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.