Stacey Surveys Ltd
The purpose of an inspection is to evaluate the overall condition of the property, specifically to check if everything is in good working order and reasonable state, both the interior and exterior.
Inspections are typically conducted on a quarterly basis, but often reduced to every 6 months.
The primary objective is to spot any obvious areas that require attention. But more crucially, it is the perfect opportunity to repair any minor problems before they get out of control and become major repairs. It’s always easier and cheaper to repair problems at their early stages. Something simple as a small leak can transform into a disaster, if it is neglected for long enough.
It is also unreliable for the landlord to rely on tenants alone to report potential problems. Most tenants will report serious issues, but many will not.
Sometimes, through no fault of the tenants, it is often easy to be completely unaware of potential problems. For example, the tenant might be accustom to the smell of dampness, however, the inspector might notice it as soon as they walk through the front door. A fresh set of eyes, ears and nose is extremely useful for picking out minor problems at their early stages.
The inspection is just a quick walkthrough of the property, looking at the general condition of the interior and exterior of the property. Looking around the windows for dampness & mould, and to check that extractor fans are in good working order. The garden is checked to see if it is overgrowing, and for pile-ups of rubbish.
It is also a perfect opportunity to express any concerns that the tenant may have about any problems with the property.
Tenants are encouraged to write any down beforehand ready for the inspector.
Please beware that access will be required to every room in the property, and the garden. Therefore any pets should be controlled to allow safe access to these areas for the inspector.