Spending your hard earned money to rent an apartment is a decision that should be taken after careful considerations and inspections. Don’t be moved by beautiful finishing and décor. Taking the time to make a few maintenance checks can make the difference between enjoying your stay in that particular Facility or counting the days eagerly till your tenancy expires!
Here are 5 major signs to look out for during a property inspection.
- Faulty Wiring
Look out for wiring connections that look like they were quickly added or look like they do not flow with the general décor of the rest of the building. There could be an underlying electrical fault the owner is trying to cover up. This is most common in older building.
- Sagging Roofs and Ceilings
It may sound strange or out of place, but insist you want to see the roof area. Usually you may need to enter a confined space or climb stairs or ladders to get access to the roof. If you are unable to do this yourself, get someone you trust to accompany you and inspect it. Missing or torn patches of felting and missing flashings are a potential leakage problem. If not repaired, rainwater will seep through and wet the ceilings below and cause sagging. From the inside of the house, check for circular colored spots of water and rippled ceiling sheets. These are signs of roof leakage.
- Poor drainage
Poorly laid internal and external drainage can have you regretting you moved into a property in a matter of days!
Check that water drains away from the structure and its perimeter fence. A good rule of thumb in Nigeria is to always inspect properties for rent during the rainy season.
- Plumbing Issues
The most common issues with plumbing includes leaks and outdated or poorly matched installations. A typical example is using PVC pipes to run hot water lines. Some minor plumbing issues can always be attended to but major ones will require total system replacement. Also check for water marks and stains, and corrosion marks around bath tubs and showers.
- Poorly Maintained Premises
Check the general state of maintenance of the premises. Many times the façade and common areas look good but you may find shocking signs of poor maintenance in hidden areas. Overflowing garbage, unkempt gardens and dirty light fittings are just a few pointers to a generally poor maintenance culture.
When it comes to renting, a little caution can save you a lot of headache and trouble.