The First Things You Should Check On Moving Into A New Apartment
Whether it’s a holiday apartment or something a little more permanent, you should always make sure that you’re not getting the short end of a stick on any rental space that you move into. Preferably, all of your checks would be done before you move in, but you don’t always have that luxury. For that reason, here are the five first things you should check on moving into any new apartment.
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With the landlord’s permission, the first thing to do on moving into a new apartment is to get the locks changed. This, of course, only really applies if you’re staying there in the long term. Aside from getting a locksmith out to the pad, however, you should also check the windows to make sure that they are stable and secure.
Do the waterworks work?
It’s all too easy for any plumbing issues to fly under the radar until they become too obvious to ignore. Test all of the faucets, the drains, and the general plumbing in the home to make sure they work well. Check your water pressure, too, making sure that you can run a shower without any issues. If not, get the plumber out. The sooner, the better, too, as the potential water damage can get dangerous if plumbing problems go unfixed.
Don’t get shocked
When it comes to your electronics, you shouldn’t be messing around with fuse boxes or unscrewing any plug sockets. Rather, you should make sure that the different power outlets all work by plugging in something small and replaceable (or use a wall plug outlet tester). You should check that all appliances are working as they should be, too. If not, this is most definitely on the landlord to fix. Electronics can be expensive, so don’t go out shelling, yourself.
Keep it cool (or warm)
Usually, you’re not going to rely on either your heating or air conditioning until you really need them, so it’s easy to miss issues that mighty develop with them. However, you should take a day to test them both to make sure that they’re working. If you move in during the summer, don’t be afraid to reach out for emergency AC repair if you’re finding the home simply isn’t cooling. Old, inefficient systems can start to age rapidly, leading to real discomfort.
It might not be considered as essential a utility as the others, but who among us doesn’t rely on the internet on a daily basis? You can use speed testing websites to make sure that you’re getting the kind of coverage and download and upload speeds that you need. If you’re getting less than the provider advertises for, you might want to look at some replacements you can get in. Most landlords aren’t going to have any objections to you changing your ISP, but it’s not usually their responsibility to guarantee decent internet, either.
If any of the above are not working, then it’s likely to be your landlord’s responsibility to make sure that you are accommodated for and safe. Sometimes, it can be quicker to sort it out yourself, however, if you’re willing to pay.
I remember going on a family holiday at a caravan park in Dorset, England. We didn’t realise that the boiler was faulty until we turned the hot water tap on. Luckily it was fixed in time for us to use the hot water.
Have you experienced building faults in your holiday apartment? Drop me a line or two as always.
These are all valid and essentials for visiting on a longer basis and must needs that you need to have answers for in adequate housing in the area to suit your particular needs.
We must get this right from the outset.
You are so right. These are basics for us travelers, especially wifi!
True! I can’t imagine being in an apartment with poor WiFi but it dies happen.
Great tips especially for travelers interested in longer term stays. Thanks for the suggestions. I do hope to slow travel more now that the world is opening up again.
You are welcome. I do like the idea of slow travel.
This is an excellent list of must-dos for anyone looking at moving into a new apartment. Often times, we neglect these when planning short stays, but it is vital that we do our due diligence in all circumstances.
Thanks, it it is all too easy to get caught up in the excitement and forget. We must ensure that we get value for money.