Getting a lease on a property isn’t all there is to property management. Here is where the work really begins for those who take this business seriously. At Independence Capital Property Management, we want to make sure that both the property owner and the tenant are happy and satisfied when a property is leased. For this, we perform move in and move out inspections with video and/or pictures.
How are Move in and Move out Inspections Carried out?
In order for move in and move out inspections to really be effective and serve a purpose, we carry them out in video and/or picture format. Normally, its video accompanied with pictures. What’s great about taking video is that we can see a flow of the house. For example, imagine this, a tenant moves in and for some reason they rip out a wall. Unfortunately, you would have no proof of the tenant doing this because you don’t have evidence to back up what the format of the property was prior to the move in. This is where video inspection is great because it gives a flow of the house, where you can clearly observe what damage is and what damage isn’t there. In a move in inspection, you can zoom into certain things that are there, like a hole in the wall, and prove that it was or wasn’t the current tenant who did it. Videos have been very helpful with these types of situations. Additionally, we accompany these videos with pictures in times where even more specific detail is needed. We can annex these pictures into our reports, and it’s great having the physical image at hand.
This Makes us Different and More Dependable
Interestingly enough, the competing property managers in our communities do not use video or even pictures when carrying out inspections. They stick to the typical format used here in the property management culture. The company will hand out a written form for the tenant to fill out and then allow up to 30 days for it to be returned to the property management company. The big risk here is that when tenants move in big furniture, there is a high possibility of scuffing up doors, walls, and many other damages can be done. Now the tenant can simply write in the format that the property was like this before hand, making it impossible to hold them accountable for these damages at the end of their tenancy. But with our video and picture inspections, there is no doubt as to how the tenant is receiving and returning the property.
Other Functions of Video and Pictures
Video and pictures taken during the inspections are shared with the tenant, therefore setting an expectation. When we share these with them, they are made aware that we have video documented the property, and that we know how they are receiving the property and more over that we have proof of how they are receiving it. Video documentation doesn’t go only for the inside of the house, but for the outside of the house as well. The yard, the bushes, and all those type of things are also documented. This gives us a really good advantage since we are setting a clear expectation right up front.
More Benefits of our Move in and Move out Inspections
Another added benefit is that the videos and pictures taken for move in and move out inspections are electronic files, so they can be shared. As a homeowner, if you want to be able to see the move in or out inspection we can make it happen.
Being able to compare the move in inspection to the move out inspection is another huge plus. When we carry out the move out inspection through video and pictures, we are able to compare the two to make judgements on what was caused by damage, what is wear and tear and how the state of the house compared to when they moved in.
So as you can see, our meticulous methods of move in and move out inspections has beyond great benefits for everyone involved, making leasing with us here at Independence Capital Property Management a very gratifying and incomparable experience.
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