You’ve found a great apartment in your price range and are ready to move in. But before you pack your bags and boxes and load up the moving truck, you’ll want to do an apartment walkthrough. Essentially, it’s like running through a home safety checklist; you walk through the apartment with your landlord or rental agent and determine if there are any issues that need fixing before you move in.
This is one of the most important steps in the moving process. An apartment walkthrough will ensure that you avoid any fees for damages (that you didn’t cause) when you move out; if it isn’t initiated for you, make sure to request one.
Read on for a list of common problems to look for during a walkthrough.
The first step to a successful walkthrough is to make sure you come prepared. Bring a camera to take pictures of any problematic areas, and make sure you have a notepad and pen handy to take notes. Also, bring a tape measure and size up the doorways to ensure your furniture will fit through them.
Once you and your landlord have completed the apartment walkthrough, clarify the terms of the security deposit, schedule any repairs, and make sure to sign a document detailing the agreed-upon condition of the property.This guest post was provided by Apartment Guide, a leader in apartment search listings and moving, decorating and green living content. Whether you’re living, looking or moving, Apartment Guide will help point you in the right direction.