How to pass a rental inspection with flying colours

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How to pass a rental inspection with flying colours

If you're facing an upcoming rental inspection, read our short guide to make it a stress-free experience.

Inspections often happen when you’re renewing your lease, at the end of your lease, or if your landlord plans to sell the property. In that case, an inspection could happen whenever an open viewing is arranged with your landlord or real estate agent. Your landlord will probably give you plenty of notice before the inspection, and by law they are required to provide you with at least 24 hours’ notice. 

Cleaning is a priority

Cleaning is the biggest task and you will probably need to spread the amount of work over several days, tackling the most difficult areas of your home first. If you’re scheduled for a final rental inspection, your landlord or real estate agent will be comparing the results to when you first moved in. With a bond refund on the line, now is the time to go the extra mile.

From scrubbing the shower grout to cleaning the woodwork around your windows, make sure every inch has been polished. Pay special attention to neglected areas like your rangehood, ceiling fans or air conditioning units. 

An alternative to cleaning the property yourself is to use a professional bond cleaning service. Cleaners that work through a comprehensive end of lease cleaning checklist will put your mind and your landlords at ease.

If your next step is to vacate the property and move, take a look at our Ultimate Moving House Checklist.

Repair any minor damage

One of the benefits of renting is that the landlord is in charge of the upkeep and maintenance of the property. However, if a tenant causes the damage, then they are responsible for the repairs. 

Common issues include carpet stains, holes left where pictures were hung or lightbulbs that need replacing. Before your inspection occurs, take a quick walk around your home and document any minor repairs that you’ll want to address.

Prepare to discuss maintenance issues

An inspection is a great opportunity to let your landlord know about any ongoing maintenance issues or concerns. If you’re looking to renew your lease, informing your landlord of any essential repairs will let them know that you’re on their team. This will help convince them that the property will stay in the best condition during your tenancy. 

Common maintenance issues include leaky plumbing, malfunctioning electrical outlets, mould growth or any structural damage. These types of issues fall outside of the required tenant responsibilities, but you’re still expected to inform your landlord of any issues before your lease runs out. 

Outdoor areas are just as important

While it may seem insignificant, if your property has a yard or garden, make sure it’s in pristine condition too. Your landlord will want to walk the entire length of the property to ensure that it wasn’t neglected and it could leave a lasting impression.

Mow the lawn, make sure the plants are trimmed, pick up any trash, and if you have pets, double-check that they didn’t leave any surprises. 

The end result

Whether enjoyable or not, inspections are just a part of rental life. Usually an inspection will only last about 20 minutes. There’s nothing menacing about them, and they aren’t meant to scare or pressure tenants into leaving. If your lease is ending and you’re moving out, your real estate agent just wants to make sure the property can be rented out again as soon as possible. If the property is up for sale, your landlord just wants to ensure that it’s ready for viewing. 

Start early by cleaning the property, repair any minor damage, ensure that you provide access to all areas of the property and let the landlord or real estate agent handle the rest. With these tips on board, you’ll pass your rental inspection with flying colours!

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