Periodic Inspections

Periodic inspections are a great way to get visibility into a unit's overall condition and stay on top of preventative maintenance

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Written by Brett Perry
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What is a RentCheck Periodic Inspection?

Periodic Inspections, also known as Routine Occupied Inspections, are designed to document the condition of a unit during occupancy and help ensure that a unit is being maintained by the resident.

Periodic Inspections create an opportunity for property managers and landlords to communicate with their residents. Property managers can ensure appliances and safety items such as smoke alarms are up-to-date and serviced.

Periodic inspections can be completed by residents easily and quickly. Periodic Inspections can be done on the residents' own time without having to coordinate an in-house inspection and contain fewer steps than a move-in, move-out, or annual inspection.
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How long does a RentCheck Periodic Inspection take?

RentCheck Periodic inspections typically take about 30-40 minutes to complete depending on the size of the unit. If a Property Manager elects to perform the inspection, we recommend utilizing our fast-track option which takes about 10 minutes to complete on average. Learn more about fast-track inspections here!

What's included in a RentCheck Periodic Inspection?

RentCheck's standard Periodic inspection includes the steps and questions outlined below.

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Front Yard

Room / Area

Feature Name

Instructions

Question

Front Yard

Front Yard

Take several photos of the front yard, including the mailbox. Take close-ups if there are specific areas of damage.

Is the front yard free of trash and debris?

Is the front yard free of overgrowth?

Mailbox is present and intact?

Front Porch

Room / Area

Feature Name

Instructions

Question

Front Porch

Front Porch

Take several photos of the front porch floor, steps and handrail. Take close-ups if there are specific areas of damage.

Are the porch steps and floor free of any major cracks or damage?

Is the porch handrail properly secured?

Side Porch

Room / Area

Feature Name

Instructions

Question

Side Porch

Side Porch

Take several photos of the side porch floor, steps and handrail. Take close-ups if there are specific areas of damage.

Are the porch steps and floor free of any major cracks or damage?

Is the porch handrail properly secured?

Front Door

Room / Area

Feature Name

Instructions

Question

Front Door

Front Door

While standing in the entry take several photos of the front door from inside and out as well as the entry walls and floor.

Front door opens and closes properly

Door locks properly?

Flooring and baseboards free of damage?

Kitchen

Room / Area

Feature Name

Instructions

Question

Kitchen

Kitchen Floor, Ceiling, Walls

Take a few photos of the room as a whole. Stand back from each corner to ensure you get photos of the room in its entirety. Take close-ups if there are specific areas of damage.

Do all of the light fixtures work properly?

Is the ceiling free from any major cracks or stains?

Are walls free from any major cracks, holes or stains?

Do all of the windows open and close properly?

Are all glass panes free from damage?

Fridge and freezer operational?

Dishwasher operational and free of clogs and leaks?

All stovetop burners work properly?

Vent hood fan operational?

All additional appliances working properly?

Kitchen

Kitchen Sink

While standing in front of the sink, take a picture of the entire sink.

Does the faucet have normal water pressure?

Is the faucet free of any leaks?

Is the sink free of chips, scratches, or stains?

Garbage disposal operational?

Kitchen

Under Kitchen Sink

Open the cupboard below the kitchen sink and take a photo of the inside.

Are the pipes under the sink free from leaks?

Kitchen

Kitchen Cabinets & Counters

Take several photos of the upper and lower kitchen cabinets as well as the countertops.

Kitchen cabinet drawers and doors open properly?

Cabinets and counters free from any major cracks or stains?

Dining Room

Room / Area

Feature Name

Instructions

Question

Dining Room

Dining Room Floor, Ceiling, Walls

Take a few photos of the room as a whole. Stand back from each corner to ensure you get photos of the room in its entirety. Take close-ups if there are specific areas of damage.

Floor is free of any major cracks, scratches or stains?

All light fixtures and/or fans work properly?

Is the ceiling free from any major cracks or stains?

Walls free from any major cracks, holes, or stains?

Doors open and close properly?

All windows open and close properly?

Are all glass panes free from damage?

Living Room

Room / Area

Feature Name

Instructions

Question

Living Room

Living Room Floor, Ceiling, Walls

Take a few photos of the room as a whole. Stand back from each corner to ensure you get photos of the room in its entirety. Take close-ups if there are specific areas of damage.

Floor is free of any major cracks, scratches or stains?

All light fixtures and/or fans work properly?

Is the ceiling free from any major cracks or stains?

Walls free from any major cracks, holes, or stains?

Doors open and close properly?

All windows open and close properly?

Are all glass panes free from damage?

Family Room

Room / Area

Feature Name

Instructions

Question

Family Room

Family Room Floor, Ceiling, Walls

Take a few photos of the room as a whole. Stand back from each corner to ensure you get photos of the room in its entirety. Take close-ups if there are specific areas of damage.

Floor is free of any major cracks, scratches or stains?

