You just found a good apartment that fits your style and price range and you’re all ready to move in. But, before you get packing those boxes and loading up the moving truck, you should do an apartment walkthrough. This is similar to a home safety checklist, except you’ll be walking through and apartment with the rental agent or your new landlord to determine if there are potential problems or current problems that need repaired before you move in.
Don’t skip this part because it is one of the most important things you should do before moving into a new apartment. Walking through your new potential apartment can help ensure that you avoid having to pay for damages you haven’t caused when it comes time for you to move out. Here is a list of common problems to look for during a walkthrough.
Check the fire extinguishers and smoke detectors to ensure they’re working properly. Although you may not find carbon monoxide detectors in the apartment, they’re still a good thing to have as a precaution. You’ll also want to check the common areas and hallways of the building for fire safety features.
Security Gates, Windows, and Screens
It should take little effort to slide the windows and the screens should have no holes in them and be in place securely. If you have security gates on your windows, ensure they open from the inside easily in case of an emergency like a fire. Make sure you get the key to locked security gates.
Heating and Air Conditioning
Turn the air conditioner and heating unit on to see if it’s working properly. Make sure the heaters are warming up all rooms in the apartment; air conditioners should be cooling them all.
Turn all the water taps on to see how hot they get and for how long. Check for backup in sinks and shower pressure.
You’ll also want to include on your apartment checklist all kitchen appliances and cabinets. If you have older appliances, make sure they operate efficiently. If you have a gas stove, do a sniff test to see if there is any odor before you light the pilot. It’s important that you report any suspected leaks. If it’s an electric stove, turn the burners on and ensure that they turn cherry-red.
Take photos of water stains on counters and cabinets. Although your landlord might not cover this type of damage, you’ll at least have it noted so your landlord doesn’t charge you for them when you decide to move out.
Read the lease. Yes, read it thoroughly; don’t just skim it. This includes the fine print. If you don’t understand something or don’t like something, bring it up to your property manager or landlord immediately before you move in.
Last, once you have decided the apartment is good enough to move in, be sure to protect your belongings with renters insurance. You never know when a disaster like the weather conditions or a burglary can happen. Your landlord is not responsible for your personal belongings, so if these unfortunate events happen, apartment renters insurance will cover the costs of replacing your treasured items.
Call us today at BOLT Insurance Agency at 1-800-216-4171 if you would like to know what renters insurance will cover for your apartment.