Move-In Checklist

Schedule a time to check in with your landlord or property manager as you are moving in to find out exactly what is expected of you. It's also a good opportunity to complete a check-in sheet and take pictures of the place prior to moving in your belongings. Documenting existing damage will provide you with better information for moving out and getting your security deposit back. 

Most landlords and property managers have their own versions of a checklist, but you can also use information on this site (a printable version is available on this page as well). 

As you are completing the checklist, take plenty of time and be very thorough in noting all damages. This can protect you from being charged for damage that existed before you moved in. If you don’t note the existing damage on the checklist, you can be held responsible for that damage. Consider taking pictures to verify the checklist details. Even better, videotape as you walk through the apartment. Zoom in on the damages and explain exactly what they are. 

Checklist: Example

Tenant Name(s):
Address / Apt #:
Move-in date / Move-out date

Unless noted, the premises are clean, in good working order and undamaged. Use the key codes provided.
KEY CODES: NC–needs cleaning, NP–needs painting, RP–needs replacing, NR–needs repair, SC–scratched, NSC–needs spot cleaning, NSP–needs spot painting

All Rooms: 
Walls
Ceiling
Flooring
Baseboards
Closet doors
Windows
Screens
Curtains/rods/blinds
Light fixtures
Outlets & switches
Door stop
Cable/Internet jacks
Smoke alarms

Entry
Front door
Storm door
Locks / keys
Deadbolt

Kitchen
Range
Hood/light/fan
Burners & knobs
Oven
Oven racks
Broiler pan
Microwave
Refrigerator exterior
Refrigerator interior
Ice trays/racks
Garbage disposal
Dishwasher
Cabinets
Drawers
Counters
Sink & faucets
Plumbing & pipes
Smoke alarm
Fire extinguisher

Bathroom
Vanity
Counter
Sink
Faucets
Drawers
Mirrors
Medicine cabinet
Shower/tub
Shower head
Shower tile
Caulking
Towel rods
Toilet
Toilet paper holder
Fan
Water (hot & pressure)
Plumbing & pipes

Mechanical
Hot water heater
Thermostat
Furnace
Air conditioner
Filter
Washer & dryer 

Exterior
Patio/deck
Outside lights
Outside faucets
Gutters
Downspouts
Roof
Paint
Yard & lawn
Fence & gate
Mailbox
Driveway
Sidewalks
Parking