When you’re about to move into an apartment, there are several important areas to check to make sure the potential living space is up to par. Use the list below as a checklist to do an inspection prior to moving in.
- Kitchen: In the kitchen, you’ll want to check all included appliances and make sure they are all in working order.
- Doors: Make sure all doors close and open properly and that there are no loose hinges. Check for any holes or marks in the door that could be an issue. Door knobs are an easy fix, but just make sure they work correctly and don’t need to be replaced.
- Bathrooms: Be sure to test the water pressure in the faucet and the shower, and make sure the toilet flushes properly.
- Safety: There are a few different things to cover here. Check to make sure there are smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and test them to make sure they work. Additionally, see if there are fire extinguishers or if you need to provide your own. Also, see what kind of security measures are taken. Are there bolts/chain locks for the door? Do the windows close and lock securely? Is there an on-site security system?
- AC/Heating System: First, find out if the living space has heat and/or AC installed. At the very least, there should be heat, as AC can always be added with a unit. Next, check the thermostat and make sure they work properly by showing an accurate reading of the room’s temperature and being able to blow hot/cold air.
- Light Switches/Electricity: Test all of the light switches to make sure they work properly. Next, move on to the outlets. Plug in something, such as your phone charger or an electricity tester, to make sure all outlets work correctly.
- Windows: Aside from being a security concern, faulty windows can also cause drafts and ventilation problems. Each room in the home should have at least one window that can open. Moreover, there should not be any broken or cracked windows, and all windows should be able to shut and lock.
- Walls and Floors: Check all of the walls and floors for potential issues.
Your Property Manager should take care of anything that needs to be fixed or otherwise attended to before you move in. Make sure to check the apartment out thoroughly in advance, and don’t be afraid to speak up if you see an issue that needs to be taken care of. It only makes sense for you to be 100% satisfied with the place you are going to live! And that is exactly how you will feel if you choose to move into an apartment at Partridge Hill!