Renting an apartment is a decision that you should not take lightly. There are many areas that you should consider, apart from the overlook of the apartment. Here are some areas for inspection before finalizing your decision.
Security – Look at how your broker or landlord unlocks the doors when you visit the apartment for your inspection. You should look for secure locks and if the buzzer entry system is working. If you are renting in a large apartment building, look for security cameras in the lobby and hallways.
Cleanliness – Look at the overall cleanliness of the apartment building and for signs of neglect like peeling paint, mold, and trash.
Elevator – If your apartment has an elevator, you should look for the inspection sticker and for the elevator certificate, which should be on display in the elevator. If these are not available, ask your broker or landlord for written proof.
Water pressure – To check your apartments water pressure, turns on the taps, shower and flush the toilet.
Heat and A/C – Ask for confirmation that these appliances are working and that they have written maintenance details.
Major appliances – If your apartment comes with a refrigerator, stove, or any other major appliances, check if they are working, clean and in good condition.
Laundry – Some apartments will have shared laundry facilities, take a look at this area and the cost involved.
Noise – Inspect the apartment at a busy time of day, so that you will be able to experience the noise levels.