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INSPECTION CHECKLIST

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1. Check your hot water heater to make sure the pressure relief valve has appropriate drain

extension.

Verify

water

heater

earthquake

bracing.

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2. Smoke detectors – Check and double check every smoke detector. not overlooked those in stairwells.

Make sure you have

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5. Check for deteriorated floors where someone might trip. Carpeting and vinyl can be discolored, but they must be safe.

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6. Where pipes come through the wall in the kitchens and bathrooms, make sure there are no gaps around them through which bugs can crawl.

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7. Double check all screens from the inside and the outside. You can use screen patch kits for small holes. All crawl spaces and attic vents must have wire screens to keep animals out.

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8. Double check all quick-release mechanisms on those apartment windows with security bars.

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4. Check each and every circuit breaker to make sure that paint on them will not interfere with

On those including a battery back-up, write the date when the battery was last replaced on the side of the unit. If there is a bed in the living room, there must be a smoke detector in the living room! If there is no smoke detector in the living room, and the tenant claims no one sleeps there, but it looks like someone does, either get the tenant to remove the bedding

them operating and that you can read the circuit breaker rating.

It is best to scrape

off paint damage

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10. Check all outlets and switches for missing or broken plates. Replace as needed. plates do not completely cover plaster cut-outs, install oversized plates.

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11. Make sure all wall heaters come on when thermostat is turned up. Make sure that flammable materials are not located on or immediately adjacent to heaters.

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12. Make sure side yard, laundry room, and parking areas are free of extraneous materials. Absolutely make sure there are no flammable materials (especially oil-based paints) stored in under-stair storage areas or laundry rooms.

or

arrange

for

a

smoke

detector

to

be

installed.

3. Check for leaks under all sinks. Make sure there is no wetness by placing your hand on

so there breakers

make

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9. Check all stove and bathroom vent fans. They must come up to speed within a minute or so.

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15. Check all kitchen, hall and bathroom cabinet doors to make sure the hinges work properly.

If the

the bottom of the trap. down the hand sprayer

Sometimes the area under a sink is wet because of water dripping or through cracked caulking. Schedule for repair as needed.

is no ambiguity about operability. as replacements are very difficult

Warning...be careful not to inadvertently to obtain for some of the older designs.

handle,

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caulking

around

all

sinks

and

tubs.

Recaulk

it

if

in

doubt.

Make sure each has a step into stirrup or a sure that it actually will rotate the shaft, i.e.,

13.

Check

14. Check for peeling paint. Touch but there must be no peeling paint. inspector has been known to write

up as required. Surfaces need not be smooth or painted, Be particularly alert for bathroom ceilings. At least one up an owner for paint peeling off a gutter downspout.

a rotating shaft.

handle for rotation.

If

it

is

not

loose

on

the

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