All light fixtures and/or fans work properly?

Is the ceiling free from any major cracks or stains?

Walls free from any major cracks, holes, or stains?

Doors open and close properly?

All windows open and close properly?

Are all glass panes free from damage?

Bedroom

Room / Area

Feature Name

Instructions

Question

Bedroom

Bedroom Floor, Ceiling, Walls

Take a few photos of the room as a whole. Stand back from each corner to ensure you get photos of the room in its entirety. Take close-ups if there are specific areas of damage.

Floor is free of any major cracks, scratches or stains?

All light fixtures and/or fans work properly?

Is the ceiling free from any major cracks or stains?

Walls free from any major cracks, holes, or stains?

Doors open and close properly?

All windows open and close properly?

Are all glass panes free from damage?

Is there a working smoke alarm?

If there is a working smoke alarm, have you tested it recently?

Bathroom

Room / Area

Feature Name

Instructions

Question

Bathroom

Bathroom Floor, Ceiling, Walls

Take a few photos of the room as a whole. Stand back from each corner to ensure you get photos of the room in its entirety. Take close-ups if there are specific areas of damage.

Do all of the light fixtures or fans work?

Is the ceiling free from any cracks, stains, or damage?

Are walls free from any major cracks, holes, or stains?

If there are windows do they open and close properly?

Are all glass panes free from damage?

Bathroom

Bathroom Fixtures

Take photos of the toilet, shower and tub.

Toilets flush properly?

Toiilets refill properly after flushing?

Toilets stop running after refilling (wait for it)?

Toilets free from damage or stains?

All plumbing fixtures work properly?

Shower and tub drains properly?

Shower and tub free from any major stains, cracks, or scratches?

Bathroom

Bathroom Sink(s)

Take pictures outside and under the sink(s).

Do all faucets have normal pressure?

Are all faucets free from leaking water?

Do all of the sinks drain properly?

Are sinks & counters free of chips, cracks or stains?

Do drawers and doors open and close properly?

Are handles and hardware in place?

Are mirrors free from cracks or damage?

Do all of the light fixtures work?

Are pipes under the sink free from leaking water?

Laundry Room

Room / Area

Feature Name

Instructions

Question

Laundry Room

Washer and Dryer

Take several photos of the washer and dryer

Washer door opens and closes properly?

All washer controls work properly?

Dryer door opens and closes properly?

All dryer controls work properly?

Laundry Room

Laundry Room Floor, Ceiling, Walls

Take a few photos of the room as a whole. Stand back from each corner to ensure you get photos of the room in its entirety. Take close-ups if there are specific areas of damage.

Floor is free of any major cracks, scratches or stains?

All light fixtures and/or fans work properly?

Is the ceiling free from any major cracks or stains?

Walls free from any major cracks, holes, or stains?

Doors open and close properly?

All windows open and close properly?

Are all glass panes free from damage?

Den

Room / Area

Feature Name

Instructions

Question

Den

Den Floor, Ceiling, Walls

Take a few photos of the room as a whole. Stand back from each corner to ensure you get photos of the room in its entirety. Take close-ups if there are specific areas of damage.

Floor is free of any major cracks, scratches or stains?

All light fixtures and/or fans work properly?

Is the ceiling free from any major cracks or stains?

Walls free from any major cracks, holes, or stains?

Doors open and close properly?

All windows open and close properly?

Are all glass panes free from damage?

Stairway

Room / Area

Feature Name

Instructions

Question

Stairway

Stairway Steps, Ceiling, Walls

Take several photos of the steps and handrail, ceiling, and walls. Take close-ups if there are specific areas of damage.

Steps are free of any major cracks, scratches or stains?

All light fixtures and/or fans work properly?

Is the ceiling free from any major cracks or stains?

Walls free from any major cracks, holes, or stains?

Doors open and close properly?

If there are windows do they open and close properly?

Are all glass panes free from damage?

Hallway

Room / Area

Feature Name

Instructions

Question

Hallway

Hallway Floor, Ceiling, Walls

Take a few photos of the hallway ceiling, walls, and floor. Take close-ups if there specific areas of damage.

Floor is free of any major cracks, scratches or stains?

All light fixtures and/or fans work properly?

Is the ceiling free from any major cracks or stains?

Walls free from any major cracks, holes, or stains?

Doors open and close properly?

If there are windows do they open and close properly?

Are all glass panes free from damage?

All electrical outlets work?

All electrical outlets have covers?

Basement

Room / Area

Feature Name

Instructions

Question

Basement

Basement

Take several photos of the basement steps, handrail, ceiling, walls, and floor. Take close-ups if there are specific areas of damage or if anything is not working.

Are the steps and floor free of any major cracks or damage?

Is the handrail properly secured?

Are the walls free from any major cracks, holes, or stains?

Is the ceiling free of any major cracks, stains, or damage?

Doors open and close properly?

If there are windows do they open and close properly?

Are all glass panes free from damage?

