* DISCOUNTED FEE: I am offering a reduced rate for some condo apartments that are within 2 miles of my Allston office. Call for details.
Condominiums can offer their owners some protection from being financially overwhelmed by expensive maintenance and repair bills. However, this is not always the case. I have inspected some condo buildings where special assessments for unanticipated repairs have exceeded $60,000 (sixty thousand) per owner.
There is a margin of safety when you are buying into a building that has substantial reserves (i.e. actual cash in a bank and not just a pre-approved credit option for a loan)
Real Estate salespersons are a good source of information about other Home Inspectors. They will often say things like: “why are you doing that? --- other inspectors don’t do that, you’re spending more time than other inspectors do” etc. I do extra things to save my clients from making a purchase that they may regret. At least one third of the flat roofs I inspect need replacement, (even if they are new), because they have not been checked for leaks by maintenance people or other Home Inspectors. A specific procedure is necessary to see if a roof has leaks and I am aware of only one other Inspector who performs this procedure. I like to alert my clients to the potential problems that major repairs to heating equipment, below ground garages, and defective siding such as EIFS can engender. I have saved many clients from getting stuck in the wrong condominium property. Most inspectors do not pay enough attention to common elements. I realize the importance of being aware of the condition of the common areas as well as the unit. Some buyers assume that common areas and equipment are part of the inspection and if their inspector has not reported any problems there that all is well. Clients should ask their inspector about what common elements he will be looking at.
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