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Rental Property Inspections in Hayward Part 2: Periodic Inspections – Why?

Deanna Hansen - Thursday, April 11, 2013

Inspecting your rental property regularly is important, and today we are going to talk about why you should have them, and what you should be looking for when you do inspect. Before a tenant moves in, you want to let them know that you will be coming out to the property periodically to do an inspection. If they know you are coming, your tenants will be more likely to take good care of the property and to follow all the rules and regulations you give them at the time of move in.

When you do go out to visit the property, check the smoke detectors and the carbon monoxide detectors. You should be looking for batteries that work and you also want to make sure they function properly. Another thing to check for while you inspect is animals. Look for signs that unauthorized pets might be living in the house. You do not want an unauthorized pit bull on your property that could cause damage or hold you liable if something should happen to a guest or a visitor.

You also want to take the opportunity to look for any repairs that might be needed around the house. This is a good way to keep damage from happening in the future. An example might be a water leak. If a minor leak is left unattended, it could cost thousands and thousands of dollars in damage to your floors and subflooring. It can also cause mildew or mold, which can lead to bigger and more expensive problems. You will end up spending a lot more than you need to, so check these things out any time you have the opportunity to inspect your rental property during the term of a lease.
 Rental Property Inspections in Hayward Part 2: Periodic Inspections – Why?
Sometimes, tenants are afraid to call you to tell you there is a leak at the property, or something that needs to be repaired. They might worry that if they tell you about a problem, you will raise the rent. So, if you let your tenants know you are going to visit the property on occasion, they will be more likely to report problems and take care of things. This will save you money on maintenance in the long term.

If you have questions about how to conduct periodic inspections, or more information on what to look for, please contact us at Aapex Property Management.
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