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Make the Most of Your Pre-Move-in Walkthrough

Goose Creek Woman with a Move-In Inspection ChecklistRelocating to a new Goose Creek rental house can be an inspiring experience. However, it’s also the best chance 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. Required or not, opt to perform a walkthrough inspection. Here are a few pre-move-in walkthrough tips to ensure that you make the most out of it.

Get Personal

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 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. Using a checklist is a wise thing to do so that you don’t miss out on anything. Fortunately, some landlords will provide you with a checklist. Fortunately, the internet is a great place to look for checklists and guides that you can use for yourself. Don’t miss anything — use a checklist so that your walkthrough is focused. 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. 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. Whether it’s on the checklist or not, make lots of notes. 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. Another approach is to take pictures as you go. 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 protects you from unjust accusations, as well as protects your security deposit after you leave.

Making the most of your pre-move-in walkthrough requires a bit of a process. But it’s worth it. Thoroughly documenting your rental home’s pre-move-in condition guarantees the value of your security deposit.

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