In this blog, we will go over the proper techniques to gain access to a property and conduct a thorough interior inspection.
Approach the Property
Before starting the inspection, it’s essential to do a complete exterior inspection of the property to confirm that it’s still vacant. Don’t assume the property is vacant based on the interior inspection order. To learn more about performing an exterior inspection, check out our guide on completing an exterior inspection.
Gaining Access to the Property
After completing the exterior inspection, you’ll need access to the inside of the property to perform the interior inspection. Most properties have a lockbox on a secondary door, but if you can’t find it, check all other doors and nearby locations such as railings, water spigots, and fences.
- Take clear photos of all exterior doors to show its absence if the lockbox is missing
- Check the order for additional codes or the broker’s contact information if the code provided doesn’t work
- Take a photo showing the code on the lockbox tumblers if none of the codes work
Entering the Property
Once you have access to the property, it’s crucial to knock and announce your presence to anyone inside. You’ll usually find a sign-in sheet in the kitchen, and you must sign it to show that you’ve performed an inspection. If the sign-in sheet is 75% full, leave a new one with the current one to track all individuals entering the property.
Inspecting the Interior
When photographing the interior of the property, start with the floor to check for potential safety hazards or damages. Check all walls for structural damages, cracks, or any issues that could affect the property’s condition. Finally, inspect the ceilings for water damage. To inspect the kitchen and laundry room, check that all appliances are present, and if any are missing, take a photo of their location. Check all cabinets and under the sink in the kitchen and bathrooms for signs of water or mold damage. When inspecting bathrooms, report any compromised toilet seat wrappings. When inspecting the basement, check all four walls, the floor, and the ceiling for water or mold damage and take photos of any mold found.
Common Areas Missed During Inspection
Hallways, closets, and stairs are often missed during interior inspections. Be sure to check all closets, including the floor, walls, and ceilings for damages. When going up or down stairs, check for loose or missing spindles and report any broken or unsteady stairs.
Volte Stick Test
When conducting a volt stick test on the interior of the property, test the outlet where the sub pump is plugged in first. If the power is running to the sub pump, lift the float to confirm its operation. If there’s no sub pump or the volt stick test doesn’t yield a signal, perform the test at the breaker box by touching the tester to the box or wires leading into it.
Conclusion: By following these steps, you’ll be able to conduct a thorough interior inspection and provide accurate and detailed reports. Remember to always announce your presence, sign in, and inspect every room and common area for potential hazards or damages.