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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 check list 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.