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Inspect Your New Houston Apartment

Make sure you carefully review your apartment inspection checklist as soon as you move into your new Houston apartment. The apartment inspection form or document should list any pre-existing problems. The apartment inspection form will give you a chance to get problems fixed before you are completely settled in. If possible, you should create your own apartment inspection checklist before moving any of your belongings in.

  • Get a pad of paper or notebook and a pen or pencil.
  • Inspect all the walls and ceilings: make a note of any dents, holes or cracks in the plaster; scuff marks that don't rub off; and tears, bubbles or peeling wallpaper.
  • Inspect all the floors: make a note of stains or discoloration in carpets; tears in linoleum; cracked or chipped tiles; and dents, scuffs or stains on hardwood floors.
  • Inspect all trim (including moldings, door and window sills and door and window frames) for stains, cracks, leaks or other problems.
  • Inspect all electrical outlets and lights to make sure they are functioning; pay close attention to any 2- or 3-way light switches and dimmers.
  • In the bathroom(s): make sure all faucets (hot and cold) work without leaking; inspect for chips or scratches in fixtures and tile; inspect walls around the tub for 'sponginess'; and check counter tops for dents, scratches, or stains.
  • In the kitchen: make sure all faucets (hot and cold) work without leaking; inspect for chips or scratches in fixtures and tile; inspect counter tops for dents, scratches, or stains; and make sure all appliances work and are clean.
  • Make sure all exterior doors and windows work, seal properly, and have functioning locks; be especially alert to evidence of water infiltration.
  • If you have a deck, balcony or patio with your Houston apartment, inspect it for chipped flagstone, warped or cracked boards, or problems with exterior siding.
  • If you have a storage area, make sure it is cleaned out and that the locks are secure.
  • Check all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • If your apartment manager gave you an apartment inspection sheet, complete it noting all problems, no matter how small; if he didn't, write a formal letter noting the problems you found when entering your new Houston Apartment for the first time.
  • Request that your apartment manager repair any problems you want taken care of as soon as possible.

Tips
Keep copies of all correspondence with you’re apartment manager.

Videotaping your walkthrough your new apartment will provide a visual accompaniment to your written notes to the apartment manager.

Have a friend help -- four eyes are better than two.

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