Hurford Salvi Carr Checklist for:
- How does the heating/air-conditioning work;
- How do windows open? Inwards/outwards? How will this affect choice of blinds or curtains;
- How many sets of keys and fobs will I get? Aim for at least 3 full sets plus post box, windows and meter cupboards;
- Make sure all the electrical appliances work; turn them on and off;
- Will you need induction pans for the hob?
- Where is the stopcock?
- Open all doors. Check they are well fitted and do not hit any walls or scratch the floor.
- Are all cupboards and wardrobes fitted correctly? Do the doors open and close without a problem;
- Rubbish – how is it collected and when;
- Is there parking? How is it accessed?
- How will you receive the warranties and certificates for the apartment?
- Note down important phone numbers and contacts such as the block managers, contractors and service personnel.
- Will the lift have curtains for furniture deliveries;
- Does the lift have to booked through the block managers for deliveries and moving in?
- Arrange for a working phone line to be installed as soon as possible;
- Where are the meter cupboards? Take readings;
- Try out every single appliance. Don’t just read the manuals or leave them for the tenant, ask for a lesson;
- Burn the oven at the highest setting for at least 30 minutes before using;
- Set the thermostats for boilers, under floor heaters and climate control at their optimal level;
- What do the block managers require to sublet?
- Fill out all warranties with serial numbers and send away;
- If you are going to let out the apartment make sure you have the Gas safety certificate;
- Is the new address registered with Royal Mail? If not, see if the neighbour can help and ask to borrow their address temporarily to arrange deliveries;
- Redirect any mail addressed to you for the first 3 months until the flat is let. Never rely on the new tenant to pass it on.