Seven Things to Check on a Rental Walk Through

A rental walk through ensures that a property is in good condition. If you find preexisting conditions, you can make a note of them so that your landlord can’t hold you responsible for them later.  Here are seven important things to look for: 

  1. Walls: Make sure there are no holes or dents. Check the paint or wallpaper – are there chips or peels? Check the ceiling for stains from any leaks. 
  2. Floors: Are the floors level? If the floors are hardwood, are there any scratches? Are any tiles broken, chipped or loose? If there’s carpeting, check for holes or burn marks, or for any stains.
  3. Plumbing: Check all the faucets and the shower to make sure the pipes are clear and there’s good water pressure. Watch for any leaky faucets, or clogged drains. Don’t forget to test-flush the toilet. 
  4. Lights: Do all the lights work? Are the light switches easy to reach from a doorway? Will any doors or cabinets block access to lights or light switches? 
  5. Appliances and Fixtures: Do the refrigerator, stove, and oven work? Are there cracks in the tub, or the grout around the tub edge? 
  6. Windows: Make sure the window can be securely locked. Check for cracks in the glass or poor seals around the panes.
  7. Doors: The front door should be in good condition, and should have a lock that is in working order. Make sure none of the other doors stick
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