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Why Every Renter Should Know About Move-In Inspections

February 18, 2021

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Why Every Renter Should Know About Move-In Inspections

As a renter, when it is time for you to vacate the house, you want to document the state of the property so that you are not liable for pre-existing losses. So, consider inviting the homeowner or property manager to take part in the inspection with you. There's no need to be secretive about property inspection. Every homeowner wants to protect their properties as much as you want to protect yourself from being accused of damaging their house.

No matter which checklist you use, make sure that the following 4 areas are covered.

Previous Damages

Maybe the previous occupant didn't leave the property in good condition, and the homeowner didn't repair it to your taste.  Note down and inform the homeowner of these pre-existing conditions. You want to make sure that you are not going to pay for this damage. Check for paint chips, moving debris left behind, broken glass, door locks, and so on. 

Appliance Malfunctions

Repairing broken appliances is not your responsibility as a new resident. Thoroughly check every appliance, along with every electrical outlet and switch. Don't be shy about operating a washing machine, a dishwasher, turning on an oven vent, and the stove.  Don't miss the exhaust fan in the bathroom. If you see any appliance, make sure they're working. If you find something that is not in working order, bring this to the homeowner's attention right away to determine how things are going to be fixed. Don't promise to pay for any repairs!

Maintenance Issues

Maintenance is just what keeps the apartment from looking fine to looking messy. You want it to be inspected and documented: even if you think you're not bothered by a squeaky door or scratched floor, and you can live with them, note down anyway. Keep in mind, you do not want to be blamed for others' bad habits. So check that the bathroom flushes, whether every window opens easily and every door closes easily. Check the wardrobe lights.  When it comes to move-in inspection, no item is too small or unimportant. You want it fixed if you see it now.

Health & Safety

Make sure that the smoke detectors are tested. Inspect the locks on the door and window. Check your building's access also. Ask for information on lead paint and other harmful materials that could have been used in construction, such as asbestos. The better you know, the less likely you are to pay for damages on the lane. When it comes to disclosing particular details to tenants at the time they move in, any homeowner needs to obey all federal, state, and local landlord-tenant rules. Make sure this information is obtained by you.

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