Floors, walls, and ceilings
When viewing a rental property, pay close attention to the condition of the floors, walls, and ceilings. Besides determining whether or not a rental property is up to your standard of living, damage to these areas may indicate that the landlord has neglected their responsibilities
First, check the flooring for any signs of damage, such as cracks or stains, and ensure it’s level and stable. Look for any signs of moisture or water damage, as this can indicate a more significant problem, such as leaks in the roof.
Also, pay attention to the types of flooring, as certain materials are more durable than others. For example, tiled floors are more resistant to water damage than hardwood floors. Living in a place with durable materials will protect your interests as a renter
because you’re less likely to cause accidental damage and lose your security deposit
Next, inspect the walls for any cracks or holes. It’s quite normal for the walls to have a few small holes from a previous tenant. However, cracks in the walls could point to structural issues and be a sign to stay away.
Also, don’t forget to look up at the ceiling for any signs of leaks, stains, or cracks. This is particularly important in areas such as the kitchen or bathroom, where water damage may be more common.