Back Porch

Room / Area

Feature Name

Instructions

Question

Back Porch

Back Door

Take a few pictures of the outside and inside of the back door in its entirety.

Does the door open and close properly?

Is the door free of cracks or damage?

Garage

Room / Area

Feature Name

Instructions

Question

Garage

Garage Door

While standing outside the garage, take a picture of the entire garage door.

Does the garage door opener work properly?

Garage

Garage Walls and Ceiling

Take several photos of the garage ceilling, walls, and floor. Take close-ups if there are specific areas of damage or if anything is not working.

Floor is free of any major cracks or stains?

Walls free from any major cracks, holes, or damage?

Is the ceiling free from any major cracks or damage?

All light fixtures work properly?

Carport

Room / Area

Feature Name

Instructions

Question

Carport

Carport

While standing outside of the carport, take several photos of the carport as a whole. Take close-ups if there are specific areas of damage.

Walls free from any major cracks, holes, or damage?

If a light fixture is present does it work properly?

Is the ceiling free from any major cracks or damage?

Backyard

Room / Area

Feature Name

Instructions

Question

Backyard

Backyard

Take several photos of the backyard. Take close-ups if there are specific areas of damage.

Is the backyard free of trash and debris?

If fenced in, is the fencing free of damage?

Pool

Room / Area

Feature Name

Instructions

Question

Pool

Pool

Take several photos of the pool focusing on any damage or issues.

Is the pool clean and in good condition?

Is the pool pump working properly?

Storage Room

Room / Area

Feature Name

Instructions

Question

Storage Room

Storage Room Floor, Ceiling, Walls

Take a few photos of the room as a whole. Stand back from each corner to ensure you get photos of the room in its entirety. Take close-ups if there are specific areas of damage.

Floor is free of any major cracks, scratches or stains?

All light fixtures and/or fans work properly?

Is the ceiling free from any major cracks or stains?

Walls free from any major cracks, holes, or stains?

Doors open and close properly?

All windows open and close properly?

Are all glass panes free from damage?

Loft

Room / Area

Feature Name

Instructions

Question

Loft

Loft Floor, Ceiling, Walls

Take a few photos of the room as a whole. Stand back from each corner to ensure you get photos of the room in its entirety. Take close-ups if there are specific areas of damage.

Floor is free of any major cracks, scratches or stains?

All light fixtures and/or fans work properly?

Is the ceiling free from any major cracks or stains?

Walls free from any major cracks, holes, or stains?

Doors open and close properly?

All windows open and close properly?

Are all glass panes free from damage?

Office

Room / Area

Feature Name

Instructions

Question

Office

Office Floor, Ceiling, Walls

Take a few photos of the room as a whole. Stand back from each corner to ensure you get photos of the room in its entirety. Take close-ups if there are specific areas of damage.

Floor is free of any major cracks, scratches or stains?

All light fixtures and/or fans work properly?

Is the ceiling free from any major cracks or stains?

Walls free from any major cracks, holes, or stains?

Doors open and close properly?

All windows open and close properly?

Are all glass panes free from damage?

Attic

Room / Area

Feature Name

Instructions

Question

Attic

Attic Floor, Ceiling/Roof, Walls

Walk around the attic to take several pictures of the space as a whole. Take close-ups if there specific areas of damage or issues.

Floor is free of any major cracks or stains?

Is the floor free of water stains, rot and mold?

No signs of droppings or rodent presence?

All light fixtures and/or fans work properly?

Is the ceiling/roof free from any major cracks or stains?

Is the ceiling/roof free of condensation and mold?

Walls free from any major cracks or stains?

Walls free of condensation and mold?

Doors open and close properly?

All the windows open and close properly?

Are all glass panes free from damage?

General

Room / Area

Feature Name

Instructions

Question

General

Air Filter - Step 1

Open the HVAC unit to access the air filter. Remove the air filter and take two photos - one of the top side and one of the bottom side of it.

Has the air filter been changed within the last month?

Is the air filter clean?

General

Air Filter - Step 2

Replace the filter with a new one if needed and place back in the HVAC unit. Take a picture of the filter in the open HVAC unit.

General

Smoke Alarms

Take a photo of all smoke detectors installed at the property.

Is there a smoke detector on every floor?

Is there a smoke detector in every bedroom?

Do all the smoke detectors work when tested?

General

Carbon Monoxide Detector

Take a photo of the carbon monoxide detector (usually in the kitchen)

Is there a working carbon monoxide detector?

If there is a working carbon monoxide detector, did you test it?

General

General

Take several photos of the overall space including any common areas.

Overall, water pressure is normal?

Floor is free of major cracks, scratches, or stains?

Ceiling free of major cracks, holes or stains?

Walls free of major cracks, holes or stains?

Windows open and close properly?

Glass panes free from damage?

Stair railings and steps secured?

No visible mold or mildew?

No signs of mice or rodents?

Is there a fire extinguisher present?

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