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Physical Unit Inspection | International Residential Real Estate Investors Association
Wednesday January 24th 2018

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Physical Unit Inspection

The inspection should be thorough.  Whether completed by the investor or their representative, short cuts can costs very large amounts of money.  The key to an effective inspection is a unit checklist.  The list should review every item:

  1. Verify floor plans,
  2. Take photos of each room, appliance, and system before beginning,
  3. Check each item in the units:
  • Plumbing including type of pipes, condition of pipes, etc,
  • Electrical including number of circuits, amperage of circuits, type of wiring, location of meters and distribution
  • Waterheaters,
  • Leaks under cabinets, around faucets, drains, and signs of water damage through the unit,
  • Condition of carpet including type and condition of pad (to the extent it can be determined),
  • Condition of dry wall and style of paint for walls and ceilings,
  • Condition of exterior and interior doors, doorways / frames,
  • Condition and type of insulation,
  • Condition of cabinets and hardware,
  • Type and condition of lighting and other fixtures,
  • Toilet conditions,
  • Tub and shower condition,
  • Window condition (air leaks, signs of water leaks, single pane, etc.)
  • Condition of HVAC, heating, and cooling.

All systems should include collecting brand and model.  Find out where the complex gets supplies for these systems.

The inspection should result in by unit photos and lists of all current condition factors.

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