Home Inspections of Adult Orientated +55 Strata & Co-op Properties

Home Inspector with EKAN Home Inspection CPBC #69177

As we age, our housing needs change and downsizing becomes a viable option. For those of us fitting the +55 category there are specific features we should be looking for to make our next property both safe and comfortable.


Buyers who are focused on age restricted co-op or strata apartments have some very specific expectations regarding what they want to see in their ideal property. Profiling my North Shore and Sunshine Coast +55 buyers I hear the following common needs and wants:

  • No surprises

  • Safe & secure

  • Quite & peaceful

  • Comfortable

  • No maintenance

  • Lock & go

  • Close proximity to transit

  • Walkable to amenities

  • Big enough for grandkids to visit

  • Assigned parking

  • Elevator

  • Visitors parking

  • Balcony or patio


By comparison, as a property inspector for an apartment or building specifically targeting the +55 demographic, I consider the following issues and features important to making an informed purchasing decision.

  • Issues with owner-occupied apartment

  • Issues & major future expenditures for common areas

  • Slips, trips and fall hazards

  • Fire escape routes

  • Extra hand rails

  • Kid-proofed for grandkids

  • Noise-proofed from neighbours

  • Exterior ramps

  • Non-slip flooring

  • Wheelchair access

  • Emergency preparedness

  • Age-appropriate bathroom modifications

  • Door & window fitted with safety locks and stops


Certainly the above inspection list is applicable to all age groups. However with +55 clients I consider it essential to point out those elements that have been specifically included, or lack of, for their exclusive benefit and safety.


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EKAN Home & Property Inspections

Sunshine Coast, North Vancouver, West Vancouver 

Comments (3)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Eugene, very complete list of the 55+ buyers I work with too, and their concerns on an inspection.

Oct 25, 2016 03:55 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Eugene Kanciar This is an excellent home inspection report for adult oriented 55+, Strata, and co-op properties.

Oct 25, 2016 10:25 AM
Eugene Kanciar
EKAN Home Inspection - West Vancouver, BC
Our Experience, Your Peace-of-Mind

Thanks for the feedback Joan and John! Those buyers looking at a +55 development should expect a certain level of thoughtfulness, more than just an age-restricted complex.

Oct 25, 2016 01:30 PM