We perform six different types of inspections for rental properties, and I’ll explain each one in detail.
Here are all six different kinds of inspections we do for rental properties:
1. A move in/move out inspection. This one’s pretty self-explanatory. When a tenant is moving in or out of a property, in order to take a security deposit, we have to conduct a physical inspection that includes a written report. Our reporting is very picture-and-video driven because we believe pictures and video speak louder than words on paper can. We go over every inch of the property with the tenant who’s moving out and take pictures of all of it. After they move out, we compare the condition of the property to how it was when they moved in. If there’s damage to the property that’s outside the normal wear and tear, we’ll subtract those damages from their security deposit.
2. Periodic drive-by inspection. This is where we send one of our team members to drive by the property, take a picture of the outside of it, and include some notes along with the photo (e.g., “The grass looks great”). This report then gets sent to the tenant afterward, and if there are any actionable items in it, we follow up with them to fix those issues.
3. A half-year interior inspection (or one that happens every six months). This is a touchy subject because, oftentimes, the owner wants to inspect the interior more often and tenants don’t want us to inspect the interior at all. The Washington Landlord Tenant Law grants tenants the right to “quiet enjoyment,” and the definition of this term doesn’t include any specific number of interior inspections. However, many people agree that unnecessarily inspecting the inside of someone’s living quarters more than once every six months probably violates their right to quiet enjoyment, so six months is as often as we do it. Just like with the move in/move out inspection, we take pictures and notes and follow up with the tenant if there are any actionable items that need to be addressed.
4. A renewal inspection. If your tenant is looking to renew their lease, that automatically prompts an inspection.
5. A maintenance inspection. Anytime we send a maintenance professional to the property, whether that person’s a handyman or a special type of technician, we perform an inspection. Another term we use for this is “soft inspections,” and we get a lot of valuable feedback from the technicians during them.
6. A just cause inspection. This happens if we have a reason to conduct an interior inspection. If, for example, during one of our monthly drive-bys we see that the tenant had two dogs instead of the one they are only supposed to have, this gives us cause to conduct an interior inspection to make sure they’re adhering to the lease.
All of these inspections have photos and notes attached to them and they’re all uploaded to your owner’s portal so you can view them yourself.
If you have any other questions about this topic or there’s anything else I can assist you with, please feel free to reach out to me. I’d be happy to help you.