Moving into a new apartment can both be exciting and daunting due to the amount of tasks you have to finish in order to move in. Whether this is your first time moving into a new apartment or not, inspecting your space of damages is typically one of the first things that you do upon signing your lease.
Most apartment buildings will give you an inspection sheet to fill out and mark down any damages and problems that you have found before you move your belongings in. Taking the time to thoroughly go through your new apartment will benefit you in the long-run because it will increase the likelihood of getting your deposit back in full.
Nowadays, in this digital world where we can take pictures and videos of everything, it has become increasingly more common for renters to take photos of their apartment and the kind of shape it is in so they will not have any discrepancies in getting their deposit back.
In this article, we will cover all of the items in each room you will want to inspect and take photos of when you are moving into your new apartment.
Apartment kitchens are where most of the wear and tear can be visible. Since the kitchen is usually a high-traffic area, it is more likely that you will find damages amongst the most used surfaces and appliances.
When taking pictures of your kitchen, make sure you are looking for any visible and functional damage in the following areas:
Stove / Oven
- Burners that may have physical damage and/or are not working properly
- Any lights that should function
- Knobs to turn on the burners
- Oven doors should open and close properly
- Oven temperature
- Check for cracks & dents
- Make sure there are no stains
- Look for any chips in the surface
- Check for dents
- Check the water flow
- Make sure the faucet is not missing any parts
- Test the garbage disposal function
- Cracks in any of the plastic
- Non-removable stains
- Check the temperature to make sure they are functioning properly
- Look for any missing drawers/shelves
- Test functions and make sure it operates properly
- Look for non-removable stains
- See if there are any missing pieces
- Any other exterior visible damage
In addition to taking pictures, if you notice any damage or issues in your kitchen, it’s important to report them to your landlord as soon as possible. They may need to be repaired or replaced before you use any appliances.
Living areas are also another high-trafficked place where damage may be found. These areas make take more time to inspect as they often tend to be large areas in your living room and bedroom.
When taking pictures in your living areas, make sure you are looking for any visible and functional damage in the following areas:
- Look for non-removable stains
- Examine all areas for cracks
- Missing sections
- Look for visible cracks, dents, or holes in the walls
- Check the corners of the walls for any cracks or peeling paint
- Inspect the walls for any discoloration or stains, which could indicate water damage
- Check the ceiling for any cracks, water stains, or other damage
Windows / Screens
- Inspect the window frames for any cracks or visible damage
- Check the window panes for any cracks or broken glass
- Make sure the window opens and closes smoothly
- Check the window seals to make sure they are in good condition and not damaged
- Check the window locks to make sure they are functioning properly
- Inspect the window screens for any holes or tears
Carpets / Floors
- Inspect the carpet for any visible stains, holes, or tears
- Check the edges of the carpet for any fraying or unraveling
- Inspect hardwood or laminate floors for any scratches, dents, or other damage
- Check the condition of any tile floors and make sure there are no missing or broken tiles
- Look for any water damage or warping on wood or tile floors
- Check the condition of the closet doors and make sure they are functioning properly
- Check the shelves and hanging rods in the closet for any damage or instability
- Inspect the walls and floors of the closets for any visible damage, such as cracks, holes, or water stains
- Inspect the baseboards and trim in the closet for any damage or signs of wear
- Inspect the light switch cover for any visible damage, such as cracks or chips
- Check the switch itself for any visible damage, such as burn marks or loose wire
- Test the switch by turning the lights on and off to make sure it is functioning properly
- Test the locks by turning the key in the locks to make sure they are functioning properly
- Inspect the lock itself for any visible damage, such as scratches or dents
In addition to taking pictures, if you notice anything broken or not functioning in your living area, it’s important to report them to your landlord as soon as possible. They may be able to get them repaired or replaced before you fully move in.
In the bathroom of your apartment, it is not only important to make sure that it is free from damage but also that all water-flowing functions work properly.
When taking pictures of your bathroom, make sure you are looking for any visible and functional damage in the following areas:
- Inspect the shower for any visible damage, such as cracks or chips in the tiles or a damaged showerhead
- If applicable, check the condition of the shower doors and make sure they are functioning properly
- Test the water pressure to make sure it is sufficient
- Check the temperature control to make sure it is functioning properly
- Check the drain to make sure it is functioning properly and that water is not standing in the shower
Countertops / Sink
- Inspect the countertop for any visible damage, such as cracks, chips, or stains
- Test the faucets to make sure they are functioning properly
- Check the condition of the sink and make sure it is properly attached to the countertop
- Check the backsplash and make sure it is properly attached to the wall and not damaged.
- Check for any water damage or warping on the countertop
- Inspect the toilet for any visible damage, such as cracks or chips in the porcelain
- Check the condition of the seat and make sure it is properly attached to the toilet
- Test the flushing mechanism to make sure it is functioning properly
- Check the water supply line to make sure it is not leaking
- Check the condition of the toilet base and make sure it is stable
Tile / Floor
- Check the condition of any tiles and make sure they are not loose or missing
- Inspect the floor for any visible damage, such as cracks, chips, or stains
- Check for any water damage or warping on the floor
- Test the stability of the floor by walking on it and making sure it feels solid
If anything is broken, damaged, or not functioning properly in your bathroom, bring it up to your landlord as soon as possible. They may be able to fix any issues that you found before you move your belongings in.
Although there are many tasks that need to be done when moving into a new apartment, making sure you don’t have to pay for any damages you didn’t do should be a top priority. With this list, you should be able to thoroughly go through all areas of your apartment making sure all repairs get reported and fixed if possible.
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