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
 
 
Bedrooms
 
     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
 
 
Exterior
 
     Doorbell
 
     Alarm System
 
    Outside Light fixtures
 
     Landscaping as expected
 
     Doors/doorframes
     Garage door function and remotes
 
     Deck/patio condition