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Why Routine Inspections Count

03/08/2021

As a successful property manager, you know the importance of routine inspections cannot be underestimated. There are a million reasons why routine inspections are important. One of them is to help you discover, identify, and address maintenance issues. Not only are they important for enabling smooth communication between landlords and their tenants. The details in a routine building inspection provide evidence for disputes between landlords and tenants.

Above all, routine inspections are crucial when ensuring the safety of the building for its inhabitants. The recent tragic building collapse that occurred in Miami has shed light on the importance of routine building inspections. It’s better to discover major structural damages sooner than later. Three years before the collapse of the Champlain Towers South complex near Miami, an engineer warned of structural damages such as cracks in the columns and walls in the 13-story building’s garage. This deadly collapse showed us that building inspections should not be ignored and must be followed up by routine inspections especially when the inspection report shows signs of future damage.

There are ways in which you can improve your routine inspections as a property manager. Here are a few tips that you can make use of!

Inspect all areas…

As a property manager, it’s possible to have an overwhelming amount of things on your checklist. Try to avoid complacency and keep an eye out for hidden damages or tenant issues such as illegal subletting or pets.

Regularly check…

A common struggle that property inspectors face is inspecting a property to find out that you have already reported an issue weeks or even months ago. It’s important to follow up on repairs that have been reported. Landlords may overlook emails or your emails can simply get lost in their inboxes, that is why you have to follow up on issues that require repair.

Don’t wait…

If you notice issues that may have been caused by the tenant during your inspection, do not postpone addressing them to the parties involved. Delaying it may only cause the damage to escalate.

Build a good relationship…

It’s important to maintain a positive relationship with your landlords & tenants. If none of the parties were on-site during your inspection, it’s important to keep them updated with the results of the inspection as well as sending them a thank you email.