When we take on properties, we ask for three forms; the lease, the move-in inspection, and the rental application. Today, we’re talking about the importance of the move-in inspection. This is one of the most vital documents for a property manager and a landlord. It can save you a ton of money when you have the proper documentation in the form of a move-in inspection.
Landlord Move-In Inspection Checklist
One of the things that sets us apart from other Roseville property management companies is that we personally do our move-in inspections. We go to the property, give the tenants the keys, and fill out the inspection report with them. We make sure they agree with everything we put on there. It’s much different from giving them the paper and allowing them to put whatever they want on the checklist. The more thorough your move-in inspection, the better chance you have of getting the property back in the condition you gave it to the tenants.
Include Pictures with Inspection Reports
We also take pictures so we can effectively document the condition of the property at that time. Often, we’ll take 60 or more photos. We might miss something when we’re putting everything in writing, but when you have a picture of it, there’s no question about how the walls, appliances, doors, and floors looked on move-in day.
Comparing Move-In to Move-Out
This move-in inspection will help you when your tenants move out as well. It’s important because a year or two will go by and you may not see the property during that time period. You won’t remember how things looked on the day they moved in. But, you can look back and compare the condition. If there’s a dispute about something that might have been damaged or not damaged, you have the notes and the pictures, and the tenant’s signature agreeing to how the property looked.