Hi to all...I am find that a substantial percentage of my inspection business is coming from the condo market and believe it or not you guys are an extremely important part of my job.
I pride myself on going out of my way to do the best job possible which can sometimes cost me money (read as time consuming)
The reason is I do not as a whole usually charge for a go back.When I do an inspection I do not develope tunnel vision by only looking between the walls.This is important particularly in smaller unit buildings.
Please remember that roof and basement common area access can be important to completion of my duties,as when the roof leaks my client will be expected to cough up hard earned money to pay for repairs through assessments and would like to know the condition ahead of time.
Sometimes the compressor for the split HVAC system is located on the roof , so how can I inspect it with out seeing it.
When it comes down to the basement area at the very least I would like to see the main disconnect for his unit as the breakers in the apartment are really just a sub panel(ok remote distribution panel for all you NEC code purists out there).
I personally do not charge for the pain of going back and know that your time is also valuable to you,so please try and arrange for entry to these areas with the listing agent or unit owner on the top floor if necassary and neither one of us will need to spend the extra time and gas to get past this process.
Oh did I forget to mention the client will appreciate the exta effort too.
Thanks as I realize you to have a lot on the plate,so I hope this reminder will help us both.
Bob Elliott Chicago Property Inspection