Waiting for Home Inspections stimulates anxiety. That is normal and it is part of life. But what do you have to worry about if you’ve taken the necessary steps to keep your home absolutely spotless and running smoothly? In this article, I cite real life examples where I had to go through excellent home inspections.
First of all, I remember when I was abroad, just before I was awarded my degree at the graduation ceremony, I worked hard every day to clean my bedroom and attached bathroom piece by piece. A few days before I left my dorm, I was talking to the caretaker and he said, “Come into your room. I’ll show you what to clean.” I was taken aback, but the consequences were beautiful. He looked at the window and then at the walls, the shelves, the table and the floor, but there was no dirt anywhere. He made me smile because he had been cleaning my room part by part the whole time. “Okay,” he said, “Everything seems fine. Just make sure the bathroom is clean too.” Then he came out. I was supposed to get security money for my room and the day before I checked out the caretaker was supposed to give it to me after my room cleanliness inspection. But instead he called me into his office, asked me to sign a form, and then handed me the security money. And then I was free! I thought to myself, Wow, my room doesn’t have to go through inspection after all because he had already seen the state of my room a few days ago. Stroke of luck!
I had to face another cleanliness inspection abroad in another country. Apartments on campus were subject to inspection every six months. Apart from the pressure of studies, I cleaned and cleaned little by little until the big day came. The inspector arrived on time. Now this was an apartment, covering a larger area than the bedroom with the attached bathroom in the other country, where cleaning was easier. So here was the inspector. He examined the rugs, the bathroom, the closets, the bedroom, the living room, and finally the tiny kitchen. In the kitchen, he looked into the refrigerator, drawers and shelves, and then the kitchen. There, he didn’t know that the stove lid could be lifted and when he did, there were small grains of cooked food. This is what he said: “Of course, the whole apartment is clean and tidy. You can’t fail the exam just because of this. Just clean it up!” It was something I learned and made sure to have it absolutely spotless before I left the apartment for good.
Now, in my country, people still have to learn about proper cleaning and management of homes. When the owners of a farm rent it to the tenants, the tenants are careless enough to go around damaging everything and not to mention cleanliness during their stay. When the tenants leave, it is the responsibility of the owners to take care of furnishing and decorating and, above all, to leave everything impeccable and bright for the new tenants. It’s funny, but that’s how it is in our part of the world! However, landlords could include in their policies agreeing that tenants keep everything inside their homes in working order and clean to the brim, otherwise they would be fined. In fact, landlords must ensure that their tenants leave their homes on the same level as when they first set foot.