Moving into a new Rigby rental house can be an exciting time. But definitely, it is also the perfect opportunity to do one of the most important things you can do to protect your security deposit: a pre-move-in walkthrough inspection. Even supposing some landlords will provide you with a list of things to examine in your rental home before you move in, others may not. Even if they don’t require it, you should still perform a walkthrough inspection on your own. If you really wish to take full advantage of your pre-move-in walkthrough, it’s crucial to keep a few key practices in mind.
Nothing would ever substitute for an in-person walkthrough. A nice and helpful landlord may say that they have inspected the property for you, but you still need to check everything yourself. Conceding that most landlords aren’t deliberately trying to trick you, you still may detect maintenance or other issues that got left out of the report. If you fail to check each part of your rental property carefully, you could indeed wind up paying for repairing something that was broken before you moved in.
Use a Checklist
Optimizing your pre-move-in walkthrough means inspecting each part of your rental home carefully. To make sure that you haven’t forgotten anything, use a checklist. Some landlords will provide a checklist for you; others may not. If yours doesn’t, there are plenty of checklists and guides you might download online. Using a checklist is very important for the reason that it will ensure your walkthrough is targeted and will easily help you remember so you don’t disregard anything. Plus, you can use your checklist for comparison after you move out.
A checklist is an important first step in documenting your walkthrough. But taking full advantage of your pre-move-in inspection means going a little beyond merely checking off things. To fully protect your security deposit from undeserved repair charges, you need to carefully and thoroughly document each aspect of the property’s condition before you move in. Take several notes, either on the checklist itself or on a separate page. It can be useful to help you make a note of condition issues, locations, and so on, no matter how small.
Yes, most landlords won’t try to charge you to replace an entire kitchen floor for one damaged spot in the linoleum, but some might. One other perfect and easy method is to take pictures of the property as you carefully go through it. Bear in mind to take various close-up and wider shots, and to keep your photos in a safe area.
Report Maintenance Issues
When you’ve fulfilled your walkthrough and documentation, see to it to report any maintenance issues you discovered quickly. Broken toilet seats or blinds, leaky faucets, and non-functioning light switches or outlets may seem like no big deal, but if things are broken or not working before you move in, you need to tell your landlord about them immediately. If actually possible, send your landlord something in writing to ensure that you have proof of the declared problems. This will not only protect you from unjust accusations but will also protect your security deposit by the time you move on and transfer.
Maximizing your pre-move-in walkthrough does take a little more effort. But it’s worth it. Nothing can ensure you get all of your security deposit back like doing whatever you can to document your rental home’s pre-move-in condition thoroughly.
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