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 may 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.
Here is 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. Originally published on November 2, 2012.
New apartment? A walkthrough with the landlord can help you identify any needed repairs or other issues before you move in.
Be sure to take photos and notes so you can refer back to them later.
Safety check! Where are the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors? Do they work?
What about the locks? If there’s a security system, make sure it’s functioning properly.
Are the outlets, doors and windows OK? A phone charger can help you test the power outlets.
Also open and close all doors and windows to see if they function smoothly.
Make sure the bathroom is in good condition. How’s the water pressure? Are the sink and tub draining properly?
For the kitchen, let’s make sure the oven turns on, the stove gets hot and the refrigerator is cold. Don’t forget to turn off the stove and oven before you leave.
Any problems in the bedroom or living room? Keep an eye out for stains, chipped paint or damaged carpet.
After the walkthrough, follow up with an email to your landlord outlining any issues he or she agreed to address.
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