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Do you need a home inspection when you buy a condo?

We all think buying a condominium will make our lives a lot easier and more convenient, right? No driveways to shovel; no leaking roofs; no broken furnaces or HVAC’s in the summer heat. But believe me, things go wrong with condos, too, which is why I have advised on countless occasions that condo buyers get what potential home owners almost always get: a professional inspector.

Condominium suite inspections are a limited subset of a standard home inspection, and typically include the electrical system, heating and air conditioning, plumbing, window and door operation, and functional condition of finishes. Most common elements are excluded with the exception of suite balconies or what is known as “exclusive use” common areas. These inspections can cost from $250 and up, depending upon the size of suite and the time required.

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