You’ve found the desirable apartment in a suitable area, also met the formalities and now is the time to go for an inspection of the space with the landlord. This walk around is essential to make note of any damages in the apartment before you move in.
It might seem to be a time sinking process but it is really important to consider at then, for letting you tension free at the time of lease termination.
Some important items that should be checked in advance are:
Over time, floors in the apartment may get damaged. Moving furniture, running throughout, dirt from outside etc. can all be the reason of dents and scratches at the place.
Wooden floor: Floors from hardwood should be checked for dullness and scratches. Old buildings are more likely to have worn-out floors.
Tile / Linoleum: Look for the broken or chipped tiles and linoleum. Also find if the squares are discolored or stained.
Carpets: Look for any stains, tears or holes in the carpet.
People make holes with nails on walls to hang over a piece of decoration over it; this can cause damage to the property.
Paint may get peeled off or discolored with time and daily activities. These things should be timely reported to the landlord and one may demand repainting before moving in to the place.
Other marks may also involve like: scuff marks, everything that put marks when rubbed against the wall. It can be bicycle marks or sketches made by kids on walls etc.
Anything can get out of whack. Even the fixtures like lights, taps, knobs, showers etc. have the potential of blowing-out with time. Given are some tricks to check the fixtures:
Faucets: Turn them on off and use both hot and cold water. Also check knobs if they are in working condition or not.
Toilet: Jot down the issue if toilet is running long after it is flushed or there is some leakage. Make sure that all water is going down.
Drawers and cabinets: If while pulling or opening them, they fall out or stick anywhere, then get it into the notice of the owner as it will make this sure to him that this issue is not your fault.
Lights: Ask for the new bulbs if the present ones are burnt out.
Appliances include oven, stove, refrigerator and dishwasher. They all must be in working order. Make sure to check leakages in gas line and turning each appliance to investigate their functioning.
Other things includes following:
Windows: Examine if the windows are sealing and locking properly or not. Additionally check for any cracks and damages.
Locks: Working of locks and keys should be tested. The most secure ones are deadbolt locks, so each door to the apartment should have one.
The ideal case is always to inspect the place along with your landlord but if he or she is not doing it with you then conduct it yourself by taking pictures, making detailed notes and getting it signed off by the landlord. Plus if you bring these issues before moving in, your landlord might get time to fix them up.
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