When it comes to purchasing a condominium, the home inspection process is a crucial step that potential buyers should never skip. Condo inspections are similar to traditional home inspections in many ways, but there are also key differences that buyers should be aware of.
In this blog, we’ll explore what is typically inspected during a condo inspection and how it differs from a regular home inspection.
What’s Inspected in a Condo Inspection?
- Walls and ceilings: The inspector will check for any visible cracks, water stains, or signs of structural issues.
- Flooring: They will assess the condition of the floors, looking for damage, unevenness, or other issues.
- Windows and doors: The inspector will examine the windows and doors to ensure they function correctly and are properly sealed.
- Appliances: Kitchen appliances, such as the stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, and microwave, will be tested for functionality.
- Electrical outlets: The inspector will ensure that all electrical outlets are working and are properly grounded.
- Circuit breaker box: They will assess the electrical panel for safety and compliance with local codes.
- Lighting: The inspection will cover the functionality of light fixtures and switches.
- Pipes and plumbing fixtures: The inspector will check for leaks, water pressure, and proper drainage in sinks, showers, and toilets.
- Water heater: They will inspect the condition of the water heater and assess its capacity.
HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning)
- HVAC systems: The inspector will evaluate the heating and cooling systems, ensuring they are operational and well-maintained.
- Common walls and ceilings: For condo units, the inspection may extend to the shared walls and ceilings between units to check for potential issues.
What Makes Condo Inspections Different
In a condominium, many components are shared, including the roof, foundation, and common areas like hallways and elevators. These areas are the responsibility of the HOA and are not a part of a home inspection. Ensure that these areas are well-maintained by management to prevent future expenses or problems.
HOA Rules and Regulations
HOA stands for Homeowners’ Association. It is a private organization typically established within a residential community, such as a neighborhood, condominium complex, or planned development. The primary purpose of an HOA is to manage and govern the common areas and shared amenities within the community, as well as to enforce certain rules and regulations that residents are expected to follow.
HOAs determine what owners can and cannot do within their units. It’s essential to understand these rules, as they can affect what can be inspected and modified within your condo.
Part of your HOA fees may go toward maintaining common areas and systems. It’s essential to understand the HOA and whether there are any planned assessments for major repairs or upgrades.
Inquiring about the HOA’s reserve fund is critical. It’s a pool of money set aside by the HOA for future repairs and maintenance. The inspector should assess its adequacy to cover potential expenses, like roof repairs or building maintenance.
While the condo unit itself may be your responsibility, the building’s exterior, including the roof, siding, and windows, is typically the responsibility of the HOA. These areas are the responsibility of the HOA and are not a part of a home inspection. Ensure that these elements are well-maintained by management to prevent future expenses or problems.
Custom Condo Inspections
Although the purpose of a condo home inspection and a regular home inspection are the same, there are many things that may be different during these inspections. At Wall to Wall Home Inspections, we do entire home inspections, investor inspections, and even custom home inspections to fit your needs! With over 30 years of experience, we have recognized the need to have flexibility in inspection services and that is why we provide you with many options!
Some investors ask us to inspect just the roof, foundation walls, water heaters, furnaces, main power panels, etc. This inspection can also be customized to any combination of items. The fee would be adjusted based on the number of items and the number of properties inspected. If you don’t need the complete inspection, the investor inspection may be for you. Contact us today to discuss your inspection options!