Look under sinks and inside cabinets to check for damage, endure all fittings, such as electricity wires, lighting fixtures, railings and switches are in working order. Use a flashlight to check corners behind appliance and under the stairs to rule out damage or infestation.
Call your own electricians, plumbers and surveyors to inspect the property (with your landlord’s permission). They will give you their unbiased opinion about the state of the property.
Ask for alterations:
Ask your landlord to undertake any minor repair work or alterations, including rickety wood work, uneven surfaces, leaky taps, as well as additional security features such as extra bolts, locks, a spy hole at the door and the grills.
Visit the property at different times:
This will give you an idea about the traffic flow, noise levels and general ambiance.
Chat with potential neighbours and watchmen to find out more about the property – such as the availability of electricity, water and security.
Get pictorial evidence:
Take pictures of the various rooms to record the state of the property. This will serve as proof and will come in handy later, especially when you vacate the property.
By Uzma Nawaz