If you are planning to rent a flat or house, it’s imperative that you check it as thoroughly as possible – but you probably already knew that. But the big question is, what should you check for, and what should you inspect? Even if you aren’t buying a property and are merely looking for a place to rent, you could well be spending the foreseeable future in that home, and you should make sure that it has everything you need and expect. Of course, it’s important that you have a connection with the property, but you should also consider the more practical aspects, including the local neighbourhood and area and its amenities. So how can you properly inspect a prospective home or flat for rent? Let’s find out.
- The property’s exterior
When you first arrive at the property, take a look at its exterior. The outside can say as much about the inside of the property, after all. First off, is the exterior in good condition? Next, check the property’s security. Does the area look secure, and do the external doors and windows have a good locking system? Does the property have a burglar alarm and an entry telephone system? If the property has a garden, who is responsible for maintaining it? You should also take a look at the local community or neighbourhood. Are there transport links nearby, and is the property accessible from the main roads? What nearby amenities are there? You should also check for any potential red flags, such as noisy traffic, a nearby club or nightclub, flash flooding, and the like.
- The property’s interior
When it comes to the property’s interior, there are many things you should watch out for as well, as Clifftons, the experts in flats to rent in Bournemouth, will tell you. For instance, check the walls and ceilings for signs of leaks, flaking wallpaper or paint, damp, and infestation. Do you notice if there are any required repairs, and if so, will the landlord be taking care of these before you move in? If there is furniture, check if it is broken or unsafe or has any signs of damage. Check the radiators and see if they are working properly and check the taps for hot water and strong water pressure. You should also inspect if the property is free from draughts and is well-insulated (double glazing is recommended).
Once you are in the kitchen, check if the dishwasher and washing machine work, and if the kitchen’s work surfaces and cupboards are in good condition. Check other kitchen equipment as well. In the bedroom, is there enough space for your things? Also, is there adequate heating? Check all the bathroom taps and the shower to see if they are also working properly. You should also inspect the drains and see if they are draining well and if the toilet flushes correctly.
Some other general aspects to check include signs of dodgy or loose wiring and faulty lights and plugs. Make it a point to check the electrical points and see if there are enough and if they are in the right locations for your requirements.
- Other considerations
Of course, it’s essential to consider your budget and how much you can afford to pay. Ask what is included in the rental fee and if there are any extra charges. Confirm the amount of deposit you need to pay and ask the landlord about the estimated operational costs of the property as well.