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Condominiums are Viable Homes Too
Sometimes a large home or single family dwelling is unwanted by the potential buyer. In this case a condominium purchase is considered and has a number of benefits for the buyer.
Many empty nesters choose a condominium to eliminate the upkeep cost of a larger home. Sometimes illness may be the factor in the consideration of downsizing. Others may not want the added and costly responsibility of certain home repairs or replacements like a roof or a septic system.
Regardless of the buyer's reason for the purchase of a condominium, the home inspection is very similar to a single family home as the dwelling has the same types of issues, and the home buyers should take the same precautions as they world buying a single family home.
Similarities and Differences in Condominium Inspection
Inspectors generally offer internal inspections or full inspections. In an internal review, the contents between the walls of the property are checked. In a full inspection, the entire home, including outside areas are included in the inspection. That would include a garage, an attic, basement, or a crawl space. In all actuality, there isn't much difference between how a condo is inspected versus a single family home. Unlike a single family home. the condominium has shared space and services (lobbies, garages, recreation rooms, trash removal, pools, etc.) that falls under the condo association's responsibilities if there is need of repair. The buyer's condo fee is used to cover those cost. However, the cost of the space within the walls of the condominium, appliances and other systems falls squarely on the buyer. The house inspection will include a review of:
As a caution, it maybe prudent for the home inspector to take a look at the roof. Although this is usually the responsibility of the association, the roof may be in need of a repair, and it the buyer's unit is directly under that section of the roof, it could thwart an issue with leaks from the ceiling, causing mold or other possible water damage in the long run.
Don't hesitate to call Southfield Home Inspection for a condominium inspection or any type of home.
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