How do I conduct a move out an inspection of my rental property?

One of the most difficult things to do for some owners is to conduct a move out inspection of their rental properties because the former tenants may be asking the owner for their deposit return (like most tenants do) while the busy owner may also be searching for new tenants to rent their property to.

Thankfully, conducting a move out inspection can be easy for any owner especially if they follow the tips in this article.

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What to Look for After a Tenant Moves Out

Besides inspecting the rental property to make sure that it’s been professionally cleaned after the tenant moves out, every owner should be looking for the following:

  • Unapproved changes or alterations to the rental
  • Weird or strange odors
  • Evidence of pets or smoking in the rental
  • Holes in the doors
  • Fleas or bug evidence
  • Burned out light bulbs or missing hardware
  • Missing blinds or window coverings

What to Do After the Move Out Inspection

After doing a move out inspection another important factor that you should consider is accessing the condition of the inside and outside of your rental property because now is a great time  to make repairs to your rental while it’s not occupied with tenants.


What is the condition of the paint and siding? Does it need to be cleaned or replaced?

Does the landscaping need to be cleaned up and/or replanted?

Are there any stains on the driveway or parking spaces which will need to be pressured washed?


How is the condition of the doors and windows? Are they easy or difficult to use?

Are there any signs of mold in the rental property?

How is the condition of the bathrooms? Does the caulking around the toilets, sinks, and showers need to be replaced?

What condition is the flooring in? Has the carpets/flooring been professionally cleaned? Does the flooring need to be replaced?

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