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Inspections: Five Tips Every Waterford Landlord Needs to Know

Maintaining a rental property in Waterford isn’t just about collecting rent; it’s about safeguarding your investment and keeping your tenants happy and safe. That’s why regular property inspections are so crucial.

They help you spot potential issues before they become costly repairs and ensure your property remains a place people are proud to call their home.

Inspections: check list for landlords

Here’s the lowdown on the five key areas you need to focus on during your inspections:

  1. Structural integrity: Look for any cracks in the walls and ceilings and don’t forget to check the exterior of the property for potential issues too.
  2. Plumbing and electrical systems: No tenant wants the surprise of a cold shower or an electrical issue. Give all your taps, toilets and pipes a check for leaks or signs of corrosion. Light fixtures and wiring must also be safe to prevent potential hazards. Check with your tenant that the electrical outlets are all working correctly and have a registered professional see to any issues.
  3. Heating: Ensure the boiler works efficiently and the radiators do their job. We organise an annual boiler service for all our managed properties.
  4. Safety equipment: This is about more than ticking boxes – it’s about ensuring your tenants’ safety. Fire blankets, smoke detectors and where required carbon monoxide alarms need to be in place and ready for an emergency.
  5. General wear and tear: A bit of damage is expected, but you’ll want to watch for anything that’s gone beyond ‘a bit’. Damaged fixtures, broken flooring, the condition of the walls and any changes made without your permission should be on your radar.

Remember, as a landlord, you must adhere to many rules and regulations that can be subject to change. You can find out more about your rights and responsibilities as a landlord on the RTB website. The good news is we can help take that load off your mind and handle all inspections, tenant relations and property management for you.

By staying on top of these five essential checks, you’re not just keeping your property investment in pristine condition but also building a solid, respectful relationship with your tenants.

What’s not to love about that?

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