During the exhausting process of moving into an apartment, completing an inspection is probably the furthest thing from your mind. But since you paid a pretty huge amount of money to your landlord in the form of a security deposit, you may want to make an inspection a priority.
The inspection you do when you move in helps to ease disputes over the security deposit when you move out. It’s a record of anything that’s broken or in poor condition when you move in.
Documenting and keeping an organized file of your move-in inspection can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be with Deposit Defender.
Today, we go over a few things you should look for when conducting your move-in inspection, and we show you how Deposit Defender makes the process a breeze.
Who Benefits From a Move-In Inspection?
Both landlords and tenants benefit from move-in inspections. They help landlords keep up with the property’s condition from the beginning and the end of the lease period. Tenants benefit because there is no confusion over the damage.
For example, if your landlord notices a hole in the wall during the move-out inspection, they may assume you are responsible. However, a move-in record might prove that the hole was there before you moved in.
Deposit Defender is a useful resource for both tenants and landlords who want to avoid misunderstandings about the security deposit.
The Inspection Checklist
There are quite a few apartment checkpoints you should hit. Here’s a list of the basic elements you shouldn’t miss:
Walls and Ceilings
Take a close look at the condition of the walls and ceilings. Keep an eye out for chipped paint, cracks, mold, stains, and signs of water damage.
If the apartment has carpet, check for tears, snags, or other signs of damage. For wood flooring, look for scratches and water damage. And for tile, keep an eye out for grout and mold.
Unless you’re moving into a new unit, the floors will have a bit of wear and tear. But it’s best to have documentation of the floor’s current state when you move in.
Cabinets are often missed areas to inspect. Be sure to note what condition the cabinets are in. Are the cabinet doors securely on the hinges? Are they easy to open and close? Also, keep an eye out for rodent droppings or bugs.
What else should you look for? Deposit Defender curates an inspection list specifically for your apartment. So, you don’t have to worry about missing a key area to inspect.
Documenting your inspection with photos is crucial. This serves as proof of your inspection. When you save photos to your phone’s gallery, they can get unorganized and lost in the shuffle.
However, with Deposit Defender, all of the photos from your inspection are all in one organized place. Also, there is no limit on the number of photos you can store.
After you complete the move-in inspection, Deposit Defender creates a date-stamped inspection report. You can print this file and save it for your personal records. You can also send a copy to your landlord.
Try Deposit Defender
Deposit Defender makes conducting a move-in inspection a snap. It organizes all of your photos and provides a comprehensive report of your inspection.
Ready to try it for yourself? Download Deposit Defender today!