Residential Rental Walk-through Checklist

Once you have found the perfect rental apartment, condo or house, make sure that you fill out a detailed condition summary before you sign the lease. This document ensures that you have checked to determine if everything is in working order before you move in and, at the end of the lease, that you are not charged for pre-existing defects or damages.

With a checklist in hand, walk through the apartment room by room with your landlord. If your landlord does not have a checklist, you can create your own or download the one below.

Point out -- and photograph -- excessive wear or unsatisfactory condition of floors, walls, carpeting, window coverings, etc. Raise and lower shades and blinds. Be specific about holes in walls, tears in fabric, scratches on cabinets or wood trim, peeling paint or other problems, no matter how minor they may seem at the time.

Confirm that all light fixtures and toilets are in good working order. Turn on the faucets in the sinks and showers to make sure that there is sufficient water pressure. Check for leaks in and under sinks and around plumbing fixtures. Look at the ceiling, walls and floors for water stains or signs of mildew, mold and pest infestation.

Inspect windows and doors to make sure that they open and lock properly, that screens are not broken and that there are no chips or cracks in the glass. Test the appliances, smoke detectors, air-conditioning and heating systems. Walk outside and note the condition of the walkway, siding, roof, stairway, porch, balcony or other areas for which you would be responsible.

Following the inspection, have your landlord sign the checklist as proof of the agreed-upon condition of the property. Clarify the terms of the security deposit. Determine who is responsible for repairs and what is considered normal ‘wear and tear’ while you reside there.

Take the time before you move so as to reduce the chance of disagreement when you move out.

Rental Walkthrough Checklist

Bathroom

Condition: Damaged/clean/dirty/broken/cracks

Date

Done

Plumbing; check the faucets, drains, and toilet for leaks or other issues

Notes:

   

Floors, walls, ceilings; check for water damage, mold, mildew, and cracks, and pay close attention to the grout and tiling

     

Mirrors; note any cracks

     

Door and windows; check for water damage, sealing problems, check lock, screens

     

Light fixtures and electrical outlets; exhaust fan

     

Small fixtures such as towel racks, toilet paper holder

     

Kitchen

Condition: Damaged/clean/dirty/broken/cracks

Date

Done

Stove

Notes

   

Refrigerator

     

Dishwasher

     

Sink and faucets (particularly rust) and drain, especially under the sink

     

Garbage disposal

     

Oven hood or exhaust fans

     

Cabinets; check shelves, handles, water or steam damage, leaks under the sink

     

Countertops; check for chips or cracks, marks or stains

     

Floors, walls, ceilings; check for water damage, mold, holes or cracks, chipped paint

     

Light fixtures and electrical outlets

     

Doors and windows; pay particular attention to the locks, screens

     

Living Room and Bedrooms

Condition: Damaged/clean/dirty/stains/broken

Date

Done

Floors, walls, ceilings; check for scratches, stains on carpet, chipped paint, nail holes in the wall, cracks in the walls or ceiling, mold or mildew damage

Notes:

   

Doors and windows; pay particular attention to the locks, screens

     

Light fixtures and electrical outlets

     

Blinds or window treatments

     

Overall/Miscellaneous

Condition: Broken/clean/dirty/damaged

Date

Done

Heating and air conditioning

Notes

   

Closets; check shelves, mirrors, rods, door and lock

     

Smoke detectors

     

Fireplace

     

Phone and cable jacks

     

Check the exterior of rental house for all similar issues

     
Signs of pest infestation - insects, rodents, etc.      
Screens / Storm Windows