Why Should I Inspect My Rental Property?

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Services for Real Estate Pros with HomePointe Property Management, CRMC

 An annual inspection will protect you and your resident from safety and financial liabilities.  Since some residents remove smoke alarm batteries, this is a chance to verify that the alarm(s) is both working properly and that it is placed in the proper location(s).  Also, many residents do not faithfully change their air conditioner and heater filters.  The annual inspection will reveal this and give you a chance to change the filter before your AC unit gets damaged. 

The annual inspection will also allow you a chance to catch any lease violations and deferred maintenance.  Are their any pets at the property that you do not know about for example.  Be sure to check for caulking and any leaks under sinks or roof leaks.

Some tenants have been known to turn the house they rent into a drug growing or manufacturing operation.  Getting inside once a year will curtail the temtation.

Be wise, many jurisdictions will only allow the landlord to enter the property for a limited number of reasons.  Annual maintenance that the landlord wants to perform will normally qualify.

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Robert A. Machado, CPM, MPM

HomePointe Property Management

Sacramento, Yolo, El Dorado, and Placer Counties

We manage residential and commercial property.

916-429-1205 x 105

rmachado@HomePointe.com

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Andy Laughlin
ConnectRealty.com - Bellingham, WA

Looks like you have a lot of home for rent!! Thanks for the advice, have a great weekend.

May 15, 2008 04:02 PM #1
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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA
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My HVAC service firm who does s/a HVAC service also replaces batteries in smoke alarms and I also have them replaced between tenants.

I encourage owners to view their properties BETWEEN tenants when we can freely and openly discuss upgrades, and repair options.  Since I allow a 7 to 10 day lag between the 3rd Friday of the move out month and the first of the following month, this is usually no problem. 

My properties turn over every 2 to 3 years and my lease allows for S/A inspections which I will do at no cost to the owner IF I suspect something is needed at the property.

If you train your service personnel to let you know about items during the tenancy and you have a thorough "make-ready" procedure between tenants, formal inspections should not be necessary

May 15, 2008 05:32 PM #2
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Robert Machado
HomePointe Property Management, CRMC - Sacramento, CA
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Wallace,  I agree on the point of getting the owner in their house when vacant.  But some properties do stay rented for longer periods and I would not want a HVAC vendor reporting to me on plumbing issues or on illegal pet issues to name two.  A system to get in annually solves a lot of issues that could become big problems if left to chance.

May 15, 2008 09:56 PM #3
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Tim Collom
Windermere Dunnigan - Sacramento, CA

Bob I sent this to four of my investment clients that have several properties. Very good info regarding all the hidden little gems people find after the sale.

May 15, 2008 10:33 PM #4
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Lisa Lambert
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Bob:

As always, you present excellent information for investment property owners. Thanks for the quality posts with very useful information.

May 16, 2008 01:26 AM #5
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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA
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Maybe it's just me - I am personally in my properties at least 1X annually if not more.  My repair person holds a ClassB contractor license and is third generation contractor and my HVAC service firm also does electrical and plumbing with their new equipment installations.....I would trust them rather than an individual homeowner who may not know what they are looking at OR WORSE * they lived with it so tenants should as well.  My HVAC firm photographs any problem areas and then e-mails me photos that I can then e-mail to owners WITH recommendation for repair/fix AND costs.

Having come from a multi-unit mgmt early in my property management career, vacancies don't scare me since I get to upgrade properties and raise rents....WHEE!!

The SECRET for me is finding the problem and offering the SOLUTION at the same time...

May 16, 2008 05:44 AM #6
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I agree with you, having a walk through, even when it is rented, helps. It deters the tenant from unsavory behavior and helps curtail lease violations. It's obviously more convenient to inspect when the apartment is vacant, but many of my apartments stay occupied for years!

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