Buying a Beacon Hill condo or a Boston Seaport condo for sale is a big deal, and you want to make sure there are no surprises with any of the systems once you own the property. There are typically two types of standard inspections done in downtown Boston. One is a home inspector, and the other is a termite inspector/

Both should be conducted by a certified professional from a reputable company that conducts most of its inspections with downtown Boston real estate on a regular basis. The inspector will go through the fundamental components of the property, which include a look at the electrical, plumbing and heating systems. The inspection will extend to the overall condition of the foundation and structural support, which extends to crawl and attic spaces. The roof will also be evaluated. What the inspector is looking for are any deficiencies, and he or she then can make recommendations for repair, or defer a particular item to a more specialized professional. For example, if there are any signs of issues with the electrical, the inspector may recommend having a licensed MA electrician view the Beacon Hill condo that you’re interested in buying.

A termite inspection covers the condition of the wood throughout the Beacon Hill building, as well as structural support. You’ll get the scoop on whether there’s earth-to-wood contact, termite damage, or dry rot. The written report will typically include estimates for all items, which are recommended repairs. It’s ideal to have a termite inspection for review in a disclosure package so buyers have an idea as to how much they may have to spend to do repairs in the future. 

Other inspections you can have done are related to Beacon Hill condos for sale with fireplaces (particularly if they haven’t been used in a while), 

Some inspectors will turn on washer/dryers and other appliances to make sure they’re operating properly. It’s also a good idea to turn on the heat (or air conditioning, if that’s available), and a gas fireplace. If you’re not in a position to have appliances checked, including a home warranty in your purchase is an excellent idea. The warranty covers repairs for the first year of your ownership and is about $500.

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