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Make the Most of Your Pre-Move-in Walkthrough

Berwyn Woman with a Move-In Inspection ChecklistMoving into a new Berwyn rental house can be such a delightful experience. During this period, you should also consider protecting 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. Even if a walkthrough inspection isn’t required, you should still perform one on your own. It’s best to keep a few tips and tricks in mind before you go through with your pre-move-in walkthrough.

Get Personal

An in-person walkthrough offers you the chance to be able to inspect the property yourself. A helpful landlord may say that they have inspected the property for you, but you still need to check everything yourself. While the majority of landlords aren’t purposely 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

Maximizing your pre-move-in walkthrough means inspecting each part of your rental home carefully. Be meticulous with the details by using a checklist. Unfortunately, not all landlords will offer you a checklist. You can, however, use checklists and guides found online. A checklist will allow you to keep your walkthrough focused and thorough so that you don’t miss anything. Also, when you move out, the checklist can be used for comparison.

Document Everything

A checklist is an important first step in documenting your walkthrough. Nevertheless, 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. Using your checklist, write down lots of notes on details you don’t want to overlook. It’s wise to list down condition issues, locations, and other details pertinent to the property.

Most landlords won’t try to charge you to replace an entire kitchen floor for one damaged spot in the linoleum, but some might. What you can also do is, as you inspect the property, to take a lot of pictures. When you do, take different pictures — wide, close-up, etc. Don’t forget to stash them somewhere safe.

Report Maintenance Issues

Once you’ve completed your walkthrough and documentation, be sure to report any maintenance issues you discovered right away. Don’t forget to tell your landlord even the smaller details like broken toilet seats or blinds, leaky faucets, and non-functioning light switches or outlets. These are details that your landlord needs to know about immediately. To make sure that you have proof of the reported issues, place these concerns in writing, and then send it to your landlord. This is how you protect yourself from unjust accusations, as well as protect your security deposit for when you leave.

Making the most of your pre-move-in walkthrough may require a few things of you. But it’s worth it. You can be guaranteed that your security deposit will be honored in full by thoroughly documenting your rental home’s pre-move-in condition.

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