I've had the pleasure of living in condominiums in Washington DC, Los Angeles, and for 15 years in downtown Seattle. The freedom from normal homeowner responsibilities like taking care of the roof, the siding and the yard are wonderful, but that doesn't mean you don't still need to know about your own building systems.
When you hire me to perform your condo inspection you benefit from the experience I've personally had living in and taking care of condos. Condo inspections include all the systems from "the paint line to the paint line" as they say in your Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&Rs).. If you own it, I'll inspect it.
As an added benefit of hiring Absolute Pros for your condo inspection in Woodinville, Bothell, Everett, Kirkland or anywhere in the Puget Sound is my offer to do an informal review of your Reserve Study. The Reserve Study is an independent report your condo association is required to have and regularly update. It evaluates the Common Area systems and finishes, gives a probably life expectancy and an estimated cost for repair or replacement. It then compares those upcoming expenses with the reserves held by your association.
Having served on condo boards, I've commissioned and read enough reserve studies to help you gain insight into the financial capacity of your association to take care of the physical systems in your new condo. Is this a normal service home inspectors include with a condo inspection? No, absolutely not. Does it guarantee you'll know about any upcoming special assessments? No, again absolutely not. But it can give you a broad overview of how well your building is likely to be taken care of in the future.
Did you know that you can and should request copies of past board minutes? These will give insight into the condition of the entire complex, because if it was a building issue, it will have been brought up before the board for discussion.
If you have any questions, please contact me because I ENJOY talking ‘condo’.
I look forward to being your Condo Inspector.