Which is best: open inspections or private viewings?
Not long ago, open inspections were considered the preferred viewing method for most any rental property, but such is generally no longer the case. Open inspections involved a publicly advertised date and time for potential tenants to stop in, view the property and ask any questions they may have. The main disadvantage is that it allows whoever wishes to attend, without any prior vetting by the landlord or their property management agency.
Private viewings have become more popular, allowing potential tenants to be investigated prior to the viewing to ensure they are serious, reliable prospects. Many property management firms utilize software like Inspect Real Estate, which lets prospective tenants the ability to book an online inspection. The property manager now has their name, phone number, and email address, allowing the agent to perform a preliminary screening of the potential tenant ahead of time.
Though single parties generally schedule private viewings, your property management agent may include other prospective tenants to attend at the same date and time, or they may cap the number of viewers allowed for security purposes. If there is currently a tenant occupying the property in questions, respecting their privacy should be a priority, helping ensure the tenant transition remains amicable.
While private viewings have gained in popularity, both viewing methods are still viable options, and you should choose one that best suits your preferences. Whatever method you choose, your current tenant’s privacy, your property’s security and your property manager’s safety should remain your top priorities.