that.

Routine Annual Walkthrough Inspections

Annual inspections should be done to be sure your home is being taken care of in the best way possible. This way you know if the tenant decides to renew the lease what the property looks like.

We want to catch those little items that need a quick fix. For example, maybe a cupboard door is loose and tenants have thought about reporting it but the issue seems too minor. While inspecting the home, if you see the loose cupboard you should make a note to repair it. Ask if there’s anything that needs to be fixed. You want to make sure the home is cared for and kept in the best condition.

Make sure you pay close attention to safety items such as broken deadbolts or locks, old or missing smoke or carbon monoxide detectors, broken window latches, sliding glass door locks, etc..

Make sure that the inspections you conduct while a tenant is occupying your home are minimally invasive. It’s important to get inside, but you want to provide enough written notice so tenants aren’t surprised. They’re entitled to their privacy and quiet enjoyment of their home.

Routine inspections are important because they protect the condition of your property and help you enforce the lease agreement. They also keep you compliant with all local and state codes.

Maintenance and Vendor Assistance

Maintenance and Vendor AssistanceWhen we hire a new vendor, I stress to them that if they see something, please tell us. I have them keep on the lookout for cleanliness, rodents, bugs, unauthorized pets and tenants, fire hazards, etc.. They are truly in the properties more than most people and they are our eyes and ears. I can’t tell you how many issues we have heard about through vendors.

If you have any questions or need any help with Golden property management, please contact us at Laurel Property Services.

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Google
4.0/5
Feb 28, 2021
Google Laurel Property Services
We overall had a good experience with Laurel Properties. I would recommend reading your lease carefully (as you should anyways) because for us there was a clause that if we wanted to move out we still had to pay rent until someone else rented it. We weren’t allowed to have a subleaser and had to wait for Laurel to find someone. We agreed to this and did end up moving out sooner than expected but Laurel put the ad up and was able to find someone within two months. The maintenance was always quick to respond and Laurel gave us notices for various issues within the apartment complex as a whole whenever they occurred. The only reason I am giving 4 stars is because of our move in day. We were told we couldn’t get in until about 3pm because maintenance was still in our unit cleaning and fixing things. We drove to the unit and sat there with our moving truck since we had nothing else to do and didn’t see anyone go in or out for about an hour. We even started bringing our things up the stairs to put in the storage area and knocked with no answer. So we went in again to ask for the keys and they said maintenance was still there even though we knew no one was in the unit. Finally we got our keys and the first thing we notice is how disgustingly dirty the place is. Long black hair everywhere, fingernail clippings, food stains all over the kitchen, dirt, dust... just gross. I love to clean so we got over it but then noticed that many things were broken: door handle to the porch was hanging off, toilet seat was nearly falling off, the oven door couldn’t open more than 3 inches, and worst of all, there was a bag full of trash stuffed into the garbage disposal. We put in maintenance requests for all of these things and they were fixed within a couple days but it was really frustrating to have them not allow us to move in until 3pm because “maintenance is fixing things” and walk in to a dirty place with far too many maintenance issues to deal with. Laurel seems like a group of nice people but they need to do better about the move in process and cleaning units.
Google
5.0/5
Feb 25, 2021
Google Laurel Property Services
I have worked with Laurel Property Services for many years as a property owner. They have always given me confidence that they are working hard for me to address whatever needs may arise. From advertising to rental agreements and repair items, the staff works as a great team to make it happen. They care about their clients, have lots of experience which gives me confidence that my property is in good hands.
Google
5.0/5
Feb 25, 2021
Google Laurel Property Services
Always so great to work with and they take great care of our renters.
Google
5.0/5
Feb 23, 2021
Google Laurel Property Services
When we decided to hire a property management company we chose Laurel Property Services because they had such a great reputation in town. We are so happy we did, they have managed our rental property with the highest degree of professionalism and we couldn’t be happier! It is such a relief to know that our property is in great hands, we never have to worry about a thing. Plus, the ladies in the office are so fun to work with, we are so lucky to have them representing our rental!
Survey
5.0/5
Jan 22, 2021
Laurel Property Services
After a year like 2020 along side covid19 wave of events I'm thankful Laurel Property had put things into order when I was having related plumbing issues next to the bar beneath my residence. Happy new year to Laurel Property
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5.0/5
Jan 17, 2021
Laurel Property Services
I really, really appreciated all of Crystal's help! She was absolutely wonderful, incredibly knowledgeable, kind, and acted swiftly on all of my requests. Please pass along this message to her and her direct manager.
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5.0/5
Jan 12, 2021
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5.0/5
Jan 12, 2021
Laurel Property Services
We had a difficult situation with our property which was nobodies fault, but Laurel Properties handled it very well and we’re very accommodating through the whole thing. Sondra was amazing and very helpful
Survey
5.0/5
Jan 12, 2021
Laurel Property Services
Great job responding to a leaky toilet and shower. They were able to fix both timely in a professional manner. Thank you.
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5.0/5
Jan 8, 2021
Laurel Property Services
The whole process was very fluid and everything works flawlessly.

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