We’ve talked before about some of the things that property managers should do to optimize their own practices with regard to inspections, but what about skills? After all, property inspections are important, and there are a lot of different things to keep track of when doing one. It’s important not to miss anything, and that’s where good skills come in. In today’s article, we’ll take a look at a few skills all property managers should cultivate.
There’s No Rush: Be Patient
A good property inspection is, essentially by definition, not a rush job. There is no such thing as a hasty but professional property inspection: the two are anathema to each other. It may not always be easy to make yourself slow down during rush season, but it’s absolutely vital to do so.
One very important reason that you want to be patient is that you are less likely to miss something important. Think about it: how often have you forgotten about something because you were stressed and in a hurry?
The more patient you are, the more you will pay attention to your surroundings. In other words, you’ll be more likely to actually see what you are looking at. We all know how easy it is to simply fail to see something that is right in front of us when we’re not paying attention.
What’s Under the Refrigerator?: The Importance of an Eye for Detail
You probably know how important it is to have an eye for detail, at least conceptually. It’s absolutely vital to succeeding in this business: after all, property managers need to pay attention to many different features of an individual property during an inspection.
This is the “What’s under the refrigerator?” principle: you need to be able to identify potential issues even when they occur in obscure, out-of-the-way places. With an eye for detail, you’ll be more likely to think about what you are and are not looking for, and that will help you conduct the inspection accordingly.
Have a Care: The Importance of Diligence
Being diligent means you care about your work: you want to actually get things right the first time, because you know how important it is. Other people are counting on you, and you have a reputation for excellence to maintain.
Even before carrying out an inspection, you can be diligent. Stay up-to-date on all applicable laws, so you can avoid any unpleasant surprises. You are more likely to become aware of any issues if you stay in touch with tenants. This will also help your communications with your clients to be more productive, since you will be more knowledgeable and more on top of things with respect to their properties.
A property inspection app is a very important tool that can help you to cultivate patience, an eye for detail, and diligence. A good app will help you to keep track of the things that you need to be aware of. You can even use it to set next inspection alerts. With digital property management, you’ll find it easier to cultivate the skills you need to perform great inspections every time.