Home Inspection for Your New Condo: What to Expect
What the Inspector Does
A private home inspector typically spends around an hour or two in the unit, checking out the HVAC system, plumbing and electrical systems, and the floors, doors and windows.
Should you watch? Sure! You’ll learn more by being there than you would by just reading the report later. The inspector can tell you how serious (or not) each recorded issue actually is.
Many items an inspection uncovers might be minor, however the hardous items can be concerning. Talking with the inspector can alleviate concerns.
Tips to Maximize the Home Inspection for Your New Condo’s Usefulness
Before the inspection:
- Find out if the inspector needs special access to community HVAC, lifts, or other key systems in order to carry out the inspection.
- Learn whether future HVAC replacement requires an association-approved contractor.
- Get insight into the property’s condition by requesting the past year’s association meeting minutes.
- Ask the inspector what you need to know about the condo’s shared plumbing or soundproofing.
Issues arising during an inspection may let you bargain with the seller for one or more concessions. The seller can:
- Make the needed fixes;
- Escrow funds for the repairs
- Drop the asking price.