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Rental Property Inspections in Hayward Part 1: Move in and Move Out

Deanna Hansen - Wednesday, April 10, 2013

When you own a rental property, it is really important to do a thorough move in and move out inspection on your own and that you document those inspections with good pictures. A always advise against taking video because if you find yourself in court with tenants, and you bring a video as evidence, the judge will not have anything set up that will allow a video to be played. Your video won’t matter if the judge cannot see it. So, take pictures instead. You can use your smart phone or a camera; just make sure you have good pictures of the property’s condition.

In addition to pictures, jot down anything new you have done to the property. Make a note during the move in inspection of any new carpet you have put down, new paint or any other details. You want to include those facts in your inspection report. Allow tenants to do their own inspection. Give the tenants something to fill out when they move in. Have them go around the house and fill out the inspection form. They can also take pictures if they want to, and they can record notes on the condition of the home. Not everything in your property will be new, so tenants need the opportunity to note any scratches in the floor or burn marks on the countertop, for example. Your tenants should do their own inspection at move in and put everything in writing. Give them a deadline. You can ask for it back within seven days of their move in date. This way, you will get the information back and keep it in a file.

When the tenant moves out, don’t do the move out inspection with the tenants present. I always suggest you go to the property as soon as they vacate. Do the same thing you did at move in. Take pictures, note issues with the property and compare the condition of the place at move in with the condition of the place at move out. Remember that tenants are never responsible for normal wear and tear on the property. The Rental Property Inspections in Hayward Part 1: Move in and Move Outy are responsible for any damages they do to the home. If there is a hole in the all, they are responsible. If they have not cleaned the carpets and your contract states they must do that before leaving, they are responsible. If they do not clean the unit, they are responsible for that as well.

Conduct a thorough move in and move out inspection and compare the two reports as well as the pictures. This will help you decide what to charge out of the security deposit. If you need any help or have any questions, please contact us at Aapex Property Management.
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