How to Conduct a Condominum Inspection

Condominium inspections should cover the interior of the sale unit and the common elements of the building. Use a qualified home inspector with experience in condominium inspections. Walk through the condominium inspection with the inspector. Don't be afraid to ask questions.

Common elements include the roof, facade, boiler, elevator, plumbing mains, gas meters and master breakers. The condominium association performs maintenance of common elements and systems using funds (HOA fees or common charges) collected from the individual condominium owners. 

If common elements need repair, check the condominium association's financial documents. Be certain that funds are being set aside on a schedule to pay for these expenses. If the association hasn't reserved funds for large capital improvements, it will instate a large assessment  to cover the repairs, perhaps at an inconvenient time. 

Inside the unit, the condominium inspection should look at the individual HVAC system, water heater, circuit breakers, outlets, and plumbing. Check the floor boards for excessive give or sponginess. Look at the walls and ceilings around windows and plumbing for water stains or bulging drywall. Any of these can indicate a water leak. Most leaks within the walls or heating system must be fixed by the condominium association. If leaks are coming from the unit above, the upstairs owner may be responsible. 



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