Buying A Home From The Home Inspectors Perspective, Condos & Townhouses
Part 6 - Buying A Condo Or Townhouse From A Home Inspectors Perspective
If you dislike doing yard work and other outside chores, then a condo or Townhouse may be right for you. Condos and townhouses are also normally associated with inner city living for those who enjoy the benefits of being in the middle of it all. With little or no yard work and convenient to shopping, dining, schools and work, they may be a good fit for your lifestyle.
Keep in mind that condos and townhouses have many of the same attributes as most homes and should be professionally inspected when they are bought or sold. As a buyer, you will still want to know the condition of everything from the foundation to the shingles. And, the condition of these items on the units that attach to yours.
Condos and Townhouses normally have adjoining or continuous foundations and roofing structures much like an apartment. The unit you are considering should still be inspected for these elements as well as the traditional items included in today's home inspections. Attics and fire rated blockage should be checked as well as the condition of the roof coverings down to the slab. So, yes, you will want to hire a Professional Home Inspector who is experience in inspecting these kinds of properties.
If your condo or townhouse is a two story, you will also want to fully understand the condition of stairways and balconies. Are the balusters property spaced? Are the hand rails properly mounted? Are balconies safety cantilevered into the building structure? How well has the condo or townhouse you are considering been maintained and kept up with today's Texas Standards of Practice? A certified, licensed Professional Home Inspector is trained to know and report these conditions to you.
In an apartment, the building owner is responsible for repairs, maintenance and upgrades. When you buy a condo or townhouse, you are the owner and are responsible for the home just like any other structure. And sometime, there are HOAs (Home Owner Associations) which govern everything from the pets you can have to what kinds of vehicles you can park in your driveway.
Is a condo or townhouse right for you and your family? Maybe so, but, what ever type of housing you choose, please, for your own well being, don't neglect the importance of a home inspection.