The Importance of Routine Rental Property Inspections

The role of a Tampa property manager is to play as the intermediary between property owners, tenants, and contractors who perform repairs and maintenance on the property. Successful property management requires regular inspections of the property to ensure that all structural and cosmetic issues are addressed in a timely manner, which helps to prevent smaller issues from turning into major headaches and also helps to preserve and increase the value of the property.

Here are a few items your property manager should be checking routinely:

LANDSCAPING

Your Tampa property manager should inspect the lawn and landscaping to ensure that it is being tended to properly. If not, it is the responsibility of the property manager to have the issue addressed by making sure the tenant begins managing the lawn care or by hiring a lawn care company to manage it, depending on the rental agreement. This is important, because failing to maintain a rental property’s landscaping can potentially result in costly fines for the owner.

EXTERIOR STRUCTURE

Tampa property managers should inspect the exterior structure of the rental property and check for signs of damage and/or deterioration. Some of the items that require special attention include chipped, cracked or peeling paint, loose shutter, debris on the roof, loose or missing shingles, signs of water damage, and broken windows. All electrical, cable, and phone lines or satellite dishes should also be inspected and if damage is detected, the appropriate repairs should be made.

INTERIOR STRUCTURE

Your property manager should inspect the interior of the structure, starting from the ground up. Items within the interior of the property that should be addressed include cracking or leaking of the foundation, inspection of all water heaters, gas heaters, and appliances. All window fixtures, entrance ways, sinks and toilets should be checked for signs of leakage, and the ceilings and flooring of every room inspected for water damage or signs of mold.

Failure of your property manager to regularly inspect your rental property can result in unnecessary costs in the form of water damage, fire damage, and HOA fines.

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