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Why would anyone get a Pre-Lease inspection?

Many of our clients hired us because they had particular concerns about the unit they were about to sign a lease on. being locked in a lease, and "stuck" in the unit for the duration of the lease can be a double-edged sword - as if the unit is in good condition, your rent is guaranteed to be the price agreed to in the lease for the whole duration - - However if the unit is in bad condition, or contains potential health issues or hazards: The same lease can trap you in an environment you don't want to be living in... or cause unnecessary aggravation, cost, or health issues. 

Many cities in towns in Massachusetts now require that all rental units be inspected regularly, have proper occupancy permits that allow the unit to be occupied, and have up to date rental certificates/permits. These are the first things you should always check when looking into leasing a unit. ANY unit which either lacks a current occupancy permit, or a valid and up-to-date rental certificates/permit CANNOT LEGALLY BE RENTED IN MASSACHUSETTS. This is important to realize before you sign any agreement or lease! 

We perform inspections on the unit and/or common areas for the unit to determine if any currently visible defects, or obvious visual potential hazards exist. Kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, living areas, electrical outlets (and when accessible - electric panels), central heating and air conditioning, windows, egresses, doors, and more are all part of the inspection and evaluation. Additional testing is also available for a wide variety of other issues, including radon, radioactive/contaminated granite countertops, HVAC register air flow analysis, and much more. 

Before you lock yourself into a lease for a long period of time and become "stuck" in a unit - be sure to consider having the unit inspected. It's better to know before you've signed the lease then afterwards!

Below are some examples of Hazards and Defects found in units we've inspected:

Gas through wall vents POTENTIAL HAZARD

Gas through wall vents MUST be installed high enough to not be blocked by snow/leaves. Gas vents and Air Inlets installed this low are a POTENTIAL HAZARD.

Kitchen Outlet

Loose kitchen outlets (This one has it's electrical outlet box "Recessed" too far back into the wall) pose a POTENTIAL SHOCK AND FIRE HAZARD.


Wiring MUST NOT BE EXPOSED WITHOUT PROPER PROTECTION in living areas. This obviously amateur and improper wiring at the Bathroom light fixture IS A POTENTAIL SHOCK AND FIRE HAZARD.

Painted / Old / Damaged Electricl Outlets

Electrical outlets CANNOT be painted and when damaged, painted or too old - THEY SHOULD BE REPLACED FOR SAFETY.


Electrical panels REQUIRE specific clearances, and CANNOT be installed in closets. PANELS INSTALLED IN CLOSETS ARE POTENTIAL HAZRADS and should be corrected by an electrician.

Light Fixture Bulb Clearances

Light fixtures with bare bulbs exposed MUST HAVE PROPER CLEARANCES TO COMBUSTIBLES. This Bathroom sink ight was TOO CLOSE to the medicine cabinet - A POTENTIAL FIRE HAZARD.

Improperly Covered/Finished Electrical Outlet

Electrical outlets CANNOT be finished or otherwise blocked and this poses a POTENTIAL HAZARD.

Improper Electric Panel Wiring

Wires in electrical panels and boxes MUST have properly installed connectors. WIRES INSTALLED WITHOUT PROPER CONNECTORS ARE A POTENTIAL FIRE AND SHOCK HAZARD.

Amateur Bathroom Wiring

Certain bathroom vanities with light units are often installed WITHOUT PROPER JUNCTION BOXES and EXPOSED WIRING. Spliced and exposed wiring is a POTENTIAL SHOCK AND FIRE HAZARD.

Open and Improper Wiring

This unit's wiring was ALL open and exposed as seen here.

Amateur Wiring in Kitchen

The wiring over the kitchen sink is visibly amateur and plugged into a non-GFCI (anti-shock) protected outlet. Amateur wiring such as this poses a POTENTIAL SHOCK AND FIRE HAZARD

Home-Made Doorbell wiring

This amateur wiring is for the unit's doorbell. Exposed and amateur wiring poses a potential SHOCK AND FIRE HAZARD

MOLD hiding behind the Bathroom Walls

An access panel for the unit's plumbing showed MOLD GROWTHS and DAMAGE on the back side of the tub/shower area's tile. MOLD can pose a POTENTAIL HEALTH HAZARD

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