Selling, buying or leasing out property can be serious business. Whether the property is an older building or new construction, getting the lowdown on your property is of upmost importance. Code violations and maintenance problems can be quickly identified; however, many of the most common and usually minor problems go unnoticed. There are a few common problems that landlords and property managers should look out for before the inspection of their current property. Potential tenants should also be alert of these problems before signing an apartment rental agreement.
Missing, disabled, or improperly installed smoke detectors are the number one problem noticed on most compliance orders. Be sure to fix smoke detectors to ensure the safety of occupants and to speed up the inspection approval process. In addition to properly functioning smoke detectors, in case of fire or other disasters, make sure there are adequate escape routes. This does not mean you must have an emergency staircase by every room, but you must have at least two acceptable means of escape, such as a door or large enough window.
Faulty furnaces or exhaust vents can lead to serious health issues, fires and lawsuits. Avoid these complications by servicing your furnaces on a yearly basis. In addition to yearly furnace checks, make sure to inspect rental units frequently to check for cleanliness. Dirty properties can attract pests, a problem that can quickly and exponentially grow. If you come across even indirect evidence of a pest problem, immediately call a reputable exterminator to fix the issue.
These are only a few issues that property managers and landlords face during the inspection of a property. For more information on what to look for during an inspection process, reference our infographic below, and for problems beyond your scope use our guide on How to Screen Contractors and Handymen.
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