6 Essential Considerations While Inspecting Homes for Rent
From the moment we find an ideal rental home that meets our expectations and is also within our budget, we want to sign on the dotted line. There is, however, an important step that you need to take before moving into a new apartment: perform a rental inspection along with the landlord and/or property manager. Whether you are looking for homes for rent in Lake Jackson or any other part of Texas, inspecting the apartment before you move in ensures that don’t miss out on repair snags demanding attention before you move in. This blog post provides a handy 5-point checklist that will help you mark down everything that needs attention, ensuring you have a pleasant stay in your rental accommodation. Let’s begin.
1. Structural Elements
Look for scratches and/or cracks on the walls and doors, and request the property owner or manager to get them addressed, before you sign the agreement. In addition, it is essential to check whether there are any loose floorboards in any of the rooms. Structural inspection should cover the following areas:
- Interior of the building: Ceilings and floors
- Exterior of the building: Cladding, stairs, balconies and verandahs and decks
- The Roof Space: Age, Framing and Structural Built
- The Sub-Floor Space: Drainage and Structural Dampness concerns
Any anomalies in the structural elements should be brought to the attention of the landlord and/or property manager.
Use a tester to check every power outlet in the property. If there are more than a few defunct outlets, it just might be an indication of a much more serious problem. In addition, make sure the property has a proper electrical safety mechanism in place to deal with any mishaps. This includes an evacuation plan, fire alarms, dedicated fire exits, and other similar safety features, In fact, double check all the smoke alarms and ensure they are installed in every appropriate part of the property, especially kitchen, parking, and common areas.
3. HVAC System
HVAC systems are essential to regulate the indoor climate and moisture regulation along with improving the air quality of the home. Therefore, checking the HVAC system of a possible rental home should be one of the prerequisites during the inspection. Make sure that the HVAC systems are properly installed and functioning without any hiccups, and that the filters are clean. If there is any sign of trouble, get it addressed before shifting your base.
4. Bathroom Fitments
Start by inspecting pre-fitted bathroom equipment such as geysers, bathtubs, showers, and power outlets, for any functional irregularities. You also need to check whether there are any recent or past leakages in or around the sink and/or worn out pipes, by leaving the faucets open for a few minutes. You also need to check the water temperature and ensure that there is adequate pressure in all outlets, as low pressure is an indication of a possible blockage.
5. Kitchen Equipment
Kitchen is the next part of the house that deserves your consideration. Check all equipment, starting from the ovens, kitchen cabinets to the refrigerator, and other bundled appliances. It is essential to ensure all burners function seamlessly, and that there is no leakage in the property’s gas supply. If the appliances are old, take your time to check whether appliances work without any glitch. It is advisable to take pictures of water stains and damaged equipment, if any, so that you are not charged for these damages, later.
6. Safety Features
Your apartment door should meet the basic safety features such as a heavy duty latch set, lockable by hands from inside and the key from outside, along with a viewing device or peep hole. Moreover, it is imperative to gauge the entrance security in the residential property by checking for security cameras.
The Way Forward
Those were the six important aspects you need to check before moving into a rental home. Any and all issues that you notice during the inspection must be brought to the attention of the property’s owner or manager, and must be addressed before you move in. If addressing any particular concern is unfeasible, the issue must be clearly described in the lease/rental agreement. Lastly, make sure that the property you select does not fall short on any of your prerequisites, even if the compromise is translating into any reduction in rental.
If you are looking for a comprehensively-equipped rental apartment in Lake Jackson or San Angelo, Kington Properties has got you covered. Feel free to connect with one of our representatives to learn more about what we have in store for you.