Boston downtown condos are ideal for investors who want stylish amenities, minimal maintenance and the ability to live in coveted locations. Before agreeing to purchase a Boston condo in Downtown/Midtown, however, it is important to look for signs of damage that the seller hasn’t disclosed. A comprehensive inspection will include a review of both the interior and exterior of the property. It will also entail an in-depth examination of all common areas and recent condo meeting minutes. Following is the essential condo checklist for all prospective condo buyers.
Check to see that the water heater is up to code and look for signs of past water damage or current leaks around all fixtures, sinks, pipes and appliances. It is also important to check the water pressure in the unit by flushing the toilet.
The kitchen and bathrooms should be well-maintained with cabinets and drawers that are easy to open and close. Make sure that there are no gaps in the caulking around shower and tub areas and check all appliances to ensure that these are clean and in good condition.
Check all electrical outlets, switches and lights to determine whether or not these are functioning like they should. Electrical testers are often used by inspectors to verify that all outlets are working. The HVAC system should also be capable of both cooling and heating the property within an acceptable amount of time.
Doors should have a tight seal when closed so that no air can enter the unit or leave it. These should also be hung sufficiently low for preventing drafts. Windows shouldn’t have condensation or the telltale signs of recent mold. It is additionally important to test the doorbell.
Check for signs of past water damage on the ceiling and floors. Loose floorboards, tiles, or carpeting are indicative of a previous flood. Water spots or bulges on the ceiling indicate previous water damage from above. Inspectors should additionally check for signs of water damage just outside of the front door in order to determine whether or not water supply lines have developed leaks in the past.
Make sure that outdoor lighting is both adequate and functional and that all walkways are clear of debris. Landscaped areas should be well-maintained and in-tune with the general atmosphere of the living community.
Review recent HOA minutes to see whether or not there have been any significant exterior or maintenance issues within recent months. Learn whether there have been significant structural costs and find out about the related repairs and repair costs for these. Signs of substandard maintenance in any of these areas suggest that funds are either mismanaged or low.
See whether or not a technical audit has been performed recently to support the reserved fund audit. This will reveal projected problems and the overall condition of the condo building.
Interested in buying a condo, penthouse, or loft in Downtown/Midtown? Call to speak with the experienced Downtown/Midtown Boston real estate experts at Ford Realty. We special in the downtown neighborhood and can help you find your next dream Boston condo.
Sorry we are experiencing system issues. Please try again.
Even with the projections interest rates will increase slighly in the next 12 months, we are stil well below the historic levels.
Click Here: Back to Boston Real Estate Home Search
Back to homepage: Boston condos for sale
Ford Realty – Boston Real Estate Google Reviews 2019
Contact me to find out more about Boston condos for sale or to set up an appointment to see it.
John Ford, Broker
Janet Lamb, Vice President
137 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 720-5454 (9:00 – 5:00 EST)
(617) 595-3712 (On Call Broker After Hours)