A rental inspection shouldn’t be a one time event for Dallas property management companies. Life happens to property between tenants, and regularly scheduled inspections are important to properly maintain the property and the relationship with the tenant. You can have different inspections to meet your rental needs. Here are a few ideas for property inspections to keep you in the know with what is happening to your property and allowing you to assess the needs of your tenants.
Before a tenant moves in an inspection with both the tenant and Dallas property management company should take place. Careful documentation is made of anything that needs repair or cleaning before the tenant can move in. This is a good time to make sure that any policies and rental requirements are understood. Eye to eye communication is a good way to ensure that communication is clear. Always document everything that was discussed. Now is also a good time to schedule the next regular inspection.
Seasonal or Safety Inspections
Rental properties need to be maintained from season to season. It is also important to keep your property safe for the tenants. Regularly scheduled inspections can check for things that need to be repaired and regularly maintained. Air conditioning and furnaces should be cleaned and checked for needed repairs before the season they will be used. Gutters and roofs can be checked after winter for spring maintenance. For responsible property management, Dallas rental property owners know that the safety of tenants is important from a legal and financial viewpoint. Inspections can keep properties in good repair. Always be sure to communicate with the tenant that an inspection is schedule and don’t just show up unannounced.
Always have a move out inspection with the tenant, you can avoid disputes about damage that occurs and that is not part of regular living conditions. With a proper move in inspection, a move out inspection can have clear policies and expectations.
Drive By Inspections
This is the one inspection that you don’t need to announce to the tenant. A simple drive by the property can tell you if the outside property needs work. Also if you have a no pet policy, a drive by inspection can sometimes let you know if there are pet violations.
Tenants have a right to privacy. But Dallas property management companies all have an obligation to keep the property well maintained. Regular inspections help with maintenance and communication between tenant and management.