When you’re in the position of looking for a rental property it can be very daunting. There are many things to consider, and it helps to go into it all prepared. Taking some time out at the start of your search will stand you in good stead in the long run, and put you ahead of the other renters looking for their ideal property. Here’s our guide of 10 things that should be on your rental property inspection checklist for first timers and experienced renters alike:
1. Start with the property itself
Here are some things to look out for:
- How many bedrooms?
- How many bathrooms? Is there an ensuite?
- What are the room sizes? Will they fit your furniture?
- What utilities/furniture is included?
- Does the property have enough privacy? Blinds?
- What are the laundry facilities that are available? (You may not want to share a laundry with others!)
2. Consider the condition of the property
You don’t want to move in and have to lodge a maintenance request! Here are some areas to consider:
- How old is the property?
- Has it been newly renovated?
- What previous maintenance has the property required?
- Are there any signs of mould/damp?
- Do the built-ins or cupboards have a damp smell?
- Is the property well ventilated with exhaust fans or the alike?
- Does the property receive natural sunlight?
3. Measure your furniture
Now you will most likely have furniture you’ll want to move in with you. You’ll want to get an idea of how your furniture will fit into the new property. So measure your furniture! When you inspect the property take a measuring tape to measure each room to get an idea of how your furniture will fit.
The kitchen is a very important part of a property. Here are some things you’ll want to keep an eye out for:
- Look at fridge space. Is there enough room for your fridge?
- Does the property have new or old appliances?
- How much bench space is there?
- How much cupboard space is available?
- Do the appliances run on gas or electricity?
- Does it have a dishwasher?
- What about a microwave?
5. Amenities Available
Amenities are an important element to a property, especially for apartments. Here are some amenities you’ll want to keep an eye on:
- Does the property offer air conditioning?
- What light fixtures are available?
- Does the property have carpet, tiles, floorboards or lino?
- Are gas outlets available?
- What about connections for your television, internet, phone and Foxtel?
- What storage is available?
6. The pets policy
Don’t forget about your little furry friend! You’ll want to know the policy on pets. Are pets allowed at all? What pet facilities are available to you?
7. Don’t forget about safety!
Safety and security is essential when looking for a rental property! Here are some things you’ll want to tick off your list:
- Door locks & screens
- Window locks & screens
- Smoke detectors
- Alarm systems
- Emergency exits
- Fire extinguishers
8. What about your car?
If you have a car you’ll most likely want adequate parking available not only for you, but visitors as well, along with a parking spot or garage. Are you comfortable with the property only having street parking? It’s definitely something to consider!
9. Consider the neighbourhood!
You’ll want to consider the neighbourhood itself. Is it a safe neighbourhood? What about flood and fire hazards? Is the property at risk?
10. Proximity to important facilities
Last, but definitely not least is the distance the property is from important facilities such as:
- Shopping centres, banks and cafes
- Post office
With a little preparation your rental property inspection will be smooth sailing and you’ll find your dream property in no time. Still having trouble finding a rental property? Read our tips on finding a rental property that’s perfect for you or view our properties for rent.