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8 Things You Need to Check off When Inspecting an Apartment

Nancy Smith - Tuesday, March 01, 2016

green pencil marking off a checklist

When renting a new apartment, it can be hard to resist just moving right in and getting the unpacking and decorating started. However, it’s very important to conduct a documented inspection on various elements of the apartment before getting comfy! A majority of the time, if there are any issues, your landlord is responsible for having them taken care of. But, if you don’t find these issues and let him or her in on it before you move in, there may be no way to prove the issues were there before you were.

Here are 8 important areas that need to be checked thoroughly:

  • Doors: Make sure all doors close properly, and that their knobs and hinges are in working order.
  • Windows: Check for drafts, inspect screens, make sure locks are secure, and that the windows open and close properly.
  • Walls: Check all walls for potential damage.
  • Electricity: Make sure all of the electrical outlets are in working order and have covers. Try testing them out with a phone charger.
  • Heating/AC: Make sure that your HVAC system is working properly. Test the thermostat and make sure it is in working condition.
  • Floors: Check to make sure all flooring has no signs of damage. Check for loose tiles or signs of damage/stains to the wall to wall carpeting.
  • Security & Safety: You should always check to see what type of security measures there are to make the apartment safe, such as bolted locks on the door. Additionally, check that other safety components do not need to be replaced, such as fire extinguishers and smoke/carbon monoxide detectors.

Keep a notepad and pen handy to record any issues that you may find. Checking these items before moving in is just one way to keep the overall experience pleasant!

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