We recommend that you review the following suggestions in order to make your property inspection a pleasing, informational and successful experience:
- Please notify the Real Estate Agent(s) and the Owner of the date, time, and approximate hours to be spent inspecting the property.
- Typically a Real Estate Agent and/or Owner(s) are present during the inspection. The common areas in a condominium building will require my access ( MEP rooms, the roof, the community rooms, garage, etc) and prior arrangements with the property management /owners is required. Multi-family homes will require access to all units and floors and arrangements with tenants must be coordinated.
- All utilities must be operational at the property: electrical power, water and gas service, and a filled oil tank.
- Obtain from the Condominium Association the following documentation: Replacement Reserve Report, Association Report, Operating Budget, Proposed Common Area Improvement Schedule, Special Assessments, Pending Claims and Litigation, and Board Minutes.
- All plumbing fixtures, hot water tanks, and heating and cooling systems must be operational.
- Properties with excessive amounts of belongings inhibit the inspection process and may result in deficient conditions not being observed.
- All animals or pets should be restrained or isolated during the inspection.
- Obtain from the Owner the Seller Disclosure Questionnaire.
- Obtain from the Owner the following: appliance and component service records; age of major components such as boiler, furnace, ac system, hot water tank, roofing, windows and doors; oil, gas, electrical, water/sewer and tax bills from previous years; copies of any previous home inspection reports; dates of major renovations such as additions, kitchens, baths, and decks; copies of all local building permits; reports on termite treatments, asbestos removal, lead paint testing, etc.; obtain a copy of the Title V Septic System report and the water well characteristics, flow rate, and water quality test where applicable
- A property inspection can be a stressful experience – “the more the merrier” does not hold true during the inspection. Try to keep your entourage to a minimum.
- Payment by cash or check is due at the end of inspection. Reports will not be released without payment.
- Do not schedule an inspection too late in the day or when rain or snow is anticipated. Daylight and proper weather is required to perform a proper inspection.
Following these guidelines will make your property inspection go smoothly!