Do I Really Have To? 3 Tips for Filling Out Your Move-In Inspection

July 29, 2014


As you might recall from our last post, one of the last steps to take before moving into your new apartment is to conduct 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 after it's vacated, the inspection helps ensure everything is in working order and protects you from preventable charges for damage when you move out. Seems simple enough, right?

We know you’re excited to move into your new apartment home, 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 Team Member

Though some communities may allow you to conduct an inspection on your own, you should always try to do it with a team member alongside. Here at Springs Apartments, we typically prefer to send our Maintenance Supervisor to meet you. The Maintenance Supervisor was involved in getting your apartment home ready for you and wil provide an extra set of eyes to help point out any damages.

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, make note of any damage and sign your initials.

A Step That Helps Protect You

Although the tempting approach to a move-in inspection 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. Taking photos of any damage will help prevent misunderstandings between you and our team at the end of your lease. Providing these photos will help us understand damages that existed prior to your move-in and will protect you from any unwarranted charges.

Thank you for considering Springs Apartments! Have a question for one of our leasing team members about the inspection process and checklist? You can contact our friendly and knowledgeable team here.

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