What to expect during the inspection

The Check-Out Inventory, is a systematic process that involves a detailed walkthrough of the property. Both landlords and tenants may have questions about what exactly happens during this crucial step. Knowing what to expect can alleviate concerns and make the process smoother for everyone involved.

  • Scheduled Appointment: The inspection is usually scheduled in advance, giving tenants time to prepare the property for review. It's often conducted on the last day of the tenancy but can be scheduled a few days after, depending on mutual agreement.

  • Tenant Presence: Depending on the property, the process can take 20-60 minutes to complete. As such, tenants are typically are not present, with the opportunity for tenants to make comments being made online instead.

  • Document: A comprehensive report is used to ensure that all areas of the property are examined. The report is completed online, and sent to the tenant via email to confirm its accuracy, before digitally signing online.

  • Photographic Evidence: It's common for the inspector to take photographs as a record of the property's condition. These images can be invaluable in resolving any later disputes.

  • Highlighted Issues: Any issues found worthy of comment such as conditional defects, repairs or cleaning should be logged. This may even include items originally shown on the check in inventory report that hadn't changed during the tenancy.

  • Feedback: Tenants have the option to add their own comments and photographs to the report that they feel may add additional context.

  • Utility Checks: The inspector may also check that utilities like gas, electricity, and water.

In summary, the final inspection is a thorough and documented process designed to protect the interests of both the landlord and the tenant. Knowing what to expect can help tenants prepare adequately and can facilitate a more transparent and efficient inspection.