Viewing a Property: Checklist

Viewing a Property: Checklist – Students with Families

Running through this checklist will give you a reasonably thorough survey of any house you are thinking of renting:

1).Gas and Electricity

  • Is the heating in the house adequate (imagine whether it will be adequate in the middle of winter)?
  • Do the electric/gas fires work? Does the cooker work?
  • If the cooker is a gas cooker, does the thermostat work?
  • Have you asked to see a copy of a Gas Safe Register safety record for the gas appliances?
  • Have you asked to see the Electrical Periodic Safety report?

2). Plumbing

  • Does the plumbing work?
  • Have you tried all the taps?
  • Do the sinks drain?
  • Does the toilet flush or leak?
  • Is there any hot water and how do you pay for it?
  • Are there any signs of pests (mouse droppings, slug trails, fleas) in the house?

3). Security

  • Is the property secure?
  • Is there a burglar alarm that works?
  • Are all the external doors solid?
  • Have all external doors been fitted with a five-lever mortise lock?
  • Do all ground floor windows have security catches?
  • Are the ground floor bedroom curtains lined or thick enough?

4). Furniture

  • Has the house got enough furniture for the number of propsed occupants?
  • Is there sufficient space in the kitchen to store and prepare food stuff?
  • Is any of the existing furniture the property of existing tenants?
  • Is all the furniture in good condition?
  • Is the furniture fire retardant?

5). Appliances

  • What is provided with the house?
  • Are there instructions on how to use the appliances? 
  • Are the appliances in good working order?

6). Insurance

  • Do you wish to be insured? Would insurance be included for you by the landlord or agent?

7). Services

  • What services is the owner providing for you, if any? Window cleaning, gardening, lighting of common parts, dustbin and refuse disposal?

8). Money

  • What are you paying for in your rent (is anything included?) How does it compare to other rents? Will you need to pay a deposit deposit? If so what is it for?
  • Are you or the owner responsible for water charges?
  • How much will heating the house cost? (Normally you can check the Energy Performance Certificate to find out more about how much the bills should be over the course of a one year tenancy).

9). Agreements

  • Do you know what your contract you'll need to sign if you take the property?
  • Have you talked to the previous occupants of the house and asked them if they have any comments that would help you?
  • Have you been given a copy of the contract to read?
  • Are you jointly liable with the other tenants (if applicable)?
  • Which Redress Scheme is your landlord/agent a member of? They must be a member of one by law - for more info on your Right of Redress click here

10). Suitability for Children

  • Is there adequate space in the property for children to play?
  • Is there any outside play space? Is it contained?
  • Is the property safe for your children?
  • Will the landlord provide any family-friendly add-ons, eg stairgates, high chair, child-proof opener clips for cupboards, corner protectors.
  • If not, will the landlord agree to install, or to you installing, stairgates etc?
  • If you want to use a cot or child-size bed in a bedroom, will the landlord agree to put any unwanted beds as provided in storage?
  • Is there appropriate study space away from family activity?
  • How close by are important services such as schools, nurseries, general medical practices, parks, playgrounds and, if you have a faith, appropriate places of worship – and how do these fit your needs?

11). Property Owner

12). Outside the Property

  • Does the roof look okay? (You can check for damp from the inside of the house too).
  • Have the gutters got plants growing out of them?
  • Are the drains clear?
  • Is any of the woodwork rotting or does it appear unsafe?

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