Are you in the market for a rental property? Whether you’re looking for a condo, a single-family home, a townhouse, or an apartment, there are certain things you should look for when checking out a property. After all, you’re evaluating the property – and the landlord – as much as they are evaluating you. We’ve seen it all as professional Alabama rental managers. Here are five things to check when touring a property. Check Your Water As you make your way through the property, check the water. You want to check the water pressure by turning on faucets, flushing the toilet, etc. You also want to check the water cleanliness – make sure it isn’t brown or murky. Check the Appliances Appliances break every now and then, but a good landlord stays on top of it. Make sure the appliances work. Test them to ensure they are in good working order and that there aren’t any issues that need attention. Check the Windows Check your windows to ensure that they’re in one piece, are in good working order, and aren’t allowing air into the home in the form of drafts. Drafty windows (and doors, for that matter) can increase your utility bill if you are responsible for it, and can make a home uncomfortable. Check the Electrical Do a thorough check of the electrical system. You don’t have to pop open a circuit panel or anything, but check the lights and make sure they work. Test a few electrical sockets, too. Check the Home’s Security Finally, test the security. Make sure all of the locks work properly. Are there deadbolts for extra security? Check and see if there is an alarm system, too. You may not need nor want one, but it’s good to note if you have one or not. Also check for scuffs, scrapes, and scratches in the paint throughout the home. You’ll need to make sure you spot any blemishes or damage before you sign a lease anyway, to make sure that you’re not dinged for the damage when you leave the home. A home should be in good condition when it is shown to you. Anything less suggests that you are about to rent from a landlord that doesn’t show the proper amount of care for his or her properties. Contact gkhouses for Alabama rental managers that you can trust!
Matthew is the CEO of Evernest. He is a student of the book Good to Great and is passionate about building the best property management company on the planet (and maybe even the universe if Elon Musk will hurry up). You can usually find Matthew at the baseball field with his son, at a dance recital with his daughter, or at his favorite restaurant with his wife, when he’s not in the office. And if you can’t find him in any of those places, it probably means he’s traveling.