AJ Deerey

A Condominium Inspection is not as detailed as a Single Family Home Inspection but it is just as important!

With a Condo Inspection most of it is looking at the structure, mechanics, electric, plumbing and systems inside the particular unit. We also check items such as; if the condo is facing the sun or the wind, listen for noises inside and outside the unit, check security and look at the garage area if there is one involved in the property.

Common elements such as hallways, facades and common mechanical systems typically aren’t examined by the inspector because they aren’t part of the specific unit you’re buying. These items are the responsibility of your condo association. The Association should be able to give you a Reserve Study that was done by the architects and engineers when the structure was built. This will give the building’s structural and mechanical elements along with anticipated maintenance and repair work to be done over the next 5 years.

Mold Inspection in a Condo can be imperative as well since you do not have access to your neighboring condo owners. Slab 2 Shingles will use infrared light to see inside your walls and detect any problems that are there or may arise in the future.

Prior to closing on a property the home buyer or a representative for the home buyer should conduct a pre-closing inspection.

This is when to take the prior home inspection list and make sure all of the items have either been addressed or fixed. Slab 2 Shingles will do this for a nominal fee at the Buyer’s Request.

Here is a general checklist:
Closing Inspection Services in Florida

GENERAL ELECTRICAL

  • Are the items agreed to be left by the seller present?
  • Do the lights come on at each switch?
  • Is there visible damage with the owner’s furniture now gone that you couldn’t see before?
  • Are all of the light fixtures and ceiling fans present and working?
  • Are the smoke detectors functional?
  • Do the breakers work correctly?

EXTERIOR AND STRUCTURE

  • Check cracks, or separations?
  • Have the repairs and painting been finished?
  • Are wooden decks and hand rails secure?
  • Have you walked around the property?

KITCHEN

  • Are the appliance accessories present?
  • Do the appliances still operate satisfactorily?
  • Are the instructions/warranties left for the appliances?
  • Do the cabinets, countertops, or floors appear damaged?

CRAWL SPACE, AIR DUCTS

  • Are the lowest portions dry?
  • Are crawl space vents open for good ventilation?
  • Do you see any wet spots?

HEATING AND COOLING*

  • Do the systems function when you operate the thermostat?
  • Are the air filters clean?
  • Any extra filters left?
  • Is there debris clogging the exterior air units?

LOT AND GROUNDS

  • Any changes to the driveway, patio, or sidewalks?
  • Are the fences tight, and do the gates operate?
  • Reset the automatic sprinkler to minimum setting.

GARAGE

  • Do the vehicle doors work smoothly and reverse?
  • Do you have the car door remote controls?
  • Do you see any damage with the personal items gone?

INTERIOR WALLS, CEILINGS, AND FLOORS

  • Are the carpets stained in closets near the shower areas?
  • Are there holes or damage from the move-out?
  • Are there broken or “fogged” windows or doors?

SURFACE WATER CONTROL

  • Has the re-grading (if any), been accomplished?
  • Are the gutters aligned and cleaned of debris?
  • Do the downspouts direct water positively away?

PLUMBING

  • Do the faucets and drains function satisfactorily?
  • Is there hot water at each appropriate location?
  • Do the toilets flush and cycle normally?
  • Check beneath each cabinet for leaks or moisture.

ROOF

  • Are there missing shingles since the last visit?
  • Have the roof repairs (if any), been performed?
  • Is the attic ventilation open and working if power?
  • Are the bushes and trees trimmed back and not touching?

Homebuyers of newly constructed homes may not be aware they may have an inspection clause included with their new home contract.

The truth is, a new homebuyer can greatly benefit from using a professional home inspector during the construction and completion of their new home.New Home Inspection Services in Florida

The majority of construction tasks (foundation, framing, plumbing, electrical, etc.) are usually subcontracted out to the lowest bidder, with speed, not quality being an important consideration for the builder. With many separate activities going on at the same time, it’s nearly impossible for the contractor/builder to personally monitor all phases of the home construction.

Don’t assume your builder — or the contractors — did everything right just because the home passed code. An inspector is your last line of defense against major defects that could quite literally sink your financial future.

Home Inspections

As we continue to go through season here in southwest Florida, the real estate market is heating up and more and more houses are being sold. Trust us to be your home inspector when purchasing a home. It is the biggest investment you will make.  Give us a call today to schedule an inspection BEFORE you make your home purchase.

 

Post-Storm Home Inspections

Many southwest Floridians were recently affected by the big storms we had over the weekend. The high winds, lighting, and rain has created a lot of damage around Naples and at many people’s homes. If you’re home was affected, or you want to make sure you didn’t miss any damage, give us a call today and let us give you a detailed home inspection. We hope everyone is safe and healthy and doing better this Monday morning.

Radon Testing

Check out some of the frequently asked questions about what Radon is and if getting your home tested for it is important.

http://sosradon.org/real%20estate

“The EPA recommends that all houses, regardless of what radon zone the house is located in, be tested for radon during point of sale.”