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Routine inspections. Why do we do them?

By Brooke Croft

While COVID impacted our ability to conduct certain scheduled routine inspections, it is a vital property management task to carry out regularly for the following reasons:

  1. To protect your investment property and financial income.
  2. To ascertain if the tenant is maintaining the property in a clean and tidy condition.
  3. To provide feedback to property investors (landlords) on the property’s condition and if any repairs are required.
  4. To suggest any current or future preventative maintenance, renovations or improvements required.
  5. And, most importantly, to ensure that the property is secure and safe for the tenant to live in to avoid any costly litigation claims.

We understand that we are often the primary person to inspect the property and realise the importance of keeping you up-to-date on your property’s condition.

When carrying out routine inspections, we pay particular attention to high-risk areas such as ripples or tears in floor coverings, uneven pavers, inadequate property locks, poor external lighting, loose electrical points, dangerous obstructions, and mould build-up (to name a few).  These areas, if overlooked, can lead to a liability claim should there be a slip or fall at the property.

The routine inspections that we conduct are ‘visual’ inspections only.  We do not move furniture, rugs or undertake extensive inspections behind items in cupboards.  As a property investor (landlord), it is your responsibility to ensure that you engage or instruct our agency to appoint professionals to conduct regular pest, builders, pool safety (if applicable), and smoke alarm compliance checks.

When you receive a routine inspection report, carefully read the comments and contact our agency as soon as possible (if required) to authorise or discuss the repairs or maintenance.

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