Rental Property Inspection Preparation

By | April 20, 2018

Guide To Preparing For A Rental Building Inspection

If you’re building, renovating or buying a property, an inspection for structural defects is a must. As a renter, building inspection is not top-priority, but your landlord is up for it. Landlords inspect their properties to make sure everything is working well, there is no damage, and their tenants are keeping things clean. Having your rental property inspected at least once every five years can be an opportunity if you’re prepared, and here’s how to prepare.

Why Landlords Inspect Properties

Periodic rental inspections allow a property owner to know their property is being taken care of and that no unapproved renovations have taken place. By law, landlords should give tenants a 24-hours’ notice or longer before an inspection. Whether you have been given a day’s or week’s notice, do not panic. Landlords understand that you are living on the property and do not expect it to be sparkly clean. As a tenant, your house is your domain for the duration of the rental agreement, not your property to do what you please. Your landlord will extend the notice as a courtesy to you if you relate well.

Preparing For Inspection

Start cleaning your home once you receive a notice. If it is a week’s notice, do not wait until the last minute. Choose small tasks and do them orderly. Indoors, give the bath and shower a good scrub, and thoroughly clean the kitchen. Outdoors, sweep the driveway, mow the lawn, wash down the patio, and tidy up the garden. A day before the inspection, vacuum floors, put toys and clothes away and organise things.

If you have been given a day’s notice, work on the most visible areas. The landlord expects to see a clean bathroom and kitchen. Make a good impression by sweeping or vacuuming the floors. A tidy house shows that you like living in a clean environment.

Making Rental Inspection An Opportunity

Landlords also have responsibilities, and rental inspection gives you the opportunity to raise issues. As you clean, take note of trouble spots: Does the roof leak? Are doors or windows sticking? Are there signs of damp? Do light bulbs flicker or blow out? Do you have to unblock a toilet or sink? These and other problems are signs that plumbing, electrical and structural issues need addressing. Be present during the inspection to point out problem areas, or give your landlord a list of all problems and their locations. For more information on property inspections, visit to learn about the process of ensuring homes are sustainable for living.

The landlord/tenant relationship is one of joint responsibility. Landlords expect tenants to take care of their property. And tenants expect landlords to fix any problems that may arise. If you’re a good tenant, your landlord will do whatever it takes to retain you on their property. And if your landlord repairs anything that’s faulty due to wear-and-tear or wrong installation, you will continue renting from them. A rental inspect is an opportunity for you to prove you’re the kind of tenant they’re looking for and for them to show they appreciate having you on their property.