Boston condo buyers are always encouraged to make a home inspection a condition of a purchase offer. While home inspections are advertised as a way to detect issues with major house systems like the foundation and roof, this doesn’t mean inspections aren’t relevant for condo buyers. Just as with single-family homes, Boston condos can have issues with the plumbing, HVAC system, and more. Here’s why a home inspection is a good idea when you’re buying a condo.

1. You’re Responsible for In-Unit Repairs

Many people enjoy condo living because it’s low maintenance. Your condo fees pay for maintenance and repairs to common elements of the property like the roof, amenities, and landscaping. However, your unit can still experience issues you’ll be responsible for. As a buyer, it’s important to understand the condition of the unit’s plumbing, electrical, heating, and cooling systems. After all, if your bathtub or sink develops a major leak, replacing damaged hardwood floors could cost thousands of dollars.

2. You Should Understand the Building’s Overall Condition

Your condo unit isn’t a self-contained system. There will be other units above, below, and/or to either side of your condo. The unit above yours is especially important to consider. A home inspector can check for signs that something is going on upstairs, like evidence of moisture or leaks that may affect your unit.

3. You’ll Be Able to Tell If Any Appliances Need to Be Replaced Soon

Make sure to get a thorough inspection of all major appliances. Your inspector will let you know whether the appliances are working, how old they are, if they have been recalled by the manufacturer, and about how long they’re expected to last before they need to be replaced. This part of the inspection can ensure you aren’t buying a condo with a major appliance that will need to be replaced within the year.

4. You Can Discover Fire Hazards

Fires can spread quickly in a condo, and not all fire hazards are obvious. An experienced home inspector will report any fire hazards found in the condo that should be corrected. Common fire hazards found in condos include:

  • Plastic dryer ducts
  • Extension cords on permanent appliances
  • Wiring defects
  • Improper smoke alarm placement or old smoke alarms
  • Aluminum wiring, which may be found in condos built or rewired between 1965 and 1972

5. You Can Get an Exterior Inspection

Most condo inspections are interior only, which does not include common areas like the roof and exterior. This type of inspection is good for a large tower condominium, but it’s not the only option. A full inspection will check the exterior of the building, parking lots, basements, common areas, and the roof if possible, which will give you a better idea of the overall condition of the condo building. The information you learn can be combined with the HOA disclosure, condo fees, and anticipated special assessments for a bigger picture of what you’re buying.

6. You’ll Have Leverage to Negotiate

The findings of your condo inspection won’t just help you make an informed decision. The report can also be used to negotiate repairs or a lower price for the condo. If the report turns up safety hazards, water damage, malfunctioning appliances, or improper repairs, you can request that the seller reduce the price, repair the issues, or provide funds for you to make the repairs.

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John Ford
John Ford
EXPERIENCE

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.



HISTORY

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.




John Ford
Ford Realty Inc
137 Charles Street
Boston, Ma 02114

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