We just made it easier to prepare a walkthrough inspection report for someone else to complete. Simply add known values as a parameter to a URL and MoveIn.Space will pre-populate (i.e. pre-fill) the report and notify the person who is to perform the inspection (i.e. the “Inspector”).
This is great for:
- tenant management websites; and
- landlords and property managers using even basic automation; and
- anyone who needs to create and assign walkthrough inspection reports.
Pre-Fill an Inspection Report
The API knowledgebase article will explain how the URL may be as simple as
to simply assign a blank walkthrough inspection report to someone (i.e. an “Inspector”).
You can also include all or some of the following pieces of information.
- landlord(s) email addressses
- housemate(s) email addressses
- move-in date
- move-out date
- date to send a reminder to all involved parties
- property address
- transaction identifier — a unique ID you use to correlate a report on MoveIn.Space with a transaction on your system.
Track Your Traffic
Or, if you simply want to track which Inspectors come from your link, you only need the following URL.
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How to find the right roommate
. . . “ask questions about compatibility, tidiness, noise, personal belongings, overnight visitors allowed, and what will happen if the rent is not paid,” says Josh Rosenthal, owner of MoveIn.Space, a Washington, D.C.-based company that helps renters prepare to move and manage walk-through inspections, who also recommends asking for and contacting references they provide.
SelfStorage wrote an article about “How to Sublease Your Apartment” and included MoveIn.Space as the tool to use for the important step to prepare your space by documenting it.
STEP 4: PREPARE YOUR SPACE
To save yourself time and potential hassle at the end of the sublease, Josh Rosenthal, founder of MoveIn.Space recommends doing a walkthrough of your space beforehand and documenting everything.
“Pictures are not enough. Record the condition of items and add notes. Also include model and serial numbers in case something needs to be replaced or gets replaced without your consent,” says Rosenthal.
Continue reading How to Sublease Your Apartment – Prepare Your Space
Real Estate Today radio show opens doors for buyers and sellers with critical and credible information on the real estate market. It’s fast paced and fact packed with experts, interviews, call-ins, field reports, and timely market conditions.
On their episode “Staying Cool”, Real Estate Today featured MoveIn.Space/walkthrough’s role in reducing friction between landlords and renters.
Real Estate Today’s Feature of MoveIn.Space
This is a company looking to end arguments involving security deposits.
It’s a cloud-based application helping both landlords and tenants prove “it was like that at move-in.”
We want to thank REPlexus‘s Josh (@RealEstateTek) for creating this opportunity and for representing MoveIn.Space.
TurboTenant aims to be the easiest landlord software to use. They also have a great price for landlords and property managers — 100% free.
TurboTenant Recommends MoveIn.Space
In their article “What You Should Know About Property Inspections“, they say
. . . a condition report can be as simple as a checklist that you and your tenants complete together. Plus, if you choose an online version, you can even upload photos and easily email a copy to your tenant. Websites like MoveIn.Space allow landlords and tenants to easily document the property’s condition online.
The dreaded “inspection”– it’s done before move-in and move-out and causes a ton of headaches for both parties, especially upon the end of a lease. You built a relationship and then things start going downhill just because the inspection revealed a ton of deductions from the security deposit. Is it really that important? Is the extra legwork for doing inspections worth it? Well, here are some things that you should find out about walkthrough inspections.
What exactly is a “walkthrough inspection”?
It’s when both landlord and tenant go around the rental unit to check for any damages or unauthorized modifications. Landlords usually look for damages that are beyond the normal wear and tear of a unit or any changes made to it by the tenant without prior approval, usually involves painting/decorating the walls. They compare the condition of the unit before move-in day versus the current condition of it.
When do landlords conduct these inspections?
It’s done before move-in and during move-out. There are state laws that determine when these inspections will take place, it could on the exact date of when the tenant is supposed to move out, or could be two or three days after. Regardless, inspections are best done when all of the tenant’s possessions are out of the unit so the damages incurred can be easily seen by the landlord.
For landlords, using websites such as MoveIn.Space can lessen the headache of determining what kind of damages were caused. Some issues may not seem obvious immediately, so it’s best if the landlord has proper documentation of what the unit looked like before the tenant moved in. MoveIn.Space helps keep these things in one convenient place and minimize potential disputes.
What are the benefits of walkthrough inspections?
Even if not all states require landlords to do so, it’s still beneficial for both parties to conduct walkthrough inspections.
- Avoid conflicts with the tenants – If the landlord discovers the damages early on, they can make the tenant aware of the possible deductions that will be made on their security deposits.
- Prepare for repair fees – Walkthrough inspections lets landlords anticipate the repairs that need to be done and how much they’ll cost.
- Gives the tenant the chance to fix the unit – If the inspection was conducted before the tenant’s move-out day, the landlord can give them some leeway and fix the damages to keep their security deposit intact.
- Full security deposit – If the tenant manages to leave the place in immaculate condition, then they don’t have to worry about deductions on their security deposits. Alternatively, if they fix the damages noted by the landlord, then they can rest easy knowing that they’ll be getting their money back.
- Gives them a chance to fix damages – the walkthrough inspection can put focus on damages that they didn’t notice immediately.
- Avoid getting shorthanded by their landlord – Contrary to popular belief, there are still landlords out there who will pretend you have incurred damages and deduct from your security deposit. By doing the walkthrough inspection together, the tenant can make a dispute if the landlord points out some “damage”.
Are there different kinds of walkthrough inspections?
Yes, there’s actually four different kinds of inspections.
- Move-in inspection – Conducted during the process of moving in. For transparency’s sake, it’s best if both the landlord and tenant are present. Why? So that both parties can’t say the old school excuse of, “It was/wasn’t like that when I moved in!” They can take photos of every nook and cranny of the rental unit so they can make comparisons once move-out inspection day rolls in. If there are already pre-existing damages prior to a potential’s tenant move in, it must be noted as well.
- Routine inspections for safety and cleanliness – Just a standard inspection made by landlords to ensure that their tenants are living in a habitable environment. It’s usually done every 3-6 months because if a landlord waits for a longer period of time, the condition of the property might deteriorate. As with any other inspections, it should be well documented. If a landlord finds any sort of damage to the unit, they can schedule a follow-up inspection to confirm that a tenant has fixed the issues. Sometimes, these routine inspections can actually cause tenants to get kicked out of a unit.
- Drive-by inspections – No, a landlord doesn’t have to be in the unit to conduct this. This is mostly a “discreet” inspection conducted by driving around the perimeter of the property to check for any violations of the rules. A landlord must inform their tenants if they’re planning on conducting one in the future. Usually, unauthorized pets get discovered during these kinds of inspections.
- Move-out inspection – The king of all inspections. This determines if a tenant will be walking away with their full deposit or if the landlord is gonna have to shell money out of his or her pocket to fix the damages. To avoid playing the blame game, both parties must be present during the final inspection– no more telling who caused what. As always, technology is your best friend. It’s wise to have a camera handy (with timestamps!) to take photographs of any damages–for what? Well, sometimes tenants get a little too happy when it comes to suing landlords over security deposits… So, make sure that before suing, tenants should be 100% sure that what their landlord did was illegal and in violation of their rights.
Now that the basics of walkthrough inspections have been explained, tell us in the comments how yours were conducted and how the issues were resolved!