We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is Move-In Condition?

H. Bliss
Updated May 16, 2024
Our promise to you
HomeQuestionsAnswered is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At HomeQuestionsAnswered, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

The meaning for move-in condition can vary, but the term is most commonly used when dealing with rental properties like apartments. For rental properties, move-in condition refers to the state of a property when the tenant moves in. For property sellers or real estate agents, move-in condition means that the house on the market has been fully prepared and cleaned and is ready for the new owners to move in. This generally means that everything is in good repair, appliances are installed, and the dwelling has been professionally cleaned.

Tenants and landlords of business and residential rental properties should conduct inspections of the move-in condition whenever a new tenant moves in. By keeping track of the condition of the property at move-in time, a tenant can avoid charges for damage he did not cause, and a landlord can charge a tenant correctly for any damages caused by that tenant. When outlining the move-in condition of a property, a tenant and property manager fill out a move-in condition form. Information on this form includes notes about any damage already in the apartment, and often includes a detailed list of everything in the apartment so the condition each item can be noted.

The move-in condition inspection for a rental is the time to report things that need repair. A tenant inspecting a new property should take a close look at the inside and outside of all storage areas, walls, and appliances. Take note if any areas are left dirty or if anything is poorly installed in a way that might cause it long-term damage. Turn appliances on and off and make sure they work.

Taking photographs of the move-in condition while touring the property with the landlord is the best way to make a provable record of the move-in condition of the dwelling. Without record of damage in the dwelling when the tenant moved in, the tenant may end up being held responsible for costs related to damage he did not cause. Likewise, a landlord should take photographs of a dwelling when a new tenant moves in to avoid claims that damage was there prior to the tenant's arrival.

When moving into a property, it is important for the tenant to mark every damaged or dirty object, however small, to avoid being held responsible for it when he moves out. Take good photographs, and use the date and time function on the camera to correctly mark the date of move-in on the pictures of the property. Though most landlords are honest and simply want to protect their property, some bilk inattentive tenants by charging them for damage that other tenants already paid for.

HomeQuestionsAnswered is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
H. Bliss
By H. Bliss , Former Writer
Heather Bliss, a passionate writer with a background in communication, brings her love for connecting with others to her work. With a relevant degree, she crafts compelling content that informs and inspires, showcasing her unique perspective and her commitment to making a difference.

Discussion Comments

By mrwormy — On Dec 09, 2014

I learned the hard way how important a property condition checklist can be. I rented an apartment one time in an older complex that was popular with college students because of its proximity to the campus. I wasn't expecting it to be in perfect move-in condition, but I did expect it to be safe and sanitary. The landlord showed me the apartment and we both filled out a tenant move-in checklist. The list of problems kept growing, and the landlord finally said he would reduce the monthly rent by $100 as long as I accepted the fact it was not in move-in condition.

I agreed to the terms, but the landlord dragged his feet for months on a lot of the repairs listed on the rental condition form. I was afraid he was going to make it look like I caused some of the damage during my occupancy. When I did decide to move, a new landlord tried to claim I caused the damage to the dishwasher and the garbage disposal. I had to produce the original checklist to prove the damage was already done when I first moved in.

By AnswerMan — On Dec 08, 2014

When we put our first house on the market, I had no idea how difficult it would be to get it into move-in condition. I thought we had it cleaned up well enough, but the real estate agent came in with an official property condition checklist and pointed out about a dozen things we would have to repair or replace before we could call it "move-in ready". A lot of these things were not visible, like some leaking pipes, but they could have caused some expensive damage soon after the new owners moved in.

I think we spent around $5000 to get all of those repairs made by licensed professionals, but our realtor also raised the asking price to make up for those expenses. When the house finally sold, we still made a significant profit. I was willing to put it out as a fixer-upper, but my realtor assured me that getting it into move-in condition would be a better way to go in the long run.

H. Bliss

H. Bliss

Former Writer

Heather Bliss, a passionate writer with a background in communication, brings her love for connecting with others to her...
Learn more
HomeQuestionsAnswered, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

HomeQuestionsAnswered, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.