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wantboost

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My tenants have been in for 3 months now . I was gonna go do an inspection and test smoke detectors.

Should I tell them I'm doing a walk thru or that I'm just going to test smoke detectors and change furnace filter

Also . What should I look for at property and should I tell them in doing a walk thru or just going for filter and smoke detectors and does it matter if they are home or is it recommended ??
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You will need to check on your state's specifics.

In VA, we have to give 24 hours notice. We tell them we are doing routine check and maintenance. We test smoke detectors, check the air filters, check anything specific to that unit, and take a look around while we are in there to make sure it doesn't look like a hoarder. They don't have to be there and we don't have to reschedule to allow for them to be.
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You will need to check on your state's specifics.

In VA, we have to give 24 hours notice. We tell them we are doing routine check and maintenance. We test smoke detectors, check the air filters, check anything specific to that unit, and take a look around while we are in there to make sure it doesn't look like a hoarder. They don't have to be there and we don't have to reschedule to allow for them to be.


Yes I'll give notice .
Do u tell them what u are checking.
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I do. It's a routine maintenance and preventative maintenance check. We check filters, smoke detectors, plumbing for leaks, ceilings for signs of roof leaks, the whole unit for signs of pest infestations, and other routine items. That's enough to get you into every room, closet, sink, basement, attic, garage, etc.
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I do. It's a routine maintenance and preventative maintenance check. We check filters, smoke detectors, plumbing for leaks, ceilings for signs of roof leaks, the whole unit for signs of pest infestations, and other routine items. That's enough to get you into every room, closet, sink, basement, attic, garage, etc.


Ok thx , so u tell them exactly what u are checking for .

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Ok thx , so u tell them exactly what u are checking for .


Not exactly.  I give them the speech above.  Do I tell them I'm there to see if they have the unregistered pet or unauthorized person that I suspect?  No.  If I see it, I'll give them a lease violation notice for it.  But I don't tell them I'm checking for it.  [biggrin]
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It's good to know. Our tenants moved in late July, i went back home in Aug to replace a new AC unit and did not check on the house until on the moving out inspection
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wantboost

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When is moving out inspection done and I guess u dont really know where tenant is going to get a hold of them??
OHlandlord

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A move out inspection is done when tenants have removed all their belongings, have finished cleaning, and are ready to hand in their keys. Some states require you do this inspection with the tenant. In other places, the landlord may want to do it after they have already moved out. Surely you have a forwarding address to send their deposit, so you should know where they moved to
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If you are planning for a walkthrough to your tenants, you should send them a notice before 24 hours. Thereafter you can conduct a home inspection. During an inspection, you can check for the proper functioning of smoke detectors. Also, check the fire sprinklers for security purpose.
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