We’ve mentioned previously that condo inspections can differ from inspections of single family residences. According to our inspectors, here are some of the most common questions our inspectors get when they are inspecting a condo:
- Are the foundation and roof included in the scope of the inspection?
- The HOA is generally responsible for these systems, but the inspection depends on where the unit is located. If it is on the ground floor, the inspector will inspect the foundation and digital measurements for discrepancies in height and sloping. If the unit is adjacent to the roof and the roof is not too high, the inspector may include the roof in the inspection report.
- Who is responsible for repairs to the ceiling if the roof has leaked?
- In most cases, the HOA is responsible for the repair of the roof, but the ceiling inside the living space is usually the responsibility of the homeowner.
- Are there firewalls between the units?
- It’s common that firewalls are built between condo units in newer complexes. Firewalls are less common in older buildings. This is also something the inspector will determine on site.
- Is the AC included in the scope of the inspection?
- Some of the main limitations our inspectors may encounter include the HVAC and water heaters in mid-rise or hi-rise condos. The inspector may or may not be able to access the AC unit or the water heater depending on their locations. The functionality of the HVAC can still be tested and the inspector can still take temperature readings at the returns. Likewise, the inspector can still run the hot water in the unit to determine whether the water heater is heating efficiently.
- Is a termite inspection recommended in a condo?
- This is also a service that may be limited by the layout of the residence. Some loans, such as VA loans, may require a termite inspection to be done. While there may be some limitations, there are still areas that the inspector can access to look for evidence of termite activity.
Regulations may differ from HOA to HOA, but your inspector may provide you information and insight as to what limitations they may have encountered during the inspection appointment. If you are unable to attend the inspection appointment, our call center staff would be happy to assist you in getting in touch with your inspector to provide clarification on any questions that you may have. Contact Bryan & Bryan Inspections today by calling (866) 484-8318 or schedule a condo inspection now. We also offer mold inspections, commercial inspections, stucco services, new construction inspections, and more.