1. Walk through the property with the landlord to identify any existing damage
This includes inspecting the walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, and any other areas for any existing damage. Make sure to take pictures or notes of any damage found.
2. Check for any water damage, especially around windows and ceilings
Look for any evidence of water leakage, such as water stains or dampness. Inspect ceilings and around windows for any signs of water infiltration.
3. Look for any evidence of pests such as cockroaches, mice, or rats
Check behind appliances, in cabinets, and in other dark spaces for any evidence of pests. Look for droppings, nests, or chewed-up materials.
4. Inspect the floors and walls for any signs of wear and tear
This includes checking for scratched surfaces, dents, paint chips, and holes in the wall or flooring.
5. Check all appliances for proper function and no damage
This includes checking ovens, microwaves, refrigerators, dishwashers, washers and dryers for proper function and no physical damage.
6. Make sure all light fixtures are in good condition and working properly
This includes checking lightbulbs to make sure they are not burnt out and replacing them if necessary. Also check that light fixtures are in good condition without any broken glass or other damage.
7. Ensure that all locks on doors and windows work correctly
Test all locks on doors and windows to ensure they are working properly. If there are any problems with the locks, report them to the landlord immediately.
8. Test the plumbing by running hot and cold water in each sink, shower, and toilet
Check each sink, showerhead, and toilet for proper water pressure by running hot and cold water simultaneously. Make sure there are no leaks coming from the faucets or showerhead. Flush each toilet to make sure it works properly without backing up or overflowing.
9. Turn on all electronics such as TVs, radios, fans, etc., to make sure they work properly
Check that all electronics turn on and work as they should without issue. This includes testing all outlets to make sure they have power going to them.
10. Make sure curtains or blinds are in good condition
Inspect curtains or blinds for tears, holes, stains, or other damage that would affect their appearance or function. If there are any damaged items, report them to the landlord so they can be replaced.