The slums inspection process is complex and often times you can’t tell who is going to get into a house if you don’t know where the inspection is.
So, you want to be prepared for this, says Dr. Peter H. Teng of the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Medicine.
“You need to know where you’re going to be.
You need to be ready for a long period of time to get in there, to make sure that the house is clean, to ensure that there are no pests and that the building is in good condition.
You also need to have a plan, or a timeline, for when the inspection should take place.”
He also advises that you avoid being the victim of a slums assessment scam when you’re not sure of the inspection date, the number of inspectors and whether you can walk into the house without a permit.
You’ll also need a checklist of things you need to take care of during the inspection, such as water and food supplies.
“There are a lot of things that we’ll need to keep in mind, particularly when you have a lot people in a house.
You may have to do a little bit of extra stuff,” he says.”
The first step is to ensure you have all of your health and safety measures in place, whether it’s a stove, whether you have water supplies.
If there’s no food or water, you might need to clean out your stove or water supply.”
The checklist will also tell you what you should do if you get into trouble during the process, such the case of a house getting boarded up, Teng says.
If you are able to walk into a slumps inspection house, it will usually have an inspector present.
“I think it’s important to have an experienced inspector who is familiar with the property and the history of the house,” he explains.
“It’s also important to be able to identify people in the house.
And also, you can check the conditions of the property before you enter.”
If you need assistance getting in touch with an inspector, call the Slums Assessment Service on 1800 228 636.