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What to look for when inspecting a new apartment

Moving into a new apartment can be a big commitment and potential residents need to be sure they’re making the right decision. In many cases, it can be incredibly difficult to know whether an apartment is right for you and a lot of the decision comes down to whether the property feels instinctively right.

However, there are a number of checks you can make in order to ensure there aren’t serious drawbacks that may ruin your occupancy.

So if you’re heading down to Fenn Wright estate agents in Essex this week, make a list of what you need to check for and ensure any property you inspect meets these criteria.

1. Bathrooms

When it comes to bathrooms, you want to make sure that the water from the shower runs properly and that it runs both hot and cold. Try and find out how long it takes for the water to heat up if it needs to as this will make a big difference if you find yourself rushing in the mornings.

Finally, make sure that there is no evidence of mould and that the room is as clean as it should be.

2. Locks

You don’t want to have to replace any locks when you move in, so make sure everything is secure when you have a look round. The condition of the locks will also be a good indication as to how seriously the landlord takes the safety of their tenants.

3. Floors

With floors, it’s simply a case of making sure that there are no scrapes or nasty marks and that they’re not damaged in any other way. Make sure the carpets are clean and that there are no unusual smells or indications of damp.

4. Pests

This is probably one of the most important things to search for, as pests can ruin your experience of an apartment, prove expensive to dispose of and contaminate your own possessions. Keep an eye out for any sign, including droppings, eggs and dead critters, and explore cracks and crevices properly.

5. Windows

Finally, make sure all the windows open and close properly but that there aren’t any drafts coming in through gaps in the frames. Windows that won’t open are a safety hazard, so make sure you’ll be able to get them open if needs be.

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