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|You have found
an apartment you like and you are eager to move in this lovely
place. Hold on! Before you sign the lease with the landlord,
some inspection is necessary and it might save you a lot of
trouble. If you have already signed the lease, it will still be
helpful to carefully inspect the apartment if you haven't done
it yet. In case you find any problem, you should let the
landlord know and get the problems fixed.
Below is a checklist for apartment inspection.
1. Check the entrance: Does the door seal properly? Does the lock work?
2. Check the floors: Any stain or stuff on hardwood floor? Are the carpets
3. Check the ceilings and walls: Any dents, cracks or holes? Is the
wallpaper in good condition? Paint on the wall in good shape?
4. Check electricity and lights: All lights working? Electrical outlets
functioning? Air conditioner working well? Ceiling fan working
well? Phone jack in each room? Is there a cable TV connection?
5. Check the kitchen: faucets leaking? Water pressure good? All appliances
working and clean? Refrigerator looking good and not making too
much noise? Dishwasher working fine? Gas/electric stove working
fine? Microwave functioning?
6. Check the bathroom: Faucets leaking? Hot water from the shower? Toilet
Water pressure good?
7. Check safety: Windows in good condition and safe? Intercom working? Locks
on all doors working? Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
functioning? Lead hazards?
If you have found problems with the apartment, write them down and show it
to the landlord (keep a copy for yourself). Make sure the
problems get fixed before you move in.
About the author:
Brian Walker is a freelance writer who has written many self-help
articles. Check out more apartment living guide at
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