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Condominium Co-Op Inspections

Having a certified condo inspection conducted before purchasing a home or property is incredibly important. Not only are inspections of condominiums and cooperative housing (co-ops) of equal magnitude, they are required, when purchasing this type of property. Although the overall concept of a condo/co-op inspection is similar, there are many differences regarding jointly shared features, as well as types of systems and their functions.

At Certified Home Inspectors, not only will we conduct a thorough inspection of the individual unit or space, but on the common or jointly shared areas and features, as well. Our certified, licensed professionals are experts who understand the differences between the codes, laws, and concerns specific to condominiums and cooperative housing versus private homes. Our inspectors have the knowledge, skill, and experience to assess that systems and features that are unique to such housing. Upon completion of the inspection, our specialists will generate and provide you with a detailed report with their findings, so there are no surprises regarding the condition of the unit, building, or grounds.

Similarities to Standard Home Inspections – The interior of a unit is similar to that of a private home, which is why an inspector will look at many of the same aspects and features, as he/she would in a standard home inspection, such as:

  • Appliances
  • Electrical (outlets and electrical panel)
  • Ventilation and ductwork/vents
  • Heating and cooling systems
  • Water/plumbing
  • Structural issues
  • Leaks, cracks, drafts, damage, mold
  • Windows

Condominiums and co-ops also create very different situations because there are many feature and systems that are jointly shared. In most cases, there is a board or maintenance company that is responsible for inspections and maintaining the grounds, common areas, and many jointly shared features. And while placing the responsibility elsewhere, may offer many positive aspects, there is a great deal of potential for additional problems to arise, such as:

  • Maintenance fees
  • Joint/common repair costs
  • Security and safety issues
  • Speed at which repairs are completed
  • Damage from neighbors on either side, above, or below

Differences from a Standard Home Inspection – Inspections of condos and co-ops also differ because of the unique living situation and the concept of jointly shared features. Our certified professionals will also take inspect the following that are considered joint.

  • Balconies
  • Fire exits and related systems
  • Security measures
  • Garages/parking lots
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Roofs
  • Foundation/structure
  • Interior walls – (fire safety, insulation, and sound regulations)
  • Plumbing
  • Drainage – (gutters, sewers/cesspools)
  • Furnaces
  • Heating and A/C – HVAC
  • Basements/Storage
  • Common areas – (rec rooms, pools, playgrounds, gyms, community room)
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