Condos provide an attractive option for buyers who are looking for amenities, less maintenance and prime locations. Regardless of the property you are looking to purchase, condo buyers must be just as diligent as detached home buyers by having an inspection performed prior to signing contracts and making financial arrangements. The House Detective’s condo inspection covers both the interior and exterior of the unit to find any problems that have not been disclosed.
Ceiling, Floors, Windows and Walls
The ceiling, floors and walls can indicate deeper issues with a condo. Among the issues that must be investigated fully are:
- Spotting on the ceilings or floor - may indicate a problem with the roof or water leaking into the building.
- Cracked walls – may be indicative of a problem with the foundation of the structure.
- Sloping floors - may be indicative warping or other damage, possibly evidence of an underlying problem, such as water damage that may require repair or replacement.
- Windows & walls – spotting on either may be indicative of mold damage requiring replacement of the windows, re-sheet rocking of the walls as well as any underlying materials that may also have mold contamination.
Electrical System and HVAC
All working outlets, lights and switches should be identified and inspected as should breakers and fuses. Scorch marking present on any of these may indicate loose and sparking wires. An illegal or improper electrical system can pose fire hazards which may make a lender not approve the loan until repairs are made. A check for system updates and for any existing ground fault interrupts in the bathroom and kitchen will be performed as well. The HVAC system will also be inspected to determine if the heating and cooling system works properly.
Plumbing problems can be expensive. Before finalizing the deal, a condo buyer should make sure that he finds any problems with the plumbing. The inspection process will include checks for leaks around pipes, testing of sinks and toilet operation to determine the water pressure and a check in the areas around the shower for evidence of water damage. Additionally, a check will be made verify that the water heater is up to code.
Kitchens and Bathrooms
As kitchens and bathrooms are commonly the most expensive rooms to renovate, it is critical to be aware of their condition before finalizing the purchase. Fixtures will be inspected to ensure that they are secure and in good operating condition. Caulking in the tub and shower are will be inspected for gaps that could allow leaking at water damage. All cabinets and drawers will be checked to ensure they are structurally sound and in good working order and appliances will be checked to ensure they are functioning properly and are not in need of replacement.
Exterior walls will be examined for cracks or water stains and gutters will be inspected to ensure proper run off for rain and other precipitation and that there are no leaks or gaps between the gutters and where they are attached to the structure