My daughter called me the other day about a letter she received from the leasing office of her apartment complex. It said they would be doing an apartment inspection to check the appliances, carpet, and walls.
Since this is the first year my daughter is living by herself, she wasn’t sure what this meant. Poor girl was freaking out because she had stuff on her wall. She thought she had to take all her decor down. LOL
Today’s guest is going to go over what to do to prepare an apartment for inspection. If you have a son or daughter in college and they live alone, these will serve as a great reminder. Remember, it’s all about getting that deposit back if they move after their lease is up!
Here we go…
The Last-Minute Lament: 7 Speedy Steps Toward Preparing For An Apartment Inspection
Renting has its perks and downfalls.
If your dishwasher breaks, you get to call the landlord to fix it! If you owned the home any broken appliance is all on you. On the other hand, when renting, you are subjected to the dreaded home inspections from your landlord.
If getting a letter from your rental property manager once a quarter sends shivers down your spine – you are not alone. There is something somewhat annoying about having someone poke around your living space to ensure you are living up to a standard of cleanliness. I keep a very tidy house, and I totally freak out before every inspection.
To help calm my nerves, I have put together a list of speedy steps to prepare for a quarterly home inspection.
No, I am not calling the actual person who does the home inspection a pest. I am referring to actual pests. This year, a few days before the scheduled inspection, I awoke to about a thousand unwanted guests in my kitchen.
I was in disbelief. I keep the kitchen so clean! Yet, this tiny army of ants still marched across the counter and up into my fruit bowl. First order of business was to call pest control in Geelong to ensure the problem was taken care of quickly and professionally.
2) Get an Early Start
Most landlords will give up to 14 days notice before an inspection. Don’t leave the cleaning until the last minute. The day you get the notice, begin tidying up corners of the house that may have been neglected since the last inspection. Big tasks like cleaning the windows and garden maintenance cannot be done last minute, so schedule accordingly.
3) Revisit Your Lease
Getting a new home is so exciting, most people flick through the lease and sign as quickly as possible without reading the fine print. In preparing for an inspection, it is worthwhile to revisit the lease to see what you are indeed responsible for. This will ensure you don’t do too much, or leave anything essential out of the cleaning.
4) Interior Tidy Up
While I keep a clean and tidy house, there are certain things that often fall off my radar whilst cleaning. Preparing for an inspection is a good excuse to do things like clean the gutters of sliding doors to ensure mould doesn’t build up, clean the oven and dishwasher, and wipe off all cupboards and walls.
5) Outdoor Tidy Up
Tenants will often be responsible for outdoor spaces and gardens. If your apartment or home comes with a large garden, be sure to tidy up before the inspection. This task will vary depending on the season of course. In the Winter months, a quick tidy of debris will do the trick. In Summer, you will need to do things like mow the lawn, trim back hedges and weed the garden.
While the regular rental inspection can be a real pain, it also offers the opportunity to really tidy up the inside and outside of your home. Sure, doing it because you have to takes the fun out of it. But I have to admit, my rental home looks like a showroom in preparation for an inspection and I love it.
Don’t let the stress of a looming inspection get you down. Use these top 5 tips on how to prepare for it and spread out the tasks so you are not overwhelmed the night before!
Over to You
Great tips, right? Pass this on to your son or daughter to help them prep for when their apartment is up for inspection.
Have you ever gone through an apartment inspection? Tell us about it in the comments below!
And if you know anyone who could use these tips, please pass it on to them.
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