Renter’s Cheat Sheets: An “Is This Place Cool?” Checklist
__ Turn on all light switches to see if they do, indeed, produce light
__ Check each power outlet (use a small appliance like a hairdryer or waffle iron)
__ Turn on the sink and bathtub faucets (check for leaks or slow/plugged drains)
__ Flush toilet, check for leaks
__ Look for smoke detectors and fire extinguishers
__ Check ceiling and walls for cracks and water stains
__ Check the locking mechanisms on doors
__ Check the locks on all the windows
__ How well sealed are the windows? (Will you pay a ton for heat/air?)
__ Inspect furnace and/or air conditioner: Are they well-maintained?
__ Check hot water: Is it the proper temperature?
__ Check for exit lights
__ Is the exterior of the building well-lit and well-maintained?