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

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