As a landlord or property manager, the health and safety of your tenants is paramount. That’s why it’s vital to ensure that all residents, new and old, have a safe, comfortable place to live. It’s also important to know who should be held responsible if an apartment isn’t in move-in ready condition.
A move-in/move-out inspection solves all of these problems.
Typically, a landlord, property manager, or maintenance person takes on the role of “apartment inspector" to perform the move-out inspection. In most cases, this “inspection" is merely a checklist of the cosmetic condition of various parts of the residence.
But apartment buildings are more than four walls and some appliances. They are complex structures with a number of systems that all need to be in top working order. The traditional move-out “inspection" looks at the surface, but doesn’t usually catch the problems that might be lurking underneath.
A handwritten checklist might be easier on the person performing the inspection, but it doesn’t help you shed light on the building’s condition.
Instead, hire a professional home inspector to perform a thorough, accurate move-out inspection and get up-to-date information on the dwelling’s condition. Your property manager probably notices when a stove burner isn’t working, but would they notice a mold problem?
Professional home inspectors have to undergo rigorous training and testing to receive their certification. In addition to the cosmetic checklist you provide, they also know how to check for structural damage, electrical system malfunctions, pest infestations, and anything else that could pose a hazard to your other tenants.
You’ll still be notified of any cosmetic repairs, cleaning, or routine maintenance that need to be addressed before a new tenant moves in. But you’ll also be getting so much more.
With a Master Home Inspector, you’ll know whether that crack in the wall is due to normal settling or a symptom of something much larger. (Something your property manager can’t do.)
And with EDC’s thorough yet clear reports, you’ll have every bit of information right where you need it. Compare images between current and previous reports. Get a punchlist of high-priority maintenance tasks and prevent costly surprises later. Take care of upgrades while the home is unoccupied so it will be ready for the next family.
No surprises. No unexpected renovations. No disgruntled residents.
At EDC Professional Home Inspections, it is our mission to exceed the legal standards in every move-out inspection we do, but we also seek to exceed your standards.
Our initial move-out inspection is the most thorough, as it creates a baseline of the property’s condition. Subsequent inspections are easier, giving you valuable information every time that you can use to ready the dwelling for a new resident.
We inspect the following (when accessible) in every inspection:
We can also inspect for:
And with EDC Professional Home Inspections on your side, you’ll have a trusted expert to call on when you need it. We’ll respond to tenant complaints quickly and efficiently, uncovering the root of the issue so you can fix any problems correctly the first time.
Missing a potential issue is compounded in a move-out inspection, because much more than one family is affected. Trust your inspection services with an expert who will leave no stone left unturned.
Doing your own move-in/move-out inspection might be quick, cheap, and convenient, but it’s just not effective.
Without an expert home inspector, you could be missing serious issues that could threaten the safety of your residents (not to mention cost you thousands of dollars in repairs).
DIY move-out inspections aren’t worth the money you think you’re saving. Use a professional home inspector for your move-in/move-out inspections and get the whole picture on your building’s condition.
Schedule your inspection today and see the EDC difference.