We all think that a condo is a safe bet because know that condo fees cover exterior and common area maintenance so we shouldn’t need to get an inspection, right? This question often comes up when I talk to clients who are looking to save a few bucks when it comes to closing costs, but a proper inspection can often bring to light issues that are worth having a professional opinion on. I thought it would help to ask a home inspector what he thought about inspecting condos before committing to buy. Glen Strang is one of our trusted partners and the owner of Amerispec Inspection Services who have been in business since 1995, this is what he had to say:
A condominium is a building like any other home that has repair and maintenance requirements. A qualified home inspector will give you information regarding the condition of the dwelling unit and its major systems, including the performance of the electrical, heating and plumbing systems in the unit.
Defects in structural components with the building overall can also often be detected through an inspection of the interior of the unit itself. This process can potentially alert the purchaser to any major repairs or replacements that will be necessary in the near future. A deteriorated common element such as the roof or siding that has resulted in leakage to the interior of a unit dwelling can mean that a large portion of the money that has been saved in the reserve fund may soon be required. This situation can result in the potential for a ”special assessment” or an increase to a unit owners monthly condo fees for a period of time, based on their percent- age ownership in the corporation.
The home inspection is also a useful process to help educate the purchaser on the importance of regular maintenance such as ensuring that seams in the bathrooms that are prone to water penetrations are kept well sealed. A home inspection will also advise a purchaser on the benefits of performing regular maintenance to appliances such as Heat Recovery Ventilators. A properly maintained ventilation system will help to promote positive air quality in the dwelling itself as it is designed to maintain acceptable humidity levels within the unit.
If you have any questions about condo inspections, or any other home inspection questions for that matter, don’t hesitate to contact Glen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 902-469-1119.
As always if you are looking to buy or sell a condo feel free to contact us.