What you can expect the inspector to inspect
Home inspections are conducted for the purpose of confirming that a property is in good working order, as well as identifying any problems that may currently exist. Even if the condominium association is responsible for maintenance outside of the unit, you have the inspector look at exterior areas. Many inspectors will also note items that may pose a problem in the near future and give tips on how to properly maintain your condominium.
Buyers - Many of the issues an inspector identifies will be minor ones, that when added up, can be a concern and you may want to request the seller address the most important issues.
Sellers - To avoid having to renegotiate the sale or, even worse, have your condo sale fall apart, you can prepare your home for a more positive inspection by addressing issues ahead of time.
Hiring a professional inspector (www.ASHI.com) to inspect your condo prior to placing it on the market, as well as looking your condominium over yourself, can save you a lot headaches and stress down the road.
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Red Flags - That May Cost You Money
- Cracked heat exchanger
- Moisture in basement
- Low water pressure
- Malfunctioning windows
- Failing A/C compressor
- Horizontal foundation cracks
- Roof leaks
- Undersized electrical system
- Knob and tube wiring
- Insect infestation
- Aluminum wiring
- Poor grading
- Chimney settlement or separation
- Enviromental hazards