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How to Inspect a Property

Before signing a lease, thoroughly inspect the entire property. Below is a checklist to guide your inspection.

  • Create a checklist with your landlord.
  • Turn on all faucets/showerheads to make sure the hot/cold water works.
  • Flush all toilets to ensure they work properly.
  • Open windows to check the condition of their hardware and to make sure they aren't painted shut.
  • Bedroom windows should be large enough to escape through in case of a fire.
  • Make sure that all windows have locks in proper working condition.
  • Confirm there is a minimum of one smoke alarm per floor.
  • Inspect the walls, floors and carpet for moisture damage or mold.
  • Check the thermostat and make sure the heat and air conditioning work properly.
  • Make sure all exterior doors have appropriate and functioning locks.
  • Make sure there is a sufficient amount of outdoor lighting for your safety.
  • Check all appliances to make sure they work.
  • Check the basement for water or openings to the outside.
  • Talk to the current tenants to see if they have had any problems or issues with the property.