Home Buyer Walk-Through Checklist

What to Look for as a Buyer or Renter Before You Move In...


Although the objectives may be slightly different, the walk-through for the buyer or renter is a must and should cover many of the same items. 
For a buyer, this is your last opportunity to confirm that repair work requested in the sales agreement have been done and that nothing in the property has been altered or deteriorated since last seen. For renters, you are about to assume responsibility for the condition of the property when you vacate. Everything below inspection standard should be documented to ensure that you are not charged for repairs or replacement when you terminated the lease. 
In the excitement to get to closing or sign the lease, it might be tempting to skip this very important step….. Don’t do it! Carefully inspect and record the conditions of the property using the checklist below. 

Specifically for Home Buyer Walk Through:

Were the requested repairs made to the property?
Are all of the conveyances at the property?
  • Appliances
  • Light Fixtures
  • Play Structures
  • Remote Controls for Home Fixtures
  • Drapery
  • Other?

For Home Buyer and Renter Walk Through:

Kitchen (turn appliances on and test for function)
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Garbage disposal
  • Sink
  • Ceiling fan
  • Counter Condition
  • Floor Condition
  • Cabinetry Condition
Living Rooms
  • Rug/Flooring
  • Walls/nail holes
  • Light fixtures
  • Windows (open/close/locks)
  • Doors/doorframes
  • Rug/Flooring
  • Walls/nail holes
  • Light fixtures
  • Windows (open/close/locks)
  • Doors/doorframes
  • Closet fixtures
  • Ceiling Fan
Bathrooms (check fixtures for function)
  • Flooring
  • Tub
  • Shower
  • Sink
  • Toilet
  • Windows (open/lock/close)
  • Water damage (in cabinets/ around fixtures)
  • Light Fixtures
Basement/Rec Area
  • Rug/Flooring
  • Walls/nail holes
  • Light fixtures
  • Windows (open/close/locks)
  • Doors/doorframes
  • Water Damage
  • Ceiling Fan
General Interior
  • Banisters and Stair Railings
  • Furnace
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hot water Heater
  • Fireplaces
  • Storage Area Empty and Dry
  • Doorbell
  • Alarm System
  • Outside Light fixtures
  • Landscaping as expected
  • Doors/door frames
  • Garage door function and remotes
  • Deck/patio condition