Generally there are two types of condo/townhouse inspections:
Condo “Interior Only” Inspection
The first is the “Interior Only” condo inspection. This will cover everything from the sheetrock in, or as others may say, from paint-to-paint.
For the most part, this covers all that the home owner is responsible for when owning a condo. The other external items, roof/crawlspace/attic/siding/etc, are covered by the dues paid into the Homeowners Association, but this may not always be the case so be sure to refer to your HOA guidelines.
The “Interior Only” condo inspection will focus on health/safety, moisture intrusion, functional testing, and inspecting for components improperly installed, nearing or exceeding their design life.
The second type of inspection is a complete interior and exterior inspection for townhouses. This will cover all items included in the “Interior Only,” as well as the exterior siding, roof, crawlspace, and attic. The exterior will be limited to the exterior components directly attached to the townhouse unit in question.
Understanding the complex inspection is limited to safe access to the above mentioned components. The inspector will not inspect areas which will endanger him and/or potentially damage the property.
New Construction Inspection:
A new home construction inspection is recommended for a variety of reasons. It is a minimal investment and you gain a good deal of a “peace of mind”.
If you are buying a 500k home, and your inspection cost is approx. $500, your investment is .001% the cost of your home. This gives you not only a peace of mind, but onsite education and a report to go back to the builder with to tell them what needs to be remedied. This is very difficult to do once you are in the home.
For example, you notice broken tile in the master bathroom three weeks after moving in. You call the builder and ask him to fix it… Possible answer – “no problem we’ll be right over.” More realistic answer – you broke the tile, so if you want us to fix your broken tile, it’s going to cost you X-amount of dollars.
If you have questions regarding condo or townhouse inspections, please email our office manager Danielle at Danielle[at]KeyInspectionServices.com.