When it comes to regularly documenting the condition of a property, it’s best to be prepared and know exactly what needs to be documented in order for the walkthrough to be worth it. This is especially true in the case of properties currently occupied by tenants.
For occupied properties, the flow for conducting a walkthrough and creating a condition report has a few more steps to be aware of.
This article will walk you through preparing for an occupied property walkthrough, performing the walkthrough, and then what to do after the walkthrough.
Preparing for an Occupied Property Walkthrough
Preparation is quite possibly the most important step in the process since it will help align expectations and can keep you from potentially upsetting your tenants. Here’s what you’ll need to do for the preparation stage:
Performing an Occupied Property Walkthrough
You’ve done your preparation, reminded your tenant(s) 24 hours before the walkthrough, and now it’s time to actually conduct the property walkthrough. Here are the steps we recommend for performing an occupied property walkthrough:
What to Do after the Occupied Property Walkthrough
Once you’ve completed the walkthrough, it’s recommended to do the following:
Always follow your state's rules when it comes to rental property inspections and tenant law. If you’re not sure, look it up!
What if you don’t want to do occupied property walkthroughs yourself?
If you're like a lot of property managers and don't have the time or just don't want to conduct these property walkthroughs yourself, you don't have to! There are platforms that can enable your tenants to conduct their own mid-tenancy walkthroughs, or you can outsource your condition reports to Showdigs Agents.
Showdigs Agents are actively-licensed, local agents who are specially trained to conduct mid-tenancy and move-in/move-out condition reports so you don’t have to. Ask us if Showdigs Agents are available in your area to get started!