Doing home inspections at least annually is essential in maintaining the value of your Sacramento rental property. Perhaps you don’t think it’s necessary because you have great tenants who are paying their rent on time and not bothering you with a lot of repair requests. Inspect the property anyway. You want to make sure the place is being well maintained and you want to make sure there aren’t any problems that need attention before they become more expensive and complicated.
Sometimes tenants avoid reporting maintenance issues because they don’t think small leaks or broken windows are a big deal. That’s why it’s so important for you to see your property once in a while. Your inspections should include a check for anything that might be unreported but in need of attention. Make sure all the faucets are working and look under sinks to see if there are any leaks or indication that water has gathered. Open and close the windows to ensure they work and look to see if the air conditioning filter is being changed regularly. You also want to take a walk around the outside of your property, to inspect the roof, the sprinkler systems and the landscaping.
Inspections are also an opportunity to talk to your tenant. You can discuss any neglected maintenance and explain that you don’t mind being called with a repair request, no matter how minor. They might need assurances that you won’t raise the rent if they request maintenance or work. Talk about any concerns your tenant has about the property or the neighborhood.
Pictures and Documentation
Document your inspection with several pictures of everything you find. You want to get shots of every room, floor, wall and door, even if there are no problems. This type of attention to detail will help you later on, if the tenants dispute your claim on their security deposit. It also helps if you need to make an insurance claim. Pictures will help you establish when things such as roof leaks began or when floors became damaged. Take notes and as many pictures as possible while you’re at the property.
Contact Sacramento Delta if you have any questions about how to conduct inspections at your rental property.