How to properly prepare the move-in and move-out inspection with your tenant?

The move-in and move-out inspection is a crucial step when renting a property. It allows you to determine the condition of the housing before the tenant moves in and after they move out, and to address any disputes regarding damages or necessary repairs. In this article, we will provide you with practical tips on how to properly prepare your inspection with your tenant.

Steps to follow for a well-prepared inspection:

Prepare a clear and detailed inspection template: To avoid any disputes, it is important to prepare a detailed inspection template that describes each room of the property, as well as the condition of every element, from walls to floors, windows, and doors. You can find inspection templates online or seek assistance from a professional.

Arrange a preliminary visit: Prior to the tenant’s arrival, organize a preliminary visit to ensure everything is in order and the property is ready to be occupied. This allows you to note any issues that need to be addressed before the tenant moves in.


Conduct a thorough inspection: During the move-in inspection, it is important to conduct a meticulous inspection of each room and document anything that may require repairs or improvements. Take photos and videos to document the initial condition of the property.


Have the inspection document signed: Once you have completed the inspection, have both the tenant and yourself sign the document. This confirms mutual agreement on the initial condition of the property and serves as evidence in case of any future disputes.


Repeat the process at the tenant’s move-out: When the tenant vacates the property, repeat the same steps for the move-out inspection. Check for any repairs that need to be done and compare the initial condition with the final condition to determine if any damages have occurred.


In summary, the move-in and move-out inspection is a crucial step in managing your rental property. By following these simple steps to prepare a detailed and accurate inspection, you ensure a healthier relationship with your tenant and protection against financial losses due to damages or repairs. 


We hope these tips help you better prepare your inspections, but if you need further assistance, don’t hesitate to contact our team of real estate management experts. We are always here to help you succeed.