The Ins & Outs of Condo Home Inspections

August 2nd, 2022

Ins-Outs-of-Condo-Home-Inspections.jpg A home inspection is a visual assessment of a residential property that is carried out by a licensed inspector. Its purpose is to identify any issues that may significantly impact the value and functionality of the home in question.

Since purchasing a home is likely one of the largest investments you’ll make in your life, ensuring you know all there is to know about the townhomes and condos for sale that have piqued your interest is absolutely essential. Because of this, home inspections are a crucial part of the condo buying process in San Diego, CA.

In this article, we’ll explain how home inspectors go about examining condos and how these inspections differ from regular home inspections. Read on to learn more.

What is typically looked for in a condo home inspection?

In a condominium, most (if not all) of the building’s system are common elements. This means that repair and maintenance services for essential systems such as electrical, heating, cooling, plumbing, and roofing, are covered by the fees that the condo’s residents pay on a regular basis.

In a standard house inspection, the inspector examines all of these systems to ensure there aren’t any major issues that could be dangerous or expensive to fix. In a condo inspection, the inspector doesn’t have to spend a lot of time on these systems since they’re already being looked after by the specialists who work for the condo corporation.

A condo inspection typically checks the following:

  • Electrical within the condo
  • Plumbing within the condo
  • Heating units
  • Cooling units
  • Signs of mold
  • Signs of pests
  • Roof
  • Signs of overheating behind the walls
  • Window efficiency
  • Signs of leaky pipes
  • Health of appliances
  • Insulation
  • Whether railings, toilet bowls, countertops, etc., are properly installed.

How long does a condo home inspection take?

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Different condos have different sizes and use systems of varying complexities. As a general rule, you can expect your condo home inspection to last 1-3 hours.

Can home inspectors touch things?

Yes, but they’re not allowed to perform any destructive testing. Certified inspectors are trained to identify problems without needing to take down fixtures, open walls, raise floors, or do anything else that may damage the property. For this reason, they carry thermal imaging devices and other tools that enable them to find issues that wouldn’t be visible otherwise.

It’s important to remember that, since an inspector can’t go into other people’s condos or break open the walls to examine the building’s systems, it’s impossible to be 100% sure that there isn’t an issue elsewhere in the building that may have a negative effect on your condo.
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This is why home inspectors require their clients to sign a waiver of liability to confirm that they won’t hold the inspector accountable for unseen problems that couldn’t be identified by the inspection.

Where can I find well-built townhomes and condos for sale in San Diego, CA?

Established 1981, Neuman & Neuman is the leading team of highly experienced and knowledgeable real estate specialists who can assist you at all stages of the property buying or selling process.

Whether you want to assess the value of a particular townhouse in Grantville, or you need to get the relevant paperwork and other things sorted prior to your upcoming move, or anything else real estate-related, we’re the company to call. Get in touch with us today.

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