It is said that the mind is as good as the house one dwells in, simply, well-kept home results in a serene mind. And this is exactly what the apartment inspection is about. Read on to know more on how to pass apartment inspection.
If you are all set to move into a bigger apartment with better facilities and are waiting for the apartment inspection, it sure can be worrisome, the result of the inspection will decide if you get your deposit back and if yes, then how much!
The same goes for people with small kids and pets at home and expecting the annual apartment inspection.
How To Pass Apartment Inspection?
To understand how to pass apartment inspection, the important step would be to go through your lease contract once again. The reason is that your lease contract would cover most of the conditions regarding the maintenance of the apartment that the landlord expects from you.
You could also step in your landlords’ show and imagine what would be those things you would look for during an inspection, be it the landlord or an inspecting agency, there are few things that are going to be on their checklist and we will help you tackle them with ease.
While we can’t be sure whether house walls can hear, but we are certain that they speak! And speak a language loud and clear to your landlord. So in case you are packing off to leave, take a walk around your house, check for any pencil or crayon marks, check every corner carefully.
Next mark those points and also the nail holes, these are not a pleasant sight either. Use tape to mark each hole and the scribbles.
Now to clean them, most walls are wash-proof and therefore to clean the pencil marks you can use either your toothpaste or a solution of baking soda and water, this will effectively clean the wall.
While crayons are waxy and won’t be easy wash with the toothpaste. You can use a hair-dryer to heat the wax; once they are heated you could wipe them clean with the baking soda mix.
For filling the nail holes; use spackling paste from any hardware store, fill the paste inside the hole gently, smooth them out and let it dry. Once dry use sandpaper to grind the surface smooth.
If there are carpets on the floor in the drawing-room hall and in the bedroom, without a doubt they are the favorite rolling and fighting space for your kids and the pets. Or in case of bachelors expect the carpets to stink of cigarettes smoke and the stains from last house party to make their presence felt.
Get a steam cleaning done for the carpets; make them free from the furs and stains. Dry them in sun for a short while and then deodorize them with a good powder.
Any stains on the precious tiles of landlord or scratches on his favorite hardwood floor are going to make him red. Make sure that while packing and moving out the stuff, you pick them up and not drag them.
Also keep any strong industrial cleaner, paint or adhesive away from the flooring as it will be a tougher job to clean them.
Use the mop and clean off the floor, switch on the lights if the room is not bright enough, inspect the floor area carefully for any scratches’ and stains, you can use the same technique of wall cleaner for this purpose. Avoid any strong floor cleaner.
If there were already some appliances in the apartment when you moved in such as washing machine, fridge, fan, AC. Make sure that you clean them thoroughly if any appliance has been damaged by you or has been repaired by you, it is wise to be honest with the landlord or the inspecting agency.
Let them know what services you have availed if any spare parts are replaced. Show the proof of communication you had with the maintenance services.
Ensure that the windows actually open. On any other day, a closed window is not good for the health, it’s important you have at least one window that can open in each room that gets you a fresh breeze. However, on the inspection, this closed window can come as a red mark.
See that the glass of the window is not chipped or broken. The window panes should be in working condition.
The windows should open and shut without any noise, if so then use some wax or grease. Clean any molds from the window frame as well. Check the blinds they should be in working condition as well. Also, clean them if their dirty or stained.
The electric switches, sockets and light fixtures are expected to be in good condition. Also, check the apartment heating and air-conditioning system. Any loose connections, dangling wires are not decent. Also live wire around leaky areas is a safety risk.
This is the most important part of the inspection, broken or dirty and stained sanitary wares are not just indecent and inconsiderate, and it can also forfeit a large chunk of your deposit.
To clean them may be a daunting task, but clean it you must, there is no choice. To make your task easier, we have some cleaning tips at hand.
An equal mixture of vinegar and water is a good solution to clean the bathroom walls and glass door of the soap scum. Alternatively, baking soda and vinegar mix can help you clean off thicker stains comfortably.
The above points are the crucial areas of inspection, but watch out for some broken pots, the condition of the lawn and garage. Well kept lawn and de-cluttered garage are appealing during the inspection.
These were some important tips when it comes to how to pass apartment inspection. Post-inspection the landlord may decide to charge you a cleaning or damage fee despite the efforts. Stay calm and ask for specific reasons where you have fallen short.
If you have some genuine reasons for the same, then reason calmly. If not, then do not simply escalate the matter as it is better to remain cordial now that you are finally moving out. But ask for a written and signed document detailing the damage.
In case you can get the damages repaired at a lesser cost than ask him to allow you to get the damages rectified that are mentioned in the list.