Unless you’re lucky enough to make the move straight from the family home to your own place, most of us will rent at some point during our lives. There are many up sides to renting, however when asked about the downsides, people will often cite inspections as being a major cause of stress and concern.
But this shouldn’t be the case. For a lot of people there is a fear that if the place doesn’t sparkle like Disney on Ice, you’ll all be booted out on to the street with no where to live. This isn’t really the case. But you do need to make an effort on inspection day to show the landlord that you want to stay.
Here’s how to pass your inspection with flying colours, without ending up on stress leave.
1. Start early
The law in most states indicates that 24 hours notice needs to be given before an inspection can take place on a rental properly. But most agents and landlords will be a lot kinder to you, even telling you weeks before D-day.
Start preparing the property for the inspection as soon as you find out about it. By doing small incremental tasks you’ll save yourself the last minute freak out.
2. First impressions count
Often we spend days (or weeks) freaking out about the inspection only to have the real estate agent breeze in and out in the space of ten minutes.
First impressions count.
Clear the front garden and porch. Clutter and piled up shoes by the front door don’t give a great first impression.
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3. Smell all the smells
On the morning of the inspection open all windows to air the place out. This gets rid of any musty smells that could be hanging around.
If you want to make the place smell even better you could obviously use air fresheners, candles or diffusers but often people associate strong smelling things with you trying to cover something up.
Instead you could use the old cookie baking trick (bake some 30 mins before the inspection) or even just microwave a cinnamon stick for 2 minutes in a mug of water. The fragrance is pleasant but not overpowering.
The agent is not there to assess the state of your personal possessions but when they’re doing a quick look through often clutter makes everything seem much worse than it might actually be. If you look to take care of your things, chances are you’ll be taking care of the place too.
Use the inspection as an opportunity to clear away clutter from bathroom vanities, bench tops and anywhere else where junk has accumulated.