A handy checklist for renters

When you’re searching for your next dream rental, there are a few details to consider before entering into a lease or tenancy agreement. Sure, the countertops may be granite and you might have an awesome view, but in order to live comfortably in your next apartment, there are a few other factors to check.

Having a checklist on hand is good practice when you’re hunting for your next rentals. Your rental checklist should include your personal must-haves (eg. insuite laundry, underground parking, hardwood floors) plus these essentials:


  • Do all locks, hinges and handles on all doors and windows work properly?
  • Do the smoke detectors work properly? Is there a carbon monoxide alarm?
  • Is there any sign of past break-ins?
  • Is there any sign of rodents like mice?
  • Is there mold on any windows or in the shower?


  • Is there heating in the unit? Does it work well? Will it be expensive?
  • Is there a hot water tank in the unit? Is it big enough for your needs?
  • Are there enough closets to store your belongings? Is there a storage unit outside of your apartment?
  • Is there a dedicated parking space for your vehicle? Will your vehicle fit? Is the parking secure?
  • Is there a yard or common space? How is it maintained?

Appliances & Electronics

  • Do the fridge, stove, dishwasher, microwave, washing machine and in-sink garbage disposal work properly?
  • Do the toilets and faucets all work properly?
  • Do all light switches work? Any burnt out lightbulbs?
  • Are there plenty of electrical sockets around the apartment?
  • Is the TV hookup in a convenient location?
  • Will you be able to conveniently access the internet modum in case it needs to be reset?

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Born on the Prairies, Erin Cardone grew up knowing there was more to life than canola fields and AAA Alberta Angus. So she escaped, living in Europe and Australia, white-knuckling it through plates of calf brains and raw horse meat, and learning languages she can't remember anymore. After a stint as a jaded, skeptical journalist, she changed tack and began writing rather awesome blogs and showing businesses that advertising is dead, so long live social media, with her businesses Legendary Social Media. She now splits her time between various Canadian cities, Costa Rica and wherever else the wind blows.

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