Condo living checklist

If you are considering a condo lifestyle, use this checklist to guide you:


Common Elements — Interior

  • Lobby is clean and in good repair
  • Exterior doors, locks and security system are functional
  • Recreational amenities (if any) are in good working order and clean.
  • Elevators are clean and functional
  • Corridors are clean, well lit and odour-free
  • Carpets or flooring are in good repair and paint is unmarked
  • Stairwells are well lit; doors and door handles are functional
  • Stairs have handrails and the stair edgings are marked for increased safety
  • Common basement or locker facilities are well lit, clean and dry
  • No signs of water leaks or mold
  • Parking structure does not show any evidence of leaks or concrete deterioration and is well lit
  • All areas meet your needs for ease of accessibility
  • Security cameras and security entrance systems are functional
  • Smoke detectors are on each floor


Common Elements — Exterior

  • Garbage and recyclables are in receptacles or dumpsters
  • Snow and ice are removed from walkways and parking areas if viewing in the wintertime
  • Amenities are clean and in good repair, including recreational facilities (such as playground structures) and landscaping
  • Exterior walls are not cracked, corroded or water-stained
  • Balcony railings are rigid and rust-free and balcony slabs are not breaking up
  • Roadways, sidewalks and parking areas are in good shape with no standing water
  • Lighting in pathway and parking lot is good
  • Walls have no water stains, corrosion, loose siding or white marks on brick
  • Lawn and fences are in good condition
  • Building windows and exterior balconies are in excellent condition



  • Favourable initial reaction to odours upon entering the unit
  • Exterior door to unit is in good repair, with unmarked paint and functioning latch and locks
  • Drywall is not dented or broken
  • Paint is unmarked
  • Flooring (including tile, hardwood and carpeting) is clean and in good repair, with no stains, holes or burn marks
  • Smoke and heat detectors within unit are oprational
  • Interior doors are in good repair and open and close easily; latches or knobs are functional
  • Windows open, shut and lock easily; glass is unscratched; no noticeable drafts or mold; seals are in place
  • No visible water-stain marks or damaged drywall around windows, near floors or ceilings
  • All light fixtures are operational
  • Appliances (if included) are functional, clean and in good repair
  • Plumbing does not drip
  • Toilets flush and refill properly
  • Bathtub and shower walls are clean and solid
  • Bathtub has solidly installed grab bars for safe entry and exit
  • Floor of bathtub is non-skid
  • Electrical sockets function
  • Kitchen cupboards are in good repair with functional doors and no signs of pests (insects or mouse droppings)
  • Basement is dry and odour-free with no evidence of water damage (which would indicate previous flooding)
  • Basement sump pump is functional (if applicable)
  • Unit heating and air-conditioning systems are working, in good repair and not of an age to be replaced
  • Exhaust fans in kitchen and bathroom are operational



  • The neighbourhood is sustainable for unit resale
  • The area is safe and walkable
  • The area has features and services you or your family requires (for example, public transit, convenient shopping, parks, schools).


If the condo lifestyle appeals to you, contact your REALTOR®. You can also search for your new condo online at for all MLS® listings. 

Want to visit condo open houses?  Every Friday,  pick up the weekly Real Estate News for the condo open house guide and plan your tour.