Once a tenancy ends and the residents have vacated, a Landlord/Property Manager should conduct a thorough inspection of property to see what needs to be taken care of before the start of the next tenancy. Also, this should help in finding issues that the previous tenant should be responsible for.
Inspect the property from top to bottom and be sure to take pictures or videos. Be thorough and inspect often neglected areas, such as wall trims, the bottom of the refrigerator and the inside of the oven.
Keep an eye out for general wear and tear and these damages commonly left behind by tenants:
- Holes behind doors
- Missing or burnt out light bulbs
- Missing blinds
- Unapproved alterations to the property, such as paint colour
- Strange odours
An end-of-tenancy inspection also provides an opportunity to assess what improvements to the property can be made. Some minor upgrades and fixes you may want to consider are:
- Signs of mould
- The condition of carpeting
- Outdated appliances and fixtures
- The silicone around the bathtub, shower or sink
- Plumbing leaks and drippy faucets