(Closed) Help! Rental inspection in 2 days & I'm clueless what to do/clean/etc

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Post # 2
5140 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

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
208 posts
Helper bee

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)

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 12 months ago by  stephfilly.
Post # 5
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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.  

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