10 Things to Check Before Signing A Lease

Renting a house or a condo?

I have come to the conclusion, from my experiences, that due diligence should be taken prior to signing a lease to make for a smooth move.

Just as potential home owners conduct home inspections, potential renters should conduct an inspection of the property they are going to rent to ensure they are getting what they are paying for.

Let’s face it, moving can be stressful.  Imagine moving in to a home or condo and then finding issues once you have moved in.  As a result, this will lead to more stress.

The home owner may be unaware of any issues unless it is brought up to them.

Here are 10 things you should inspect with the home owner before you sign on the dotted line:

1. Plumbing: Believe it or not, hot and cold water lines can get crossed and toilets could not be working properly.
  • Flush those toilets
  • Turn on the faucets and showers to check if the water is hot and cold where it should be and gets warm
  • Run the dishwasher and washing machine

2. Furnace

Check the filter and make sure it doesn’t look like it has been neglected.

3. Ducts and walls

Check for signs of dust and debris. Often times this part is missed after a renovation and can cause breathing issues for you and your family.

4. Central vacuum

Check it and make sure it works. If you see tape all over the hose it’s usually a sign that it’s in poor working condition or doesn’t work at all.

5. Electrical outlets

Check to see if they have power and make sure no outlet covers are missing. Exposed outlets are dangerous for little children.

6. Fireplaces

Turn the gas or electric fireplace on to make sure it is in working order.

7. Windows and doors

Open and close the windows and doors to make sure they close and lock properly. This goes for interior doors too.

8. Appliances

If the fridge has a water filter, check that the filter is in good order and turn the stove on to make sure all elements work.

9. Lights

Turn on all lights to ensure the fixtures and switches are in working order.

10. Driveway and garage

Think about parking/garage and make sure your vehicle is easily accessible.





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