Rental Walkthrough Checklist – What To Look For When Your Renters Are Moving In and Out

If you’ve ever rented before, you know about walkthroughs. As a landlord a walkthrough is for each, and below will be a checklist to use when doing them.

Walkthrough by both landlord and tenant at lease and end of lease

A walkthrough is something done by both landlord and tenant at the time the property is leased, and when the lease is over and the tenant is moving out. It’s an inspection of the property.

At the beginning of the lease it is done to have Rental Walkthrough Checklist - What To Look For When Your Renters Are Moving In and Outboth parties on the same page about the condition of the property before it is inhabited. A checklist should be done and signed by landlord and tenant, and pictures of EVERYTHING should be taken by both parties.

At the end of the lease the landlord is looking for damage or illegal alterations to the property, (illegal meaning not approved by the landlord in writing), per the lease. Damage is considered anything in excess of normal wear and tear.

Again, a checklist should be filled out and signed by both parties and another set of pictures of EVERYTHING should be taken by both parties. Pictures are taken at both times by both parties so in case there is a need for proof in a dispute over how much of the security deposit is withheld by the landlord at the end of the lease.

The walkthrough is done so the landlord can determine if damage has been done to the unit that would allow for deductions to be taken from the tenant’s security deposit. It either allows the tenant, if done prior to move out, to fix items to keep deductions at a minimum, and/or lets the landlord know what must be fixed before the next tenant moves into the property. Not all states require it, but as a general rule, it is a good idea, required or not, so you have documentation of damages and property condition.

As a landlord a walkthrough will give you a few benefits. It will allow you to determine repairs and anticipate costs. It will actually help you avoid disputes with the tenant because both are aware of condition before and after the tenancy and also allows the tenant to do the repairs to mitigate their loss in security deposit, saving you the cost after they move out.

Now onto the checklist:


Is there adequate parking near the property for tenant and guests? Is it assigned or first-come, first served?
Is the exterior lighting adequate? Are common areas well lit?
Are there elevators and do they work? Are stairways well lit and secure?
Are common entrances locked and if so, how is access granted: doorbell, buzzer, security camera, call phone?
Are locks in good working order? Will they be changed out before move in?
Do doors open and shut easily? Are they heavy enough for safety, but not so heavy they are hard to open? Is there a way to look out before opening (i.e. a peephole or a way to view outside)?


Is the property clean?
Are the ceilings and walls in good repair? Is paint fresh (i.e. no peeling or marks on walls or ceilings)? Are there nail holes in the walls? Any signs of water damage or mold? Any cracks in drywall or plaster?
Are there enough closets and are they large enough for storage? Is there any kind of organization system in closets? Is there a lockable outside storage area?
Is flooring in good repair? Are carpets frayed or dirty? Is hardwood scratched or water stained? Is tile chipped, cracked or uneven?
Are kitchen and bathroom cabinets in good repair? Do they open easily? Is all hardware there? Are they straight and installed correctly? Is interior shelving in place?
Bathroom and kitchen sinks, tubs and wall tile are in place, sturdy, grout is clean and complete? Tile isn’t chipped?
Does water drain quickly in all sinks and tubs and showers? Is water clean and has it been tested? Do water temps and pressure stay consistent even if more than one is running at a time? Does the toilet work properly and is it clean?
Do all electrical outlets and switches work? Are any buzzing, have char marks or are hot to the touch? Where is the circuit breaker and does it have any of the same issues?
Do windows open? Are glass and screens intact? Are window coverings in good shape?
Is there a washer and dryer available in the unit? Does it work?
Does the heating and air conditioning system work?
Does each room have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, per state law?
Can you get cell reception? What about landlines? Is there hook ups for cable/satellite/internet available?
Is there overhead lighting and does it work?
Do all appliances work? Are they clean?

Be smart and cover your bases. Do walkthroughs and be thorough.

Want To Be A Real Estate Investor But Hate Cleaning Toilets?

Being a Real Estate investor sounds good, but you know you don’t want to be that landlord being dragged out of bed in the middle of the night to fix a leaky toilet. It’s kept you from taking the plunge so far, but what if you could invest and be a hands free investor? Investing in turnkey real estate is for you.

Benefits of turn-key investing

Want To Be A Real Estate Investor But Hate Cleaning Toilets?There are plenty of benefits to being a turn-key real estate investor. The first is not being a landlord. You do this by putting professional property management in place and you reap the rewards of investing without the time consuming job of being a landlord. The property managers deal with the tenants, fix what needs fixing, maintain the property, collect the rent and deal with evictions for you.

No rehab costs

Purchasing a turn-key property means you don’t have to spend money up front to rehab the property before you make a dime on it. It may appear to be cheaper to buy a foreclosure property but turn-key removes all the risk that foreclosure properties have. You know the condition of the property instead of guessing about it.

Tenant in place

Often turn-key investment properties already have a tenant in place, so you start off from day one making money on your investment. Vacancies mean no income, so finding one without the “for rent” sign on it will mean knowing what your income will be instead of estimating it.

Lastly, turn-key investment properties are usually in the best neighborhoods. Bonus for the amount of income and type of tenants. Marry that with a property management aspect and you can buy anywhere in the US, no living close by necessary!

