House inspections normally take place once or twice a year. They are typically done by the landlord or property manager.

What is inspected?

A thorough inspection should cover all aspects of the rental property from top to bottom:

Electrical – You should check all the power points are working, by plugging in a small appliance for testing.

Plumbing – Check all taps for good water pressure. Flush toilets to make sure they are not blocked or slow draining. This is also a good time to look for mould and mildew around taps, shower screens and pipes.

Structural – Check walls for scratches, cracks, holes, and chipped paint, also for any signs of damp and mould on ceilings too.

Smoke Detectors – All smoke and CO2 detectors must be in good working order. There should be one located in common rooms, one in the kitchen, and in each bedroom. They should be checked every 6 months. It’s a good idea to maybe check them every time the hour is changed twice a year.

Kitchen – In the kitchen, look for damaged counters, floor tiles, and porcelain. Make sure the cooker, oven, and fridge are all in working order.

Bathroom – Things to look out for are: chipped tiles – scratched mirrors and damages to any of the fixtures. Make sure taps work and they drain properly.

Doors – Make sure all doors open and close easily and any locks and handles function correctly. All exterior doors need to be lockable.

Windows – Windows should also open and close easily, and be lockable from the inside. You’ll want to make sure both the doors and windows are properly sealed.

Heating and Cooling – Be sure to check the heat to make sure it is coming through all vents, radiators or underfloor. Radiators should also be bled and boilers checked.