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What property managers look for at inspections

When it comes to leasing a property, it is common practice for the property manager to visit for routine inspections. These inspection can be as often as every three months, but in lots of situations they occur once every six months. This is essential for all parties, as it gives them the opportunity to ensure that the property looks good, and it is maintained as it should be. Ensure that you are properly prepared to show your home to a property manager when the inspection date rolls around. Here are some major things that property managers look out for at inspections.

General cleanliness

This is likely going to be the first sign a property manager looks out for. If a property is not clean, then this will tend to reflect poorly on tenants and is likely to affect renewal options when a lease is up. A clean property will give the impression that you are taking care of your home, which is something that the tenant must also do. Therefore, its best to make sure you tidy up before any inspection.

Deeper cleaning

Would in the bathroom or the kitchen, built up grime or burn marks on a dirty oven show a lack of care. You need to pay a special attention to the kitchen and the bathroom on a regular basis in order to ensure that they have a standard level of cleanliness. Be ready for the inspection, so that you can obtain the desired result.

Unseen spots

It is also important to clean the hard to reach places like ceiling fans, vents and blinds, as well as cupboard doors. Even if the landloard doesn’t check these regularly, at least this will save you the effort if you move on.


In case you have broken something on the property, you can either repair it yourself, pay a professional or report it to a property manager in case the damage is quite significant. If you cannot repair it, then make sure you mention it at the inspection. There are some things that are up to the owner to maintain, but in the event that you caused the breakage, then be prepared to pay for the repairs or the replacement. Repairs are the responsibility of the tenant to flag with the property manager, in order to be able to repair the damage before it is irreversible.

Make sure the house looks good on the outside as well

Don’t forget that overgrown grass as well as weeds show a poor work ethic, and overall they can make your home look messy. You need to make sure your garden looks great by setting up a regular routine of mowing and weeding. It is essential that you stay organised and don’t not forget to have a close look at the outside of your property as well. An inspection doesn’t cause stress or anxiety if you actually keep up a regular cleaning and maintenance in the house. By doing so, you will be prepare at all times.

Jon Stul

Written by Jon Stul

Having spent over 12 years in the real estate industry covering all facets from residential through to commercial, established and off plan properties and sub-divisions, he has an in depth knowledge of the industry. Stepping out of the industry four years ago and moving interstate to expand a frozen yoghurt chain that has gone from 1 to 4 stores in the time he has been involved. This was recently sold to Made Group. Real estate has always been in his blood and it was a natural fit to start Bricks + Agent given the amount of insight he has into the industry as a whole. Having seen how all different forms of traditional marketing was used to the direction that it is now heading today, we think we have come up with a truly unique proposition that fits into the current state of the property maintenance market.

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