Earlier, we covered what you should look for when inspecting your home’s exterior. Keeping a home up to par is important in property management. After all, a well-maintained home makes for happy tenants, which ultimately makes for satisfied landlords. We’ve seen it all when it comes to the home’s exterior, and also the home’s interior. Here is a list of common areas to check when it comes to inspecting the interior of a home and keeping it in tip-top shape. Checking the Home’s Interior Doors and Windows Leaky doors and windows can cost money. Check for missing or broken seals, cracks, gaps, and drafts. Ceilings The big thing to look for when it comes to your ceilings is the tell-tale sign of water damage. If you spot any discoloration on your ceiling, there’s a good chance that water has leaked inside the home. Most water damage is yellow or brown. Plumbing There are two problems to look for when checking your plumbing: rust and leaks. A leaky pipe can cost hundreds of dollars a year. A rusted pipe can potentially cost more if it breaks. Check any exposed pipes throughout the home for signs of water leakage or rust. This is especially true for older homes that may have galvanized steel pipes. Electrical Check the circuit panel and any exposed wiring for defects. Make sure all lights work. Also check to make sure outlets have been grounded. Appliances Make sure all appliances are in good working condition. You should consider changing older appliances, or replacing them with Energy Star-rated appliances. HVAC Test the heating and cooling capabilities of the HVAC system. Inspect the air filters to make sure they’re fresh and working. Check exposed duct work, too. Look for peeling duct tape, loose fittings, dents, and torn sections. Also check the registers to ensure that they’re free of obstructions that can impede airflow. Floors The main problem that can impact your floors is water intrusion. Look for black spots near the baseboards. Check for damp carpet, or wood that has buckled or warped. Avoid expensive home repairs with regular maintenance and inspections. Contact us to learn how professional property management services can take care of your properties and keep them in great shape for you and your tenants.
Matthew is the CEO of Evernest. He is a student of the book Good to Great and is passionate about building the best property management company on the planet (and maybe even the universe if Elon Musk will hurry up). You can usually find Matthew at the baseball field with his son, at a dance recital with his daughter, or at his favorite restaurant with his wife, when he’s not in the office. And if you can’t find him in any of those places, it probably means he’s traveling.