You’ve found a great new apartment. The rent is right, the location is perfect, and you’re ready to move in. But before you sign that lease or start packing up the moving truck, you’ll want to do an apartment walkthrough to make sure your apartment is all you hoped it would be. Use our apartment inspection checklist to make sure you don’t miss any details.

Why Should I Do an Apartment Walkthrough?

A walkthrough is an essential step you must make before committing to your lease. A walkthrough is just what it sounds like: You walk through the apartment with the landlord or rental agent to see if there are any issues that should be fixed before you move in. Identifying these issues is important, because it will help you avoid fees for damages that you didn’t cause before you move out. It’s an easy step to help make sure you get your full deposit back when you move out!

Rental Inspection Checklist

Before your walkthrough, be sure to bring your phone and something to write on. Notes and pictures will come in handy if you see any issues. Some things you’ll want to look for during your walkthrough:


  • Check the oven. Are the burners and interior clean? Does it turn on?
  • Open the fridge and freezer. Make sure they’re both cold. The freezer should be free of ice buildup.
  • Take a look in the dishwasher. Is the interior clean? Does it start?
  • If applicable, check the garbage disposal to ensure it runs. Does the kitchen sink drain properly?


  • Turn on the shower. How’s the water pressure?
  • Check the sink; does it drain well?
  • Do the light fixtures work?
  • Flush the toilet — better safe than sorry!
  • Are there any cracked tiles?


  • Check the locks. Do they all work?
  • Ensure there are smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and that they’re on.
  • If there’s a security system, make sure it’s working.

Whole Apartment

  • Check outlets to make sure they work (a phone charger is great for this).
  • Open and close doors to make sure they work smoothly.
  • Same with windows. Do they open and close, and are the screens and panes in good repair?
  • Check the carpet for any stains.
  • Look at the paint and note any discoloration or marks on the walls.

After Your Apartment Walkthrough

Be sure to discuss any concerns with the landlord or rental agent during the walkthrough. After, compile your notes of any issues you noticed, and send those along with any pictures you took to the landlord in an email. This is a good way to document what you discussed. Be sure that he or she follows up with how these issues will be addressed, and keep all your notes and records; they may come in handy when you move out.

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