If you are searching for an apartment, a condo or home to rent, you might find it useful to use a checklist while viewing units.
I combed a bunch of apartment hunting sites like Zillow, All State, and Apartment Guide.com to find out what to look for when viewing condos. Then I combined the information into a Google form.
The form starts with basic info regarding the unit. Since I am only using it on second viewings, I didn’t include basic info such as rental price or square feet.
For each part of the condo, I created a heading, a list of items I wanted to evaluate, and a general comments section. The radio buttons made the form really quick to complete.
For the kitchen, I had an overall condition section, and a section for each major appliance.
When I was ready to start using it, I sent myself the link to the live form. I clicked that link on my phone, and I was all set. For the first time ever, I didn’t forgot to check on something while doing the second walk through. We now have all of the information we need to enable our realtor to create the Letter of Intent.
When I returned home, I was able to view the information in the form. I could also save them to a spreadsheet, but that is more difficult to view.
If you want a copy of that you can use and tailor to meet your needs, start with this template. It is essential that you make a copy and save it to your own Google Drive. I’ve included directions in the template to help you do that. If you don’t follow them, chaos will ensue. (You have been warned.) You can delete the directions after you follow them.
[UPDATE: Use this link
to the template. It will force you to make a copy.]
My checklist is tailored to condos here in Singapore. If I were using this back home in Minnesota, I’d add additional items, such as heating, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, radon testing results, etc. You are welcome to tailor your own copy to best meet your needs.
I’d love to hear how it works for you. Good home hunting!