Benefits of Having a Move-Out Inspection
A move-out inspection is essential for landlords and property owners. It helps ensure the unit is left in good condition and protects your investment by identifying any issues that may need to be addressed. Having an inspection also provides peace of mind, as you will have documentation of any damage or repairs that need to be made. Ultimately, it can save you time and money in the long run.
Once we complete the move-out inspection, we provide you with an inspection report and photos. We can schedule a phone call to review the report and guide you on determining a scope of work. You can purchase a Hemlane move-out inspection separately or as part of the Leasing+ bundle.
Tenant can be present if they choose
We can perform a move-out inspection with or without the tenant present. 5 to 7 days before move-out, we will email the tenant with a link to schedule their inspection. If they do not wish to be present, we will inspect after they vacate the unit.
Hemlane cannot manage utility services
We cannot manage utility services on behalf of the property owner. The owner is responsible for activating utility service before providing Hemlane with access to the unit. If utility service is not active at the time of the inspection, we will proceed but cannot properly evaluate any affected fixtures or appliances.
The inspector is not a repair technician
The person who performs the inspection is not a repair technician and does not have the opportunity to win or refer any repair business. Their job is to be thorough and unbiased.
Canceling or Rescheduling and Inspection
If an inspection is not canceled or rescheduled with at least 24 hours notice, there will be a $150 trip fee assessed. If the inspector is unable to enter the property at the scheduled time because the tenant, owner, or owner's agent failed to provide access, then we will assess the $150 trip and reschedule the inspection.
What the inspection does and does not cover
The inspector is not looking for structural, roofing, foundation, or other exterior issues but they may list anything they happen to notice as a courtesy.
Windows and Doors
The inspector will evaluate the condition of windows, exterior doors, and any interior doors critical to egress of the residence (examples: bedroom or bathroom doors).
The inspector will evaluate the condition of toilets, faucets, shower-heads, water heater, garbage disposals, sinks, and other standard plumbing, including confirming that hot water service is available. The inspector does not investigate the condition of pipes but may list anything they happen to observe as a courtesy.
Electrical Fixtures, HVAC, and Major Appliances
The inspector will evaluate the condition of HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), lighting, exhaust fans, other electrical fixtures, and any appliances present at the time of inspection. The inspector does not investigate wiring, receptacles, or the breaker box but may list anything they happen to observe as a courtesy. The inspector does not investigate portable heating and air conditioning units.
Interior cosmetic condition
The inspector will document any cosmetic concerns, such as cleanliness or damage to paint, cabinetry, doors, flooring, etc.
Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
The inspector will run the self-test to confirm whether the batteries are functional.
Mold Remediation (Organic Growth)
If the inspection reports Organic Growth (we don't mention Mold in writing unless confirmed by a specialist), we can definitely arrange to have a specialist come out to test and evaluate. The owner would be responsible for the cost of the specialist. There can be many factors involved so we will always touch base with the Owner on this before dispatching.
The report is a rental move-out inspection, not a code compliance or occupancy certification. The inspector may note findings based on current codes but will not give an opinion on whether your property is 'grandfathered'.