As an investor, property manager or renter it is important to assess the current condition of the rental property. The Rental Move In/Move Out Inspection is intended to help educate the Client in the evaluation of the overall condition of the property. It is based on the visible and apparent condition of the structure and its components. The inspection covers the major systems to include, heating and cooling, as well as structural elements, exterior components, and drainage around the perimeter of the property. Decks, if present, are also inspected.
Rental inspections are designed to disclose deficiencies in the property that could materially affect its safety, livability or function, it will also provide maintenance recommendations. The inspection is not meant to disclose cosmetic defects.
A move-in inspection (sometimes known as a “walk-through”) is performed after signing the lease but before moving your belongings into the property. Your rental representative should use a move-in checklist, along with photos and/or videos, to document the current condition of the property.
The move in checklist is then signed by the tenant and becomes an addendum to the lease. A move-in inspection also helps you separate normal wear and tear from unusual damages that you may be able to deduct from the security deposit (if allowed by law) when the tenant moves out.
For the move-out, you’ll want to schedule a move-out inspection on the day you or your tenant vacates the premises. If you wait too long after the tenant has left, issues or claims could be questionable has to who is responsible.
That’s why it’s a good idea to schedule the move-out inspection with the landlord and tenant in advance. Remind the tenant that all of the utilities must be left on (if your lease and local laws allow) until the inspection is completed and that their security deposit will be refunded provided the place is in the same condition as when they moved in.
Bring a copy of the move-in checklist to help compare the current property condition to when the tenant moved in and take photos and videos to document any damage above and beyond normal wear and tear.
It is recommended that you attend the inspection. This will provide an opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns you may have regarding the property’s condition including, maintenance recommendations. While our inspection reports include concise explanations and images, seeing defects in person adds more clarity.
Within 24-48 hours of the inspection being completed, you will be furnished with a report describing what was inspected and the condition of those components.