Top 7 Things to Look for in an Apartment Inspection

Top 7 Things to Look for in an Apartment Inspection

When looking for a new place to live, it’s important to do a thorough inspection – but what should you be looking for? It can be hard to know what to look for when inspecting an apartment. There are so many things that can go wrong, and it’s easy to miss something if you’re unfamiliar with the property.

When you are hunting apartment, thoroughly inspect the property before signing any lease agreements. From checking the windows and doors to ensure that the wiring is up to code, this checklist will help ensure that you don’t miss anything important.

We’ve put together a list of the seven most important things to look for during an apartment inspection. So, here we go!

What is an Apartment Inspection?

An apartment inspection is an inspection of a rented apartment, usually by the landlord or their agent, to determine whether the tenant has breached the terms of the lease agreement. The inspection may also be carried out to check the state of repair of the property and its furnishings.

Importance of Apartment Inspection

Apartment inspection is important because:

  • It helps to ensure that the property is maintained in good condition and that any repairs or maintenance required are carried out on time.
  • It also helps to protect the landlord from potential legal liability if the tenant has caused damage to the property.

What Should be Included in an Apartment Inspection?

An apartment inspection should include a check of all rooms, common areas, and any other areas under the tenant’s control. The landlord or their agent should take note of any damages or repairs that are needed. They should also check for signs of pests or infestation and ensure that all appliances are in good working order.

Outside of Apartment

  • Gutters (if they need to be cleaned, the date of the last cleaning)
  • Foundation issues
  • Roof Damage signs
  • Deck, patio, or balcony
  • Garage (doors functioning properly)
  • The grounds (if you are responsible for the lawn, is it well maintained)

Inside of Apartment

  • Walls and ceiling
  • Flooring (wear of carpet, stains, scratches to the wood floor)
  • Doors and locks
  • Windows (not cracked or broken)
  • Furniture (if it is a furnished rental, signs of wear, rips, or tears)
  • Lighting and electrical fixtures
  • Heating and cooling systems
  • Filters
  • Pest treatments applied
  • Smoke detector batteries (replaced or date changed)
  • Fire extinguishers (fully functional and available)
  • Appliances (condition of refrigerator, stove, dishwasher)
  • Cabinets and countertops (dings, dents, scratches, broken hinges)
  • Plumbing (any leaks, issues)

7 Top Things to Look in Apartment Inspection

Now that we’ve gone over what apartment inspection is and why it’s important let’s get into the nitty-gritty of what you should look for during your inspection.

1. Check for any Damage to the Walls, Ceilings, or Floors

The floor is frequently the first thing you notice in an apartment. Make sure the carpets are clean and free of snags or tears when you move in. Make sure that the carpeting is completely installed throughout the space and that no portions are missing. The carpets should not be soiled or have an unpleasant odor.

Before you move in, go over every wall with a fine-tooth comb. The first and most important thing to check is that the paint isn’t chipped and it’s consistent throughout the apartment. Make sure there aren’t any stains on the walls. Also, be sure the paint isn’t made of dangerous materials. If your walls are made of wood paneling, double-check there aren’t any loose or rotten boards.

Check that the floors have been swept and mopped in kitchens and bathrooms. Tiles should not be missing, scraped, scuffed, or popping out. When inspecting an apartment, it’s important to look for any damage to the walls or ceilings. This can include everything from cracks in the walls to water damage to the ceiling.

2. Check the Windows and Doors for Security

One of the most important things to look for in an apartment is its security. Start by checking all the windows and doors to see if they’re locked. All windows should have locks, and door locks should be sturdy. It’s also a good idea to check the window screens to see if they’re in good condition. You don’t want to move into an apartment only to find out that the window screens are full of holes.

Let’s take a closer look at all of the apartments’ doors. They should all be tight and fit appropriately in the frame. The doorknobs and locks should not cause any difficulties. Check to see whether any paint is missing or misaligned, as well as whether you have two sets of keys to the apartment – there should be a standard lock on the front door and a deadbolt that you can secure from within.

3. Look for Signs of Mold or Water Damage

Mold and water damage are two of the most common problems in apartments. They can cause a variety of health problems, so it’s important to look for any signs of them during your inspection.

Mold often appears as small black or green spots on walls, ceilings, or floors. It can also have a musty smell. If you see any mold, be sure to have it removed before you move in. Water damage is often easier to spot, as it usually causes stains on walls or ceilings. These stains may be brown, yellow, or white. If you see any water damage, ensure it has been properly repaired before moving in.

4. Inspect the Appliances for Functionality

Now let’s move on to the appliances. The first thing you should do is check to see if they’re all included in the rental agreement. Once you’ve confirmed that, it’s time to start testing them out. Check to see if the oven turns on and heats up correctly. Make sure the range doesn’t have any loose coils. Test out the microwave by heating up a cup of water for one minute – it should be hot to the touch.

Refrigerators should be cold to the touch, and the freezer should be icy. If possible, open up the fridge and see if there’s an ice maker and water dispenser. Test them out to see if they’re working properly. The fridge should be clean on the inside and free of any mold or mildew.

In the bathroom, check to see if the shower turns on and gets hot quickly. Make sure there’s plenty of water pressure. Test the bathtub faucets to see if they get hot quickly as well. Inspect the toilet to make sure it flushes properly.

5. Look for Signs of Pests or Insects

The most annoying thing you want to find in your new apartment is evidence of pests or insects. Unfortunately, this is something that happens more often than you might think. The best way to avoid moving into an apartment with pests is to do a thorough inspection before signing the lease.

Start by looking for droppings in the cabinets and under the sink. Check to see if there are any Cobwebs in the corners of the rooms. Be on the lookout for ants, roaches, or other insects. Look for holes in the walls or floors that could be used as entry points for pests. If you see any evidence of pests, be sure to bring it up with the owner before signing the lease.

6. Check the Lighting  and Electrical Outlets

Next, let’s take a look at the lighting and electrical outlets. Start by checking all the light fixtures to see if they’re in good condition. Be sure to test each light switch to make sure it turns the lights on and off.

Now, take a look at the electrical outlets. There should be one in every room, and they should all be working properly. If you have any appliances that need to be plugged in, test them out to make sure they work with the outlets.

7. Check for Safety Hazards

The last thing you need to do is check for any safety hazards in the apartment. Start by checking the smoke detectors to see if they’re working properly. Then, please take a look at the electrical outlets and make sure they’re not overloaded.

Check the condition of the stairs and railings to make sure they’re safe to use. In the kitchen, make sure there’s a fire extinguisher and that it’s not expired. Take a look at the furnace and water heater to make sure they’re in good working condition.

By following these tips, you can be sure that you’re moving into a safe and comfortable apartment.


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