There are many things to consider when looking for your next place to call home. From finding an apartment in your budget to ensuring your commute is feasible, there are also a few important safety questions you should consider asking before signing a lease.

Did the landlord change the locks?

Of course, someone else lived in the apartment prior to you potentially moving in, so it’s important that the landlord replaced the locks. While we all want to wish the best in humanity, it’s important that you don’t take any chances.

Has the building been checked for mold?

Generally speaking, every living space should be checked for mold every 5-10 years to avoid allergic reactions or even respiratory problems. While this is a more common occurrence in older buildings, this is also something you don’t want to take your chances on.

Does the apartment have a fire extinguisher?

Some buildings or units will already have extinguishers within the apartment, but if yours doesn’t, it’s a good idea to ask if this can be provided not only for your safety, but for other renters that live above, below, or beside you.

What about the window treatments?

Privacy is just as important as safety when it comes to looking at potential homes. So it’s a good idea to ask about any window treatments that will be included before signing the lease. This way, you’ll find out if you need to purchase and install blinds and/or curtains once you move in.

How is the neighborhood at night?

It’s always a good idea to check out what your apartment building looks like after the sun goes down. If you have a parking area, see if the spots are well-lit. You could also ask if there are security cameras or other means of supplied security.

How are the appliances?

Ensuring that all of your appliances are in working order is another question you should absolutely ask the landlord before signing the lease. Check out the stove, refrigerator, and plumbing to protect yourself and others in the building.


By going over just a few apartment safety questions to ask before signing a lease, you’ll set yourself up for less headache and a better experience!