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 to create your own, or search the web for a printable version.

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, take video as you walk through the apartment. Zoom in on the damages and explain exactly what they are. 

Documenting Damages

All Rooms

  • Walls, ceiling, floors (including baseboards)
  • Closet doors
  • Windows, including screens and curtains/rods/blinds
  • Light fixtures
  • Outlets, switches, and jacks
  • Smoke alarms


  • Front door and storm door
  • Locks/keys, including deadbolt


  • Oven - the range, hood/light/fan, burners and knobs, oven racks, and boiler pan
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator - both inside and out, including ice trays and racks
  • Garbage disposal
  • Dishwasher
  • Cabinets, drawers, counters
  • Sink and faucets, including plumbing and pipes
  • Smoke alarm and fire extinguisher


  • Vanity, including counter, sink, faucets, drawers, mirror and medicine cabinet
  • Shower or tub including shower head, tile, and caulking
  • Towel rods
  • Toilet and toilet paper holder
  • Fan / vent
  • Water (for heat/pressure)
  • Plumbing and pipes


  • Hot water heater
  • Thermostat
  • Furnace
  • Air conditioner
  • Filter
  • Washer and dryer 


  • Patio/deck
  • Outside lights and faucets
  • Gutters, downspouts, and roof
  • Paint
  • Yard, including any fences or gates
  • Mailbox
  • Driveway and sidewalks