Signing the lease to your new home is such an exciting time. You're imagining exactly how you'll arrange your furniture. After that comes the housewarming party! But, you need to have an inspection with the landlord before you move in. It's as much a benefit to you as it is to them.
So, what can you expect?
Most landlords conduct a move-in inspection before handing off the keys. The tenant must be present during this inspection so you'll need to schedule a good time to complete this. Both the resident and the landlord will sign the move-in inspection list. It spells out the exact condition of the home before moving in. The landlord and tenant will keep a copy.
As a tenant, you may be thinking the home should be in perfect condition before you move-in. The landlord should fix everything wrong with the place. Therefore, there shouldn't be a need for an inspection.
Not the case.
The landlord will fix many things as necessary to keep his or her investment nice. However, they won't fix everything. That little smudge on the wall does not justify a whole new paint job. But, you'll want to note it on the inspection. The hole in the cabinet is worth noting but probably not fixing.
Tenants are notoriously hard on properties and landlords know that. They want a good return on their investment. Doing too much won't get them that.
However, you don't want to be charged for damage you did not do. You want your security deposit back. So, you must be present to make sure nothing is missed.
It's also a good idea to be present during the move-out inspection. The landlord will be comparing your move-in inspection to the property's condition. There are some things that'll be on their radar.
Move-in and move-out inspections are common with tenants and landlord. It's a way to protect you both from unnecessary charges. Taking your time to do this process right is worth it.
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