Moving into a new Pompano Beach rental house can be very memorable. And, it could also be the perfect opportunity to protect your security deposit: a pre-move-in walkthrough inspection. While some landlords will provide you with a list of things to check around your rental home before you move in, others may not. Whether or not it’s required, a walkthrough inspection is something you should do on your own. Here are a few pre-move-in walkthrough tips to ensure that you make the most out of it.
An in-person walkthrough is the best way to see the real deal for yourself. A helpful landlord may say that they have inspected the property for you, but you still need to check everything yourself. While a lot of landlords aren’t intentionally trying to trick you, you still may uncover maintenance or other issues that got left out of the report. If you don’t check each part of your rental property carefully, you could wind up paying for repairing something that was broken before you moved in.
Use a Checklist
Capitalizing on your pre-move-in walkthrough means inspecting each part of your rental home carefully. Use a checklist, just to be sure you’re thorough. Not all landlords will give you a checklist, though. You can always choose to download checklists and guides online. To ensure you don’t miss anything, use a checklist to keep your walkthrough focused. Aside from that, a checklist allows for comparisons when you move out.
A checklist is an important first step in documenting your walkthrough. On the other hand, making the most of your pre-move-in inspection means going a little bit beyond simply checking off items. 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. Don’t hesitate to write down lots of notes using your checklist or another piece of paper. It helps to jot down condition issues, locations, etc. No detail is too small.
Most landlords won’t try to charge you to replace an entire kitchen floor for one damaged spot in the linoleum, but some might. Something that you can also do is to take pictures of the property. When you do, take shots that are close-up and wide, and keep them in a safe place.
Report Maintenance Issues
Once you’ve completed your walkthrough and documentation, be sure to report any maintenance issues you discovered right away. Broken toilet seats or blinds, leaky faucets, and non-functioning light switches or outlets — tell your landlord about these small details before you make any decision to move in. Put these concerns in writing as proof of the reported issues, and then send it to your landlord. This proof will serve as protection from unjust accusations, and protection for your security deposit after you leave.
Making the most of your pre-move-in walkthrough takes some thought and effort. But it’s worth it. If you want the full amount of your security deposit to be returned should anything happen, thoroughly documenting your rental home’s pre-move-in condition guarantees that.
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