Rental Inspection Guide for First-Time Renters

When looking for rental properties in Orange, NSW, it pays to be vigilant about the enquiry process. Apartment photos can be deceiving and only show the best parts of the place. This is why it’s important to thoroughly inspect the space before making any payments, to ensure that its condition is up to your standards. 

If you discover items that require repairs later on, you would end up paying for damages. Some landlords offer an inspection, but most don’t unless you ask them to.  Here are some of the areas you can focus on during the inspection: 

 

Check the Electricity

Make sure the electricity in your apartment is thoroughly examined. You can do this yourself by bringing a phone charger and testing it on every outlet. This is to ensure that each one is working well and there are no sparks or loose wires. Faulty outlets pose a major fire hazard so it’s best to have them dealt with immediately.

Turn the light switches on and off a couple of times too. This is to see if there are any flickering lights or dead bulbs that need replacing. Flickering lights may be caused by fault light bulbs or hint at a more complex electrical problem that needs to be addressed.

 

Inspect the Walls and Ceilings

Finally finding your perfect unit out of the long list of Orange real estate rentals can cause you to be lenient on inspections, but make sure to take a closer look at every room to spot hidden issues. Check the bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and living room for any cracks or chips in the walls and ceilings. These could provide entry ways for moisture to leak into your home and cause serious problems later on.

If you find any cracks, then there is likely an existing issue already. Check the area for any signs of mold or water damage and raise these issues to your landlord immediately. Water damage is often easy to spot, because it causes stains and bubbling. 

 

Make Sure Safety Equipments are Working

Emergencies can happen at any time, and when they do, it’s important for your property’s safety equipment to be in working order so you can be alerted. Inspect your unit’s smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector for any issues. If they appear to not be working, alert your landlord before moving in.

Williams Machin Real Estate’ seasoned Orange real estate agents can help you find the perfect unit to move into. You can be assured that we won’t direct you to a rental that has existing problems. Get in touch with our team today.

 

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