Condo Inspections

What is a Condo Inspection?

A Condo Inspection, much like a home inspection, is a detailed examination of a condominium unit to assess its condition. It’s crucial for potential buyers to
understand the unique aspects of condo inspections compared to single-family home inspections.

Key Differences:

  • Scope: Since condo owners share responsibility for common areas managed by the Homeowners Association (HOA), the condo inspection primarily focuses on the interior of the unit, excluding the exterior, roof, and landscaping. However, the inspector might examine readily accessible common areas like hallways or patios adjacent to the unit.
  • Responsibility: Unlike single-family homes where the owner is responsible for everything, condo ownership comes with shared responsibility. The HOA typically handles the structure, roof and exterior maintenance, while the individual unit owner is responsible for maintaining the interior elements, including:
    • Plumbing
    • Electrical systems
    • HVAC systems (if individually owned)
    • Walls, floors, and ceilings
    • Appliances

What a Condo Inspection Typically Covers:

  • Plumbing: The inspector will check for leaks, corrosion, and proper drainage in pipes, faucets, showers, and toilets.
  • Electrical: They will examine wiring, outlets, switches, and the electrical panel for safety and functionality.
  • HVAC Systems: The inspector will assess the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems (if individually owned) for proper operation and potential issues.
  • Interior Elements: Walls, ceilings, floors, windows, and doors will be inspected for cracks, water damage, structural issues, and proper functioning.
  • Appliances: Major appliances like the oven, dishwasher, and water heater will be checked for functionality and potential problems.
  • Additional Checks:
    Depending on the condo and inspector, the inspection may also include:
    • Smoke and carbon monoxide detector functionality
    • Attic or crawlspace inspection (if accessible)
    • Deck or patio condition

Benefits of a Condo Inspection:

  • Identify Potential Problems: Early detection of issues can help you avoid unexpected repair costs and inconveniences after purchasing the condo.
  • Negotiate Repairs: If the inspection reveals significant problems, you can use the report to negotiate repairs with the seller or request a price reduction.
  • Gain Peace of Mind: Knowing the condition of the unit before buying can provide peace of mind and help you make informed decisions.

The closer your condo is to a single family home, the closer our inspection will be to our standard home inspection. With condo units that are apartment style, these inspections will be limited to the items listed above. 

Rest assured, whether it’s a condo, townhouse or apartment, we can help. Click on the link below to schedule your condo inspection today!