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Home inspection (by Dan [NY]) Jan 16, 2019 4:28 AM
       Home inspection (by S i d [MO]) Jan 16, 2019 5:07 AM
       Home inspection (by Pat [VA]) Jan 16, 2019 5:19 AM
       Home inspection (by AllyM [NJ]) Jan 16, 2019 6:19 AM
       Home inspection (by Scott [IN]) Jan 16, 2019 7:41 AM
       Home inspection (by 6x6 [TN]) Jan 16, 2019 10:03 AM
       Home inspection (by Gene [OH]) Jan 16, 2019 1:27 PM
       Home inspection (by 6x6 [TN]) Jan 16, 2019 1:36 PM
       Home inspection (by Busy [WI]) Jan 16, 2019 3:56 PM
       Home inspection (by 6x6 [TN]) Jan 16, 2019 4:31 PM
       Home inspection (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Jan 18, 2019 8:16 PM
       Home inspection (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Jan 18, 2019 8:17 PM
       Home inspection (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Jan 19, 2019 1:36 PM

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Home inspection (by Dan [NY]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2019 4:28 AM

We have typically just showed up asking tenant to complete a form, sat down to review lease terms among other tactics. We have not disclosed this process. How are other landlords doing home inspections? Do you disclose and schedule or just show up? Look to improve this process.


Home inspection (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2019 5:07 AM

As soon as their app is conditionally approved, I let them know I'll be stopping by today to get their signature on a form (maybe the Lead Paint form...maybe the ad printed from Zillow, whatever...) and take pictures of animals. No need to say anything else. We're still in screening mode.

If they try to put me off or get elusive, that's my sign they've got something to hide.

I don't review the lease at this stage because that takes about 30 minutes to do that properly and we haven't even gotten to "approved and have the money" stage yet. The name of the game is save time.

I can figure out within 2 minutes of entering a home whether I would ever rent to the occupants. The sights, the smells, the sounds, the pit bulls....NOTHING is hidden.

In-home inspection = best screening tool ever invented! --173.20.xxx.xxx

Home inspection (by Pat [VA]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2019 5:19 AM

I'm sure it will catch on, just like getting a deposit did. It is a great idea, but I admit I haven't done it yet. Maybe drive by the outside, yes.

It will reveal how many people are really living there (count the toothbrushes in the bathroom) but most important, if they smoke. We all know how much that costs when they move out. --71.219.xx.xxx

Home inspection (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2019 6:19 AM

I inspect once a year with the fire inspector and at other times by calling them and letting them know we have to change a filter somewhere or asking if they have any issues that need repair. --73.248.xxx.xxx

Home inspection (by Scott [IN]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2019 7:41 AM

I tell them not to return the completed application to me. I will come to their house and pick it up, and do a brief inspection while I am there. --107.141.xx.xxx

Home inspection (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2019 10:03 AM

I have not tried this yet myself but am glad you asked. --73.120.xx.xxx

Home inspection (by Gene [OH]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2019 1:27 PM

In the statements at the end of my application it states that an in-home visit might be done as part of the application process. When they let me know the application is ready for me, I schedule a time to pick it up at their place so I can do an inspection at that time and also collect the application fee and give them a receipt. --155.188.xxx.xx

Home inspection (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2019 1:36 PM

Thank you Gene. --73.120.xx.xxx

Home inspection (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2019 3:56 PM

As Scott and Gene said.

I tell prospects, ĎHow you keep your house is how youíll keep mine.í Most people say that makes sense, some have even said that gave them Ďa good feelingí that I would take care of repairs.

I have had a few stop me at the door, not wanting to let me in. I simply say, Ok, I will not be able to process your application at this time, and leave. Love when they screen themselves out.

Not a problem if they took a couple of days to clean before calling me to pick up the application. True slobs donít do that. Iíve not had to turn anyone down for poor housekeeping, but I have turned down for unsafe conditions, yelling roughly at children, bickering with family members, for messing up their apointment time. (Be there when you say you will, applicants.) I donít mention any of this while I am there. Iím on their turf, I donít want to give any reason for them to argue or be upset.

I say very little when Iím there, try to keep a flat affect (poker face, ) donít ask to see bedrooms or bathrooms, though they often will show them, so I peer in those rooms, but donít walk into those rooms. --70.92.xxx.xxx

Home inspection (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2019 4:31 PM

Out of all people that I scheduled to show the house to I had only two show up on time. --73.120.xx.xxx

Home inspection (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jan 18, 2019 8:16 PM


First, I call it the "2 Minute In Home VISIT". The word 'inspection' strikes fear. No one wants to be INSPECTED.

No need to be coy or sneaky or make up some reason. You are in charge and you have a great house they really want.

This is only for the final candidate who has the money.

"Joe, Good news! Your application has been pre-approved. The next step is 2 Minute Visit at your home just to check how you care for a house and make sure you're not cooking meth in the kitchen (grin)." If animals "And we need a photo of the dog for our files."

Good people don't mind a 'visit'.

When I show up I'm upbeat and super friendly, commenting on their collections or cute animals. They open up and tell me ALL KIDS of things!

This has saved us THOUSAND$$$ and we are getting perfect move outs.

I now take the lease with me. If it's OK I collect the deposit and they sign the top page. We set an appointment for the next day to review the lease and pass the keys.

For those who have not started this practice, BE STRONG and protect your investment with a few minutes. If you are too shy just hire a realtor for $20. I pay $50 for distance realtors to do this for me. Well worth it!!



Home inspection (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jan 18, 2019 8:17 PM


I do not sign the lease on the spot in case the office finds something or they flake out.

BRAD --73.102.xxx.xxx

Home inspection (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Jan 19, 2019 1:36 PM

It is easier to swallow if you are there handing them a copy of the approved credit report. That way you are giving them something and just making sure that trash cans, litter boxes and lawn mowers are in place and are being used. --72.23.xxx.xx

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