Inspecting the Property

Although you may not feel comfortable inspecting an apartment during your visit, it’s important to remember that you will likely be living there for the 8-month school year, so check everything that you can:


____    Close to grocery store, convenience store, laundromat, bank

____    Close proximity to campus,

____    Access to bus system

____    Safe neighbourhood


____    Ample parking

____    Acceptable state of repair of the building (both outside and inside)

____    Areas are clean, grass has been mowed recently, and garbage is properly secured

____    Good appearance and upkeep of the unit (carpets clean, no pests)

____    Condition of the ceiling, walls and floors (water leaks?)

____    Checked around windows/doors for drafts

 ____   Lighting in each room (ceiling fixtures)

____    Checked all light switches

____    Checked all electrical outlets (grounded?)

____    Access to the fuse box/circuit breakers

____    Access and use of the temperature control

____    Checked faucets for both water pressure and for hot water

____    Checked under the sink for water leaks/damage

____    Appliances are in working order

____    Checked and flushed the toilet

____    Checked bathroom for leaks/damage/discoloration (mildew stains)

____    Telephone, internet, and cable available


____    Main entrance door to apartment secure with a lock/deadbolt

____    All entrances are well-lighted

____    Windows are secured and lockable

____    Fire exit(s)

____    Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors


____    The landlord is responsible for cutting grass

____    The landlord is responsible for shoveling snow

Rental Terms:

____  What is the cost of rent $_____________________/month

____  Rent includes utilities (if not what is not included_________________)

____  A lease is required

____  Subletting is allowed

A printable version of the inspection checklist can be found here.

Renter's Insurance

You can insure your belongings against loss, theft or damage at a relatively low cost. Companies that insure your car or other family property may offer discounts on a renter's insurance policy. 

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