In our most recent blogs, we tackled various aspects of property management. Smart property managers know that digital property management can simplify these 3 types of inspections: move-out, move-in, and routine inspections. Today’s article focuses on the types of inspections that a digital management can make simpler and more efficient.
The move-out inspection is quite arguably one of the most important duties of a property manager in its own right, and it is very important to get right. Move-out inspections are a property manager’s chance to find damage or filth that will need to be deducted from a former tenant’s security deposit.
Move-out inspections are often tedious at best, and at worst they can entail finding unpleasant surprises. Not all tenants take good care of their rentals during the time they live there, and you’ve probably experienced your fair share of horror stories related to tenants that moved out and left substantial damages and/or trash.
Fortunately, digital property management has a lot to offer you here. With digital property management you can carry out a full inspection on your phone or tablet, rather than having to juggle clipboards and other tools. Handy checklists will help you remember exactly what you need to look at, so you can spend your time efficiently. Best of all, when you’re done with the inspection the app will format the report for you, saving you potentially many hours of typing.
Move-in inspections are generally much more low-stakes from the standpoint of a property manager. A typical move-in inspection simply entails walking an incoming tenant through a property and showing them how it looks. All the same, it is important for a property manager to be knowledgeable about the state of a property, so that they can tell an incoming tenant exactly what the tenant needs to know.
This is where digital property management comes in. Because digital property management saves time and energy, you can be that much more certain that you were thorough in any given inspection. This can in turn help you to reassure a tenant by assuaging any concerns they might have. And in all fairness, isn’t that what you are there for?
Routine inspections are important for making sure that a tenant is taking good care of a property, and that there are no issues relating to health or safety. Routine inspections are much less intensive than move-out inspections, but they are still very important: after all, they are a chance for a property manager to discover potential dangers and address them. They are also an opportunity to find damage or evidence of slovenliness on the part of the tenant.
There is one major difference between routine property inspections and both move-out and move-in inspections: the tenant is occupying the premises. This is a quite significant difference, because a routine inspection is somewhat disruptive of a tenant’s privacy. Because of this, it is important for you to be as expedite and efficient as possible in conducting a routine inspection. The sooner you check what you need to, the sooner you can bid the tenant good day.
The efficiency of digital property management is a definite benefit here. Conducting an entire inspection on your mobile device and then sending it off to the client with one tap of your finger is a great deal more efficient than conventional inspections. Next inspection alerts can help you to remember to follow up on something next time.
Given how important it is to get everything right in a short time, can you really afford not to use a property management app?