Self Inspections

Every residential property should develop and use a preventive maintenance program.

A key feature of effective preventive maintenance programs is the scheduled self inspection. Self inspections allow an owner to find and address existing or potential problems, before damage or injury occurs.

Your preventative maintenance program should outline who will carry out the inspection, and when. Perform self inspections at least every six months. Use a checklist, listing the all sites and items to inspect. The building manager should review these inspections and address any issues that discovered.

Things to look for...


Inspect for dry rot, termite, vehicle or weather damage or other wear.

  • Building walls
  • Stairs
  • Landings
  • Balconies
  • Garages
  • Carports
  • Support buildings


Should be well secured, with no give or wobble.

  • Stair treads
  • Handrails
  • Guardrails


  • Tree limbs should trimmed away from buildings, particularly roofs and gutters.
  • Composition Shingles
    • Ensure shingles are in place and in good condition.
  • Clay Tiles
    • Inspect for cracked, broken or missing tiles.
  • Wood Shake / Shingle
    • Treat roof every few years with a fire retardant.
    • Replace shingles that have become dry, loose or are missing.
  • Pitched Roof
    • Inspect a for worn, damaged or missing shingles or tiles.
  • Flat Roof
    • Check for standing water
    • Check for stains and discoloration left by standing water.
    • Repair or replace flashing and sealers annually, preferably before the rainy season.
    • Drains should be free from obstruction.


  • Find any potholes or large cracks. These should be filled.
  • Apply a sealing coating as often as climate dictates.

Concrete Walkways

  • Inspect for elevation changes, or lips; these can cause a person to trip and fall.
  • Mark intentional elevations, such as steps, with a contrasting paint at the elevation change.


  • Establish preventive maintenance contracts for periodic servicing for HVAC, Plumbing & Sewer systems.
  • Inspect electrical panels, water heaters and natural gas appliances annually.


  • Consider any site specific features that are unique or problematic.
  • Look for signs of pests or vermin.