The inspection report should reflect the condition of the property on move-in and move-out. During the move-in inspection, it is important to take note of anything that is damaged or missing from the property. The tenant or landlord should take pictures of each room in the property during the inspection.
Tenants should look for the following items during a move-in inspection:
- missing light fixtures;
- nicks and nail holes in walls;
- the condition of the floors, including any stains or rips in the carpet;
- closet doors that do not work properly;
- dirt behind the fridge and stove;
- broken or cracked windows and missing screens;
- leaking faucets; and
- missing oven racks and fridge shelves.
Tenants should check that all appliances are in good working order and turn them on to ensure that they are working property. Tenants should also check the plumbing, heating, and electrical fixtures.