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Landlord Liability – What Are You Responsible For When You Rent Your Colorado Home

You purchased your investment property, now it’s time to be a landlord. So do you know what you should be responsible to pay for when you rent your Colorado home? Do you include utilities in the rent? What about appliances? Maintenance of the exterior?

Landlord decides what to pay

What you decide to pay for as landlord, quite honestly, is up to you. Your decision should be based upon a few Landlord Liability - What Are You Responsible For When You Rent  Your Colorado Homefactors. First, who is your target tenant? If you are in a college town and want to rent to students, being as inclusive as possible with cost is a good idea. Knowing the college students aren’t going to be on top of exterior maintenance means you should include it in the rent if you want to be sure it gets done. Same with utilities.

Utilities and appliances

Don’t want to be on the hook for incredibly high bills? Set a certain amount you will pay over the term of the lease. For instance, if you know that a typical water bill for a month is $50 and the lease is a year, then say you will pay $600 total. That way overages are the tenant’s responsibility. College students might be too hard on appliances, and may have their own (like microwaves and small refrigerators) from their dorms. Not including them might not be a problem.

Have an executive Colorado home to rent?

Busy executives probably don’t mind spending more overall in order to keep their busy lives easy. That includes utilities, maintenance. They will, however, expect that all kinds of appliances, top of the line appliances, will be included in the home. Don’t disappoint them!

Generally, what you include in the lease is entirely up to you

If you worry about things being paid, taken care of or abused, include or don’t include in the rental agreement. That can all be changed from tenant to tenant as well. Protecting your investment is important, just don’t cut off your nose to spite your face! Change the terms of the lease according to what type of tenant is renting.

5 Signs That You Should Not Rent To Them | Property Management Tips

Finding good tenants is important if you are a landlord, and there are unmistakable signs that you should not rent to someone. A good property management company knows these signs and would give you, the landlord, these tips.

Sign One: Is the potential tenant hesitant to fill out a rental application or do they want to take it home to complete? If they are balking at filling out an application it should make you wonder why. What are they hiding? If they want to take it home with them it should also make warning bells go off in your head. If they are serious about renting, they should want to fill out an application 5 Signs That You Should Not Rent To Them | Property Management Tipsimmediately. If you suspect it could be because of issues like reading difficulties or because of a disability, be sensitive to this, maybe offer help, but try and keep applications in house. Property management comes in handy in these situations.

Sign Two: How Many People Come to See the Apartment? The application should have the names of all the people who are going to be living there, so if they suddenly show up with more people than will be living there be wary. First, could they be casing the apartment complex or home for a later burglary? Could it be a sign that there will be people in and out of the apartment constantly? Ask why all of those people are there. How many people will actually be living in the apartment? Who is actually renting the apartment or home?

Sign Three: Multiple jobs and addresses. If a potential tenant has had a lot of jobs in the last two years, or has multiple jobs now beware. Why? Because if someone has had multiple jobs over a few years they may be a bad employee who may get into the house and then lose yet another job. If they have multiple jobs all at once would they be able to pay the rent if they lost one of them? As the landlord, these are things you should be aware of if you want to find good tenants.

Sign Four: Disinterest at the poor condition of the house or apartment. If they aren’t worried about when things would be fixed or didn’t care about the disrepair or cleanliness of the place it may mean they won’t keep it up either.

Sign Five: Are they offering you a lot of money up front to bypass your usual rental process? Huge red flag that needs no explanation!

Should You Let Fido Move in? How to Handle People with Pets | Property Management Questions

You have decided to become a landlord, and some of the phone calls you are getting are asking if you allow pets. It’s a valid question since more than 60% of American households have at least one pet. So, do you let people with pets move Fido in?

Should You Let Fido Move in? How to Handle People with Pets | Property Management Questions Animals are part of the daily lives of millions of people. They are companions, service providers and in some cases a way to earn money to support a family. Cats, dogs, small animals and birds provide a plethora of benefits to people. Therapy and service animals literally save lives. A simple companion pet reduces stress and gives people unconditional love.

They can also be destructive to a home. Even the best pets can cause damage. Cats need to claw. They do so in order to shed the outer layer of their claws, and they will use whatever they can find: furniture, floors, carpeting and even walls. Cats, especially males, also like to mark their territory. They do so by spraying urine. Cat urine is very distinctive and very hard to remove. If it gets into flooring and subflooring you have to replace all of it. Cats shed hair all over everything too, so filters for heat and ac may need to be changed more often.

Dogs can also be rather destructive. Sometimes it depends on breed, but any dog can do damage. They can break through screens to get out, chew holes in walls, doors or cabinets, scratch floors, doors or walls. A dog’s nails grow as well and need trimming. Long nails scratch hardwoods, tile and get caught in the loops of carpeting damaging it. Any dog that has repeated accidents leaves smells that are hard to remove.

Small animals like rodents (mice, rats, guinea pigs and hamsters), lizards, snakes and other more exotic animals can also be very destructive. Small rodents, snakes and lizards can get loose and get into walls. If they die in the walls the smell is nearly impossible to get rid of without removing and replacing drywall.

So when you get those phone calls asking about pets, your best bet is to say no. In some cases, as with service animals, you might not be able to do so, but if you do allow them get a substantial pet deposit to cover inevitable damage.