This article originally appeared on the Springs "You're Home Blog."
As you might recall from our last post, one of the last things you need to do before you can move into your new apartment is go through a move-in inspection with a member of the leasing team. This involves carefully combing through your apartment and searching for things like loose hinges, cracked outlet covers, and even minor stains that were caused by the former resident. Although we do our best to prepare your apartment when they leave, we don’t always catch everything, so the inspection helps us make sure everything in the apartment is in working order, and protects you from charges when you move out for damages that were there when you moved in. Seems simple enough, right?
We know you’re excited to get your stuff moved in and your apartment arranged just the way you want it, but it is really important to slow down and take this seriously. That’s why Springs Apartments is offering these bits of advice:
1. Conduct the Move-In Inspection With A Springs Team Member
Though some places might allow (or even prefer) you to do an inspection on your own, always try and do it with a Springs team member. We usually prefer to send our Maintenance Supervisor to meet you. Not only do you get an extra set of eyes to help point out any damages, but they were also involved in getting the apartment ready for you.
2. Don’t Get Overwhelmed
When you’re first handed the inspection checklist, most residents’ initial reactions are something along the lines of, “I didn’t know there were this many things that could get damaged in an apartment!” Even though the list will include all of the smaller items in your apartment (e.g. outlet covers, light switches, sink faucets, etc.), it won’t take long to check each one and sign your initials (or make a note of the damage).
A Step That Helps Protect You
After going through the apartment search process, we understand that the last thing you want to do is more work. And although the approach to the inspection you might want to take is to take a quick lap around your apartment, say everything looks good, and hand in the checklist, you’ll really be kicking yourself if you do find problems later on. You know that chipped door frame you failed to mention? That could cost you a lot to replace. If you’re considering cutting corners on your inspection, remember that the inspection and checklist are designed to protect you from unwarranted charges.
3. Don’t Be Shy About Taking Pictures
You know what they say, “a picture is worth a thousand words”. Usually the move-out process is smooth and amicable but occasionally we have disagreements about the apartment’s condition at the end of your lease. We do this all the time, so we are in the habit of documenting everything. You should, too.
Have a question for one of our leasing team members about the inspection process and checklist? Ask it in the comment section below or fill out our online contact form!