Condo Inspection (Purchase)

Did you realize that when you purchase one unit in a complex you are buying a portion of every unit.

Unit number 15 falling down? Then you have to pay for part of that!

At Access Home Inspection Services Inc. we complete a visual external examination of other units and accessible common areas. Providing you with an independent opinion to either back up or contradict the condominium documents. 

Is it noted in the condo documents that the parking lot needs to be redone? That all the roofs are within 5 years of end of life?  These are important questions!

If it is not noted in the documents this could mean in a year or two the condo fee’s may go up, potentially costing you thousands of dollars.

Don’t get sucked into a money pit

A condo is a more complex system than a house made up of many different sub-systems, where you will be spending at least 8 hours a day. If one of these systems is not functioning correctly you may be sitting on a money pit. (say unit 15 has structural issues).

A typical condo inspection begins about 30 minutes before you get to the inspection where I’ll be setting up and getting started with the inspection.

A condo inspection is a non-invasive visual examination of a home. It involves crawling around/under/in;  decks, trees, crawlspaces, attics, sump pumps, closets, basements, roofs, garages, furnaces, kitchens, hot-water tanks, bedrooms, etc using a variety of specialized tools; moisture meters, thermal imaging cameras, voltage checkers, GFCI testers, etc and organizing this into a clear concise report for you that is easy to understand.

Note: Not all areas of the common areas of the condo will be accessible (particularly on multi family, multi story condos) or can only be inspected from the ground. This can include, but is not limited to roof, attic, boiler room or inside of other units (to see roof leaks or foundation leaks). We are unable to test the operation of sump pumps, controls, outlets, fixtures or other items in the common areas. We are unable to test the operation of heating, cooling, or air exchange units in the common areas other than to comment on damage or leaks visible. We are unable to open electrical panels in common areas. We may be limited in areas that we can visit at the exterior by fencing or landscaping.

I conduct my inspections using InterNACHI standards of practice, you can find these standards by clicking here.

Below is a list of some of the items that I check:

♦  Roof, vents, flashings and trim;
♦  Gutters and downspouts;
♦  Skylight, chimney and other roof penetrations;
♦  Decks, stoops, porches, walkways and railings;
♦  Eaves, soffit and fascia;
♦  Grading and drainage;
♦  Basement, foundation and crawlspace;
♦  Water penetration and foundation movement;
♦  Heating systems;
♦  Cooling systems;
♦  Main water shut-off valves;
♦  Water heating system;
♦  Interior plumbing fixtures and faucets;
♦  Drainage sump pumps with accessible floats;
♦  Electrical service line and meter box;
♦  Main disconnect and service amperage;
♦  Electrical panels, breakers and fuses;
♦  Grounding and bonding;
♦  GFCIs and AFCIs;
♦  Fireplace damper door and hearth;
♦  Insulation and ventilation;
♦  Garage doors, safety sensors and openers;
♦  and more