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5 Things to Check Before Moving into a Rented Home

Double check these items before moving into your new home

Photography: Paolo Feliciano

Aside from making sure that you're moving into a safe neighborhood, you also need to check items such as lights, faucets, and even electrical outlets. After all, these will make your home life comfortable and safe. Be guided by the short list below:

Windows and doors

Check if you can open the doors and windows without exerting extra effort to push or pull. Examine if the doors are properly aligned and if the hinges have working screws.


Before you officially move in, make sure that all of the outlets are working so that you can easily plug your appliances. If an outlet is not working, advise your landlord as soon as possible. You also need to be cautious about using extension cords as it can lead to overheating and electric short-circuit.

READ: 8 Safety Guidelines for Extension Cords


Are all light switches working without flickering? Are all switchplates installed and properly aligned? These are just some of the items that you need to check. As much as possible, opt for LED lights to help lower your monthly electricity bill.

Faucets and drains

Check for leaks or dripping at the kitchen or bathroom by turning it on and off.

Electric system

Ask help from a professional to see if there's a possibility of overheating and overloading. You also need to check if your circuit breaker is in tip-top shape.

READ: 4 Common Electrical Concerns at Home

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