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Move In Inspection: Walking the Suite

So you found a great rental place, but you notice some things that you didn't see before after walking your suite? Well, if the property management company or landlord didn't supply you with a move-in inspection sheet, then note your findings and/or video your new place before moving-in or soon after.

Take the time to go to each room and list the flaws that you see. There are many people in the property management industry who will simply put "ok" down the inspection sheet for everything they see; rather than being specific. What about those markings on the kitchen floor, the chipped paint on the wall in the master bedroom, a removed outlet cover in the bathroom, a cracked glass window in the hall, or stains in the carpet in every room prior to move-in? Don't ignore them, write them up. Ms. Sally or Mr. John, the leasing consultants, may not be working in the office any longer once you are ready to move-out, so you don't want to take their word that you won't be charged for anything once you move -out.

Note general wear and tear such as the worn areas of the carpet and markings on doors and walls. The "ok" on the inspection sheet is suppose to cover that, but be specific anyway. There may also be leaky pipes, cosmetic defects on the appliances, and signs of mold and mildew, don't attempt to fix anything or remove anything without noting your findings and asking permission first. If for some reason you make matters worse, you will be responsible for any damages.

Whenever possible, try to arrange for someone from the office to walk the suite with you. Also, as mentioned earlier, take video and/or photographs of problem areas both inside and outside your apartment, town-home, or house.

Nicholl McGuire

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