Originally Posted On: Apartment Inspection: 15 Important Things to Check Before Moving In – DeCoSee
Around 40 million Americans move homes each year whether it’s to a fixer-upper or a new apartment in a new city.
Moving into a new home is exciting from packing your belongings to finding the perfect place for them to go. But aside from that, you must have an apartment inspection to ensure it’s in tip-top condition.
Always skip this process? Luckily, you can change that. We’ve compiled a list of 15 things to check during your apartment inspection. Read on to find out more.1. Check the Cell Phone Reception
During your apartment audit, check whether there’s cell phone reception. We rely on our devices for work, communicating with friends, and tracking daily tasks so test the signal in different areas of the property. You should also ask whether they offer Wi-Fi as it’s often included in the utilities.2. Evaluate the Power Outlets
Aside from a mold inspection, check that the power outlets work and they’re in the right positioning. Bring along a charger or a small device so you can check them all work. You should also test the lights throughout the apartment and check they all function properly.
And to be safe, look out for burns around outlets or cracks in the covers. If you notice this, along with a burning smell, ask to see somewhere else.3. Check the Walls
Check for foundational problems and look out for cracks or signs of water damage in the walls. If there are mall holes from hanging pictures then tell your landlord so you don’t get penalized. You should also consider the paint job and ensure there are no cracks or chipping in the paint.4. Make Sure It Is Pest-Free
Ask to see copies of the latest pest control treatments in the apartment because the last thing you want is a pest infestation. You should also look inside and on cabinets to see if there are any droppings or other signs of unwanted intruders. Note if there are any problems then it should be stated in the lease.5. Note the Parking Lot at Different Times
If you live in an apartment complex, you’ll likely have a giant parking lot. Make sure you have assigned parking and check the rules around if someone takes your space.
Don’t have assigned parking? Then visit the apartment at rush hour so you can see how hectic leaving or arriving at your new home will be.6. Test the Smoke Detectors
Test the smoke detectors and make sure there’s one in each bedroom, by the front door, and in the kitchen. Ask the landlord when the batteries were last replaced and how old each device is. Note that you must replace smoke detectors every 10 years.7. Check the Thermostat
The apartment’s heating and cooling system will determine how comfortable you are. Check the temperature displayed on the thermostat aligns and is consistent throughout the property. You should also check the water heater and A/C unit to ensure they’re running smoothly.8. Consider the Flooring
Examine the floor and carpet to see if there are any stains or holes. You should also tug at the edges to see how easily it peels off. And don’t forget to look for nails that may not have been installed properly as they’re a safety risk.9. Evaluate the Bathroom
When untended, bathrooms can be riddled with problems. Check that the toilet works when you flush it, test all faucets, and see if the water heats up quickly. If there’s a bathtub, then stand in it and see if it’s sturdy otherwise it may signify damaged flooring.10. Check Exterior Windows and Doors
Test the locks on the exterior windows and doors to ensure your household is safe. You must also check for cracks so there isn’t any air leakage. For your front door, make sure you can properly use the peephole as it’s a key part of your home’s security.11. Evaluate the Kitchen
Look over the main appliances like the refrigerator, sink, and cabinets. Make sure the oven heats up quickly (if electric), the counters are in good condition, and there are no signs of water damage. If you’ve got a dishwasher then make sure it doesn’t emit any strange odors and isn’t leaking.12. Double-Check the House Is Spotless
Take note of the overall cleanliness of the apartment. The carpet must be pristine, with no dust on the shelves or stains on the furniture (e.g. mattress). If there is, talk with the landlord and they should get it professionally deep-cleaned for you.13. Look For Safety Items
Check that there’s a new fire extinguisher and that it’s easy to access. You should also look for a first aid kit, a water hose, and rails (if necessary). A bonus is if there’s outdoor lighting as it helps deter thieves.14. Test the Water Pressure
Aside from hot water, the water pressure must be perfect. Use your shower to test the pressure to make sure it’s not too hard or gentle. If there’s an issue, then tell your landlord and they’ll have it fixed before moving day.15. Visit at Night
The apartment may look calm and inviting during the day but this may not be the case at night. Although you won’t be able to sleep over before signing the lease, see how the apartment and neighborhood are after hours. Check that there’s sufficient lighting around the parking lot and the duplex to ensure it’s safe.That’s How to Have an Apartment Inspection
Hopefully, after reading this article, you now know how to have an apartment inspection.
It’s wise to check the cell phone reception, HVAC system, and that the property is pest-free. You should also consider safety items like an unused fire extinguisher, smoke detectors, and a clear peephole to keep your family safe. Good luck!
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