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Move-in / Move-out Inspection Checklist – Residential Property

The move-in/move-out checklist provides for the landlord and tenant to sign off on any damage at the time of lease commencement and at the end of the term. At the start date, both parties should look at every wall, appliance, and fixture to note any preexisting repairs needed. When the contract has concluded the lessor and lessee will once again make a careful examination of the premises and mark down any added repairs needed.

If the landlord finds damage on the property, at the end of the rental term it will be reflected in the security deposit return.

States Requiring a Checklist

  • Arizona ()
  • Georgia (§ 44-7-30 to § 44-7-37)
  • Hawaii ()
  • Kansas ()
  • Maryland ()
  • Massachusetts ()
  • Michigan ()
  • Montana ()
  • Nevada ()
  • New Hampshire ()
  • North Dakota ()
  • Utah ()
  • Virginia ()
  • Washington ()
  • Wisconsin ()

How to Write

Step 1 – Property Information –

  • Enter the name (if any) and address of the property being inspected
  • Resident’s name
  • Apartment number
  • Unit size
  • Move in inspection date
  • Move out inspection date

Step 2 – Areas and Items to be inspected – Enter the following:

  • Examine each item or area on the list

Enter the condition of each area or item on move in and record the condition of each in the “Move-In” section of the list:

  • Steps and landings
  • Handrails
  • Doors
  • Hardware/Locks
  • Floors/Coverings
  • Walls/Coverings
  • Ceilings
  • Windows/Coverings
  • Lighting
  • Electrical Outlets
  • Closets
  • Fire alarms/equipment
  • AND

Living Room:

  • Floor/Coverings
  • Walls/Coverings
  • Ceiling
  • Windows/Covering
  • Lighting
  • Electrical outlets

Dining Room:

  • Floor/Coverings
  • Walls/Coverings
  • Ceiling
  • Windows/Coverings
  • Lighting
  • Electrical outlets

Kitchen:

  • Range
  • Refrigerator
  • Sink/Faucets
  • Floor/Coverings
  • Walls/Coverings
  • Ceiling
  • Windows/Coverings
  • Lighting
  • Electrical outlets
  • Cabinets
  • Closets/Pantry
  • Exhaust fan
  • Fire alarms/equipment

Bedrooms:

  • Doors and locks
  • Floor/Coverings
  • Walls/Coverings
  • Ceiling
  • Windows/Covering
  • Closets
  • Lighting
  • Electrical outlets

Bathrooms:

  • Sink/Faucets
  • Shower/Tub
  • Curtain rack/Door
  • Towel rack
  • Toilet Doors/Locks
  • Floor/Coverings
  • Walls/Coverings Ceiling
  • Windows/Coverings
  • Closets
  • Cabinets
  • Exhaust fan
  • Lighting
  • Electrical outlets


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