So you found the perfect apartment, now what? You pack and move in, right? Wrong. You still have to do an apartment walkthrough with the landlord. This walkthrough is your chance to assess any damages which may have occurred prior to you moving in, so you cannot be held liable. But knowing what to look for can be overwhelming. The key is to take your time during the walkthrough and follow a checklist. Our friends at Apartments Hattiesburg have created a checklist which is perfect for your next apartment walkthrough.
Checklist for Your Apartment Walkthrough
The hard part is over, you have found the perfect apartment that fits your budget and is in the location you want. Before you start packing and get that moving truck, you have one last thing to take care of: the apartment walkthrough.
The apartment walkthrough is just as it sounds, a physical walk through of your new apartment with the landlord or representative. During this walkthrough you note any and all issues that need to be fixed or addressed prior to move in.
This step is one of the most crucial because you will want to learn about anything that is broken prior to moving in, saving yourself the pain of potentially having to move all over again to a new space. You will also want to cover your interests since any damages that are found during the walkthrough are the landlord’s responsibility. Whereas after the walk through the landlord could easily turn around and say it was you, the tenant, who caused the damage.
To avoid extraneous moving and any fees for damages that you didn’t cause, make sure that you request an apartment walkthrough prior to moving in. Below we outline what to look for in our complete apartment walkthrough checklist. Oh, and make sure you bring a camera to document!
Apartment Walkthrough: General
- Walls: Check every wall for any scratches, marks, nails, holes or damage. Don’t feel like you are being overly picky either, if you see something take a picture of it and document.
- Ceilings: Pay particular attention to…