Jennifer, North Vancouver
Buying a condominium is much more complicated than purchasing a single family house. You will obtain legal ownership of the strata unit AND shared ownership and responsibilities of the strata complex. If the building is in poor condition, you will have to pay your share of the repairs as well as on-going maintenance.
We strongly encourage you to read the minutes of strata council meetings as far back as you can obtain them. Mark any references made in the minutes to water and moisture problems. We should then find out if council has dealt with these deficiencies. Were there any inspections carried out for the strata council and if yes, are there any reports available? Are there any planned major expenditures?
As part of our condo inspection, we look at the roof, plumbing, electrical, structure. We look at the building mechanical systems, your storage lockers and parking spaces. It is beyond the scope of a regular condo inspection to perform a full building-envelope inspection; we do however, look at exterior wall cladding and flashing details and report accordingly.
We also look for previous repairs. We inspect the performance of garages for water seepage. From there we go into the unit and do a room-by-room inspection and run the appliances. We also perform a gas-leak-detection-test at all gas-fired appliances and scan for moisture at shower enclosures and exterior walls (from the inside).
**Can only be inspected when we are given access