As a landlord, you should inspect your rental property before new tenants move in and once they go out. Utilizing an inspection checklist is very important to ensure you don’t miss anything during your walk-through and to prevent any potential problems concerning the tenants safety and well-being, in addition to preventing a loss of security deposits. Make your own inspection list using a word processing application or use an online template.
Property Grounds and Building Exterior
Check the grounds thoroughly searching for any branches that are near power lines or touching the roof that need trimmed. Ensure all exterior lighting is working. Inspect the walkways, driveways, lawn, outbuildings and any fencing searching for cracks, uneven surfaces, rotting or any potential hazards. Test sprinkler systems and outdoor pools or spas. Inspect the roof, chimney, gutters, down sprouts, foundation, siding, windows, railings, porches, patios and decks. Check for stability, cracking or shifting, damaged or missing components and humidity or structural damage.
Basic Home Interior
Do an interior walk-through checking to ensure every door opens and closes correctly, fits the doorframe and that all door locks are functioning. Test every light switch and check that all power outlets are working. Inspect the walls searching for damage and cracks. Verify the ceiling doesn’t show signs of water leaks or other damage. Keep an eye out for mould. Test each window, look for soft spots at the ground, inspect stairs and rails and assess that all smoke detectors are working.
Bath and Bath
Open and shut every drawer and closet. Check under the sink for signs of leaks, ensure the hot and cold-water faucets are tagged, working and that all sinks drain correctly. Inspect the cooker, ensuring all knobs are found and the oven and burners function. Check the fridge and freezer containing the light, temperature and scent. Test appliances, the toilet, shower and exhaust fans. Inspect the shower stall, counter tops and floor around the toilet. Test ground fault receptacles ensuring that they are working correctly.
Basement, Utility Rooms and Garages
Inspect the attic, basement, utility room and garage areas, if applicable. Keep an eye out for signs of leaks, insects and also any other damage. Look for cracks, rotting, irregular surfaces or discolorations. Examine plumbing lines and the electrical breaker box — look for signs of wires that are crocheted or surfaces, and neglected breakers. Test the air conditioner and heater units to ensure they’re working correctly, and change the filter. Check the dryer vent and scrutinize the area around the hot water heater.