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Condo Inspections

We conduct our condo inspections using the same wide range of investigative tools and techniques as we do for our home inspections.

Condo inspections consider far more than just the unit or apartment. Some building designs are more susceptible to leaking than others. With our experience we’re able to look for the areas that tend to have the most potential for concern. Things like, water ingress issues, high humidity situations and mold.
If this is your first home, here are some points to help you deal with some issues that are unique to purchasing a condo or multi-family low rise.

  • Ask for the Strata Council Minutes for the last 2 years.
  • Read the minutes & highlight deficiencies you find or things you don’t understand.
  • Ask if there is an Engineering Building Envelope Report for review.
  • Get a copy of the Form ‘B’ financials.
  • Bring all documents to the inspection and ask the inspector to review them with you.
  • Speak to the Strata Council President or Property Manager about known deficiencies and other concerns.
  • If the building is 20 years or older, confirm whether the domestic water supply lines to the suites are the original copper installation

Just because a condo may not have any visible signs present doesn’t mean that the building is in tip-top shape. You can rely on Cornerstone Building Inspections to thoroughly inspect and report on any areas that may be a concern.

If you are the owner of a condo we also do 2, 5, and 10 year warranty review inspections.

Here are some of the information that we’re going to be reporting on during a condo inspection.

Roof: Building Envelope:
  • life expectancy of the roof coverings
  • perimeter metal flashing fatigue
  • roof vents & plumbing stack adequacy
  • mechanical equipment efficency
  • pre-1999 exteriors with troublesome E.I.F.S. or stucco wall cladding
  • signs of possible water ingress around windows and openings
  • exceptional staining and cracks on exterior walls
  • balconies
Common Areas – Underground Parking: Mechanical Equipment:
  • paved driveways / access areas
  • parkade – premature water ingress through suspended concrete slabs and perimeter foundation walls, structural cracks & exposed rebar, adequacy of mechanical ventilation & provision for carbon monoxide emission control
  • general opinion on the life expectancy of boilers & domestic water heating systems
  • validation and pressurization of sprinkler systems
  • detection of natural gas emissions
Storage Area: Common Areas – Interior:
  • proficient installation of sprinkler system and heat sensor
  • provision for adequate ventilation and lighting
  • means of egress in emergency situations
  • provision for adequate fresh air into hallways
  • humidity levels inside swimming pool, hot tub areas
Apartment:
  • physical condition
  • electrical – possible aging, aluminum wiring & unsafe practices
  • plumbing & heating
  • appliances
  • air quality
  • mold / mildew
  • humidity
  • windows
  • sprinkler heads
  • clothes dryer vents
  • balconies

Whether you’re looking to buy a condo or you’re considering putting yours on the market, we’ve been helping to make informed decision on condos since 1995 – call 604-618-6870 today.

 

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