A decade ago, finding a condo and shifting was considered easy. People always thought getting a condo in places like Miami is a dream come true. At that time, people were not aware of the things that has to be seen and assured while buying a condominium. Now since people are aware of buying a condominium, inspection has become not only for assuring the property but also one of the must do things. Here are a few things that require to be inspected before one decides to buy a condo:
Before even entering the condo one needs to make sure that the exterior is flawless. In most of the condos, associations take care of the maintenance, repairs, and defects thus many people consider this as not the buyers’ responsibility. However, if something needs to be done from the part of association then it should be beforehand told to them. Once the condo id handed over all the repairs is done by association but the buyer has to pay for it. The places in the exterior area where the inspection should be done are:
Roofs – Check whether the roof has any dent or leak cracks or holes.
Shared walls – Check whether the shared walls are well structured and doesn’t have a crack or has deformed.
Ventilation outlets – Fresh air is very important and if the outlets are not designed well for air circulation and have been damaged then it is better to fix it before making a deal.
Renovating issues – Most of the condos are renovated after every four years. Check all the outer area of the building where it has been renovated. Check for patched works and then confirm the renovation has not deformed the structure.
After the initial inspection of the exterior of the building. The inspection should be done for the accessibility too. It is best to contact the supervisor or in charge of the building or the association. This is required to understand the accessories of the building and how to access them when in need. The inspection should be done in these areas:
Heating and cooling system – The source for the heating and cooling system should be well accessed.In tall buildings it is situated on the top and on small buildings it will be on the backside of the house. One has to scan through the ducts, the airflow, and pipes. In recent times explosion of pipes due to air, the blockage has given a lot of trouble to the owners.
Wall Cladding – The walls which are shared between two buildings should be well checked. The cracks in the walls, the renovation, and the work done by the craftsman have to be well inspected so that once one transfer into a new home there shouldn’t be a problem on the shared wall.
Parking Space -The parking space which may just give a glance and do not care that much has to be well checked. The security of the parking space, the shutters, the ventilation, the light system should be well examined. The space for the vehicle and maintenance also should be seen thoroughly. The parking space is the place where no one stays but the asset stays for a long period of time. Assessing the space will help to clear the hassle which might come later due to improper parking space and conditions.
Lobbies – Less cared in the past but the attraction for many in the present is the lobby area. The lobby areas need to be inspected with the utmost care. Check for tiles, decorations, ceiling and the area. One might encounter cracked tiles, broken decorations in this place.
While most people do a thorough interior inspection of the condo but there might be something missing to check as the interior is the place the buyer lives. The place where one actually lives needs to be well inspected and documented. Here are some key places to check for the interior of the condo:
Staircases – Less referred but highly useful are the staircases. The staircases if are too polished then it is slippery and if it is too rough then it will hamper in the movement itself. Thus the work on the staircase, the uneven gaps between ladders are essential. If the buyer has children, then it makes more sense to check stairs. New home buyers prefer wooden stairs than cemented ones as causality is less from the fall.
Rooms – Rooms inspection should be done as per the demand of the buyer. If the buyer wants a certain number of master bedroom and bathroom it has to be monitored that way. The finishing of the walls, reworked places, renovated areas has to be checked minutely. The position of the room and the ventilation should also be inspected.
Basement – Basement is not only important for storing liquors but also is very important for other kinds of stuff too. The walls in the basement. The entry point of the basement should be well checked.
Attic – In most of the condos attic is important. In some attic, you can have a small bedroom itself but if the attic is not well constructed then water leakage occurs. Thus when one inspects the exterior and the roof at that time attic too should be checked.
Not only exterior, interior, and accessibility should be inspected but there are other things that need to be inspected before giving a green signal to buy a condo. Check for Radon level in the house. Usually, Radon is trapped in tall buildings. Also, one needs to check for pests and surroundings. If the area has a lot of pests, then the distance from pest control to condo must also be considered. Inspection of condos are a must before shifting. This not only helps you to shift properly without a feeling of hesitance regarding the place but also will make you cautious about the new building you are shifting to. Always follow these when carrying out condo inspections Miami FL.