Interim property inspections are happening this week in Tucson for KGC Properties tenants! All but one tenant happily agreed to the date and time selected based on my schedule. But that one, and there is always that one, “Ummmm, could you give me a week to get ready?”
I’ve done this long enough to know why tenants need a week to get ready for inspections, but I ask anyway. Listening, I agree, make a note that says, “pay extra, extra attention” and smile.
Smiling because, most landlords have been doing this long enough to know, that if you need a week to get ready (unless you really have a good reason), it doesn’t matter how much Oust you spray, how much stuff you get rid of, how hard you try, some evidence is usually overlooked, and here’s what we end up finding anyway:
- Unauthorized pets
- Junk motor vehicles (even if you move it temporarily - we know the signs)
- People living in the home not on the lease
- Smell of smoke
- Damage that is being covered up
- Evidence of illegal activity
- And much more!
We can’t give up what tips us off and what we look for – but just know, even though it’s not 100% perfect, 9 times out of 10, if you are doing something that isn’t agreed to in your lease – we’ll find out – if not at the scheduled inspection, not too long afterwards.
Best advice for tenants getting ready for property inspections:
- Make sure the house is clean
- If you have “things” or people that are there – but not supposed to be – be prepared to discuss it, take the consequences and work something out with the landlord (if it’s legal)
- Same applies if you are doing something in the home, like smoking, that you aren’t supposed to be doing – just own up and address it.
Instead of trying to "oust" things and spending your time figuring out how to get away with something, be upfront with your landlord. Will you be able to work everything out? Depends on what it is, but it’s best to be honest, make some effort, and know that most times, things can be worked out.
This blog is written with my opinions and my opinions are presented with accuracy but not guarantees. Please talk to a professional before making any real estate, financial or agency decisions. Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind - 2014. If you want to reprint parts of this - just email me for my permission: KGCProperties@gmail.com .