Post # 1
So I’m looking for some advice from bees that live in or own rental homes. We have been in the same home for 6+ years now and have always dealt with our landlord directly, but really not much as the home doesn’t require much maintenance that we don’t take care of ourselves (it was fully remodled before we moved in, albeit poorly done). Recently the landlord had a property management company take over his rentals (he has a couple) and they sent us a letter back in April saying they would be conducting inspections over the next month. Well, we just got a call saying they want to do the inspection Friday, as in 2 days from now! We could postpone, but it really won’t do us any good and although it’s a rush we’d rather just get it over with asap…
DH and I have never gone through a rental inspection, and haven’t lived in the same place more than a few years. I will be doing regular cleaning (thankfully I just deep cleaned a few rooms last weekend) and tackling the appliances tonight. But I am unsure what they will be looking for/at/in and how far I need to go with my cleaning (ie light cleaning or deep spring cleaning)….
Our main issue is we are planning to move away but aren’t 100% sure we are going to be moving, DH is in salary talks now and if they can’t agree on a good # we won’t be making the move. We don’t want to give the property management company a heads up until we are 100% sure we are doing it. We really don’t want to have to deal with them trying to show the property while we are living there, and we’ve heard some slimy backhanded things about the company in particular (very few good ethical honest property management companies in my area) so the least we have to speak to or deal with them the better. Our lease was for a year, but obviously that was up 5 yrs ago and went on a month-to-month basis so we are also worried that if we mention moving they may give us 30-days notice instead of waiting until we are ready…
In summary, the house is in good condition, but what is considered usual non-concerning wear and tear after 6 years? The carpets are unraveling in a few places (super cheapo carpet), obviously it needs paint on the walls, some new lightbulbs that we haven’t replaced bc we never used them anyway… But the management company has never even seen the house before so how do they even know what the condition is was in when we moved in? I’ve read they do everything in their power to keep your security deposit, even going so far as to straight up lie about the condition of the home so that has me a little worried. I just need to know what to expect as DH is out of town and won’t be back until the night before the inspection so I need to get as much done as I can before then…
Post # 2
Management companies all suck, never had a good one. With that said, I don’t think they are too picky about inspections, as long as you are not doing something to cause severe damage to the place. Normal wear and tear to the paint, carpets, etc. should be acceptable, especially since you’ve lived there for 6 years. As long as you are not causing water damage or pest infestations or have fire hazards around, you should be fine.
For the record, I’ve lived in several rental units and have always gotten my deposit back in full, with one exception where they took $90 because they said they needed to deep clean the apartment because I had a dog. All apartments had wear and tear on the walls and the carpets, but they are not supposed to take money for that. If you are worried about that, take pictures of the condition you left the apartment in, that way if they claim more damage, you have proof they are lying.
Post # 3
We’ve bought rental property that already had tenants inside the units. When that happens you do an inspection just so you have something to compare the place to for when those tenants move out.
I wouldn’t worry about it! The fact that you are cleaning/worrying means that you haven’t trashed the place and they won’t care if the oven is dirty.
They basically want to see and make a walk-through sheet so that if all of the doors/applicances/windows etc are in good/medium/bad condition now that they are in the same condition when you leave. Plus they are probably assessing if they will need to fix anything (example: we put new windows in after doing the inspection because the frames were sooo old.)
Don’t worry about it! 🙂
ETA: do you have a walkthrough sheet from when you first moved in? Or does your landlord? If you are worried about the company being shady, then request that from your landlord. The landlord will be giving over any related papers anyways, but it’s good to have a copy yourself.
Take photos of the condition of the place today, then email them to yourself (this gives the photos a ‘date stamp’ to prove that you took them when the company took over, and not right before you moved out)
Post # 4
stephfilly: Nope, no walkthrough with the landlord when we moved in. We pretty much meet the landlord, checked the place out, paid our deposit, and were moving in all the same day. I like your idea re photos though and e-mailing them to the management company… ShhhItsaSecret: Thanks!
Post # 5
BeckyS0: Our property management does the following each inspection:
Photographs house from outside, yard and each room inside
Checks all light fixtures and ceiling fans work
Check air filter (we are supposed to change everymonth)
Notes any damages (this includes things that were already noted on our move in inspection)
Makes sure there are no fire hazards like lots of stacked boxes, exposed wire etc
Looks for evidence of insect or rodent infestation ( they look under the sink, and in some cupboards for droppings)
Makes sure we are following the terms of our lease (they have all sorts of crazy ones like your curtains have to have a white backing or you have to have blinds and stuff like that)
It usually takes them 15 minutes. I do basic cleaning, floors vaccumed, kitchen and bathroom cleaned, change the airfilter and make sure the yard is mowed/raked.
Post # 6
nikkialys: stephfilly: ShhhItsaSecret: thanks everyone! The walk-through was a success- the property management company owner was there less than 5 mins and thought everything looked great! I was super worried about our yard especially because its been raining for over a week & it looks soo horrible… but he had no checklist or anything, pretty much just peeked in each room & was on his way home! On the upside, my house is now super clean and organized!! =)