Home Inventory Checklist For Your House or Apartment

Household Inventory Checklist

Everything is very exciting when you are moving into a new home, and relationships with the landlord can often seem informal and friendly, make no mistake, this can change and you must leave nothing to chance. You must go through the property very carefully before you move in, or you might find your security deposit being withheld for some damage which had already happened.

For this purpose you need to make sure that you have a household inventory checklist, similar to the one following. Some of this might not be appropriate, a lot of it will and there might be extra stuff you want to add, but this is a really important step to take and if you don’t check things out properly there’s a good chance that you’ll live to regret it.

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Home Inventory Checklist For Your House or Apartment

Kitchen – carefully check condition of the following, and note down any problems (stains, tears etc)

  • Floor covering
  • Walls/Ceiling/Paint
  • Light fixtures and fittings
  • Cupboards
  • Counter tops
  • Refrigerator (inside and out)
  • Oven, stove, hob etc (is it working properly, is it clean inside and out)
  • Sink and garbage disposal unit
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Table
  • Chairs
  • Doors
  • Windows including blinds, screens etc

Living Room

  • Floor covering – condition of carpet, stains etc
  • Walls/Ceiling/Paintwork
  • Light fixtures and fittings
  • Lamps
  • Coffee or end tables
  • Sofa
  • Chairs
  • Doors
  • Windows (including covers, blinds etc)
  • Other – specify if there is anything else in the room (pictures, ornaments etc)

Bedrooms

  • Floor covering – carpet stains etc
  • Walls/Ceiling/Paint
  • Light fixtures and fittings
  • Closet (doors, tracks, shelving etc)
  • Chair (s)
  • Dresser (s)
  • Windows (including covers, blinds etc)
  • Bed (s) – don’t forget to check the mattress on both sides for stains as well as springs, bed frames etc
  • Door
  • Shelves
  • Lamp
  • Other – specify

Bathroom – check the condition and cleanliness of:

  • Floor covering
  • Walls/Ceiling/Paint
  • Toilet
  • Bath tub
  • Shower – including rail, door, tracks etc
  • Cabinet
  • Towel Rack
  • Toilet roll holder
  • Mirror
  • Window (including cover and blinds)
  • Door
  • Sink
  • Light fixtures and fittings
  • Other – specify

Other Areas Where Applicable

  • Floor covering
  • Walls/Ceiling/Paint
  • Light fixtures and fittings
  • Doors including doorbell or knocker
  • Windows (including cover, blinds etc)
  • Air Conditioning Unit (check filters)
  • Smoke detectors (check working)
  • Patio – including plants, fencing, decking, exterior furniture etc
  • Mailbox

So, as long as you check out all of the above (there may be some more things specific to your property) and agree the condition of these items with your landlord before you move in, then keep it in a safe place for when you vacate the property, everybody will know exactly where they are and there shouldn’t be any problems.    

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