What is it covered in a Condo Inspection?
Inspecting and testing the appliances
Most of the appliances are considered “not permanently installed “and are not covered in a typical home or condo inspection. The certified inspector is checking and testing the appliances for the client as a courtesy. Under the standards of practice and home inspector associations, the inspectors are not required to inspect the appliances.
Inspecting the floors, ceilings, windows and walls
The windows should be easy operable, free of cracks or moisture between the panes. All open able windows should have screens. Structural cracks on the walls may indicate a problem with the foundation. If the floors sloped, they may be warped or damaged, indicating that they may need to be replaced and that there may be an underlying problem, such as water damage. The windows and doors could be damaged by water leakage, moisture intrusion or lack of proper sealing at the exterior.
Inspecting the Electrical System
A home inspector should inspect and test the electrical system in your unit. A condo inspection should include testing the outlets, lights and switches. The service panel or main electrical panel is the most important component in the electrical system. An illegal or improper electrical system can pose fire hazard and your lender may not approve the loan if the issues are not corrected. An inspector may also check for electrical system updates, check and test the ground fault interrupter (GFCI) outlets in the balconies,roof taps, patios, bathrooms and kitchen.
Inspecting the HVAC systems
The inspector should inspect and test the furnace and air conditioning units (if whether permitted) in all condominium inspections if they are present. Improper clearances, moisture, disconnected duct, flues and leaking plumbing connections should be reported in the condo inspection report. In most cases the inspector recommends servicing of the heating units prior the closing.