All about Boston condo home inspections

When purchasing a Boston Seaport condo for sale, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the entire process. Not only do you have to find a qualified real estate agent to assist with the process, but you will also need to work with a number of other professionals throughout the purchasing process. 

One of these experts is the home inspector. In order to ensure you get the most out of your home inspection, it is important to learn more about the process and how it might affect your Boston Beacon Hill condo purchase.

What is a Home Inspection?

As the name implies, a home inspection involves reviewing the condition of the Boston downtown condo in order to determine what types of repairs might be necessary. Items that are typically inspected as part of the process include:

– Basement  
– Ceilings 
– Central air conditioning system 
– Electrical systems 
– Doors 
– Floors 
– Foundation 
– Heating system 
– Insulation 
– Plumbing 
– Roof 
– Structure 
– Walls 
– Windows

Many Boston condo home inspectors will also allow additional services to be included in the inspection process. Additional tests that might be added to the inspection include radon testing, mold testing and water testing. Don’t be worried if you’re home doesn’t receive all of these tests as they are often regional in inclusion. For example, homes in downtown Boston may not require the same tests as a Lexington,Ma single-family home , simply because of the prevalence of different problems in different regions.

Why Should I Get a Home Inspection?

While a home inspection does not serve as a guarantee that you won’t encounter problems with your home, it does provide you with an effective bargaining chip when negotiating the purchase. If there are problems with the home, for example, you might insist upon having those problems corrected before you will finalize the deal. Or, you might negotiate a lower price in response to the problems the home inspector found.

In addition to having a bargaining chip, getting your home inspected will also help to protect your safety. While home inspectors do not check whether or not the home and its systems meet local building codes, they will report any safety concerns they find during the inspection. With this information, you can take the steps necessary to make your home safe before you move in.

Do I Have to Attend the Home Inspection?

While you do not have to attend the home inspection, it can be helpful to be present while the inspector does his or her job. This way, the inspector can explain the problems he or she encounters and can answer any questions you might have. Even if no problems are encountered, attending the inspection can help you become more familiar with your future Boston high rise condo

Will the Home Inspector Offer a Warranty?

In some cases, home inspectors offer 90 day warranties that cover certain items. It is important to note that these warranties are less comprehensive than those that are sometimes presented by real estate agents. Therefore, if you are interested in obtaining a warranty, it is important to explore all of your options to ensure you are getting the warranty that best suits your needs.

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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John Ford and his staff can be reached at 617-595-3712 or 617-720-5454. Please feel free to stop by John's Boston Beacon Hill office located at 137 Charles Street.

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