You’ve located a fantastic apartment that fits your budget and are ready to move in. However, before you pack your belongings and load the moving truck, you should do an apartment tour. It’s similar to going through a home safety checklist; you go through the apartment with your landlord or rental agency to see if there are any concerns that need to be addressed before you move in.
Before you move into an apartment, there are a few things you should look at.
Make sure you have smoke alarms and fire extinguishers. Look for fire safety measures in the hallways and other parts of the structure.
Are the bars on your apartment windows authorized safety gates that don’t need a key? Make sure that each room has an operable window that may be used to escape. Find out what the building’s fire escape plan is and make sure you know where to go in case of a fire.
Doors and windows
Check that all locks and door knobs are secure and not shaky, and that keys for each lock will be provided.
Make sure all of the windows and doors open and shut correctly.
Are the window treatments in good condition? Make a note of any screens that are missing. This is also an excellent time to look at any drafts.
Make sure nothing is moist or leaking around the toilets or beneath and around each sink.
Check that all faucets are turned off and that all sink stops are working.
Look for any missing grout or tiles in the tub and sinks.
Turn on the shower to check the water pressure and temperature of the hot water. It’s critical to determine if you share a hot water heater or have your own. (This may have an impact on the kind of shower you get in the morning!)
Appliances are tested to ensure that they are in good working order.
Test each burner and the oven/broiler on the stove.
Check the refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, air conditioning and heating system, as well as the washer and dryer.
If the laundry facilities are located in a communal area, make sure they are clean, well-lit, and only available to residents.
It’s a good idea to carry a small gadget with you to test outlets, such as a radio or a clock.
Check that all of the wall switches are working correctly by turning them on and off.
Situations in general
Examine the ceilings for any signs of water damage, as well as the walls for peeling paint or wallpaper.
Look for indications of rodents or insects, such as droppings and gnaw marks, in closets, sinks, and other places.