Condominium Inspections

Condominiums are similar to townhomes in regards to shared property but are also very different as their structure requires more engineering and, therefor, more civic regulation is required. Like townhouses, condominiums share common property like roofs, structural walls, exterior cladding, drainage systems and access laneways. They also share much more complicated systems such as underground parking garages, elevators, three-phase power and much more.

Common Areas

These common areas have been recognized by municipalities by classifying the building practices of them differently again. Like townhomes, they have to be governed much differently that a single-family home. Every governing Strata body is usually very similar in function but have very different procedures and rules that make it individual to the property. As these corporate bodies have a wide array of experiences that can drastically influence the condition of the property, Provincial laws and procedures have been introduced to help keep properties vibrant and healthy. This comes in the from of Strata minutes and Depreciation Reports which helps with this process.

Everything Possible Inspected

Each condominium inspection includes a visual inspection of everything outside of the unit that is possible. If permission is given, everything is looked at. Lot grading and drainage, exterior walls, doors and windows, decks, balconies, retaining walls and stairs, roofs, gutters and chimneys. Many will not examine these areas as it is typically not a standard of practice but if we are given permission, we’ll look at it!

Strata minutes and Depreciation Reports

All of our condominium inspections include a reading the last AGM strata minutes and Depreciation reports. These reports often offer significant insights into building performance on how strata & council are tackling the maintenance issues that crop up during the life of the complex so why not get an expert opinion on them?

Experienced Inspector

Mike has worked on, built and inspected thousands of homes and uses of all the latest technology including moisture meters and thermo imaging cameras in every home inspection.

From multi-million dollar to starter homes, from brand new builds to major additions, Mike has over 30 years of professional new and renovation construction experience. From roofing to foundations, as a general contractor, when it comes to a family home, Mike has done it all.

Full Condo Inspection

  • Assistance Interpreting Strata Minutes & Depreciation Reports
  • Digital Report w/ Photos of Deficiencies (Including Detailed Explanations)
  • Thermal Imaging (Infra Red) Scans
  • Roof Vents & Flashing
  • Gutters & Downspouts
  • Skylights, Chimneys & Other Roof Penetrations
  • Eaves, Soffit & Fascia
  • Envelope Cladding, Flashing & Trims
  • Windows
  • Decks, Stoops, Porches, Balconies & Railings
  • Walkways & Patios
  • Driveways & Retaining Walls
  • Grading & Drainage
  • Garage Doors, Safety Sensors & Openers
  • Fireplace
  • Roof Coverings
  • Damper Door & Hearth
  • Foundation, Wall & Attic Structure
  • Foundation Water Penetration &/or Movement
  • Heating Systems
  • Cooling Systems
  • Main Water & Fuel Shut-off Valves
  • Interior Plumbing Fixtures & Faucets
  • Drainage Sump Pumps with Accessible Floats
  • Water Heating System
  • Moisture Metre Scans
  • Electrical Service Line & Meter Box
  • Main Electrical Disconnect & Service Amperage
  • Electrical Panels, Breakers & Fuses
  • Grounding & Bonding
  • GFCIs & AFCIs
  • Insulation & Ventilation
  • Operation of all appliances
  • Bedrooms, Dens, Kitchens, Bathrooms
  • And Much More…

DIY!

It is the age of “do it yourself” repairs and renovations. While this method as often as not may save the home owner money instead of paying a licensed professional, how do you know if the work was done properly and safely? More importantly, home owners in stratified complexes are not allowed to obtain proper building licenses from municipal bodies, only licensed trades companies may do so for these types’ properties.

It is not enough to have received strata council permission for improvements. Renovations and repairs completed without permits create potential liabilities for strata that may not be covered by insurance providers. Any improvements to a condominium that have not acquired proper building permits is likely a breach of the strata’s insurance policy and the new home purchaser would be held accountable.

Knowledge Helps!

Knowing how these homes are built and understanding the operational components are vital for detecting faulty repairs due to improper construction and unprofessional workmanship that generate unexpected costs in the future.

Infra Red Scans

Thermo imaging scans, density/moisture scans and gas furnace/boiler exchanger testing (carbon monoxide) is included and free with every inspection. Every one of Mike`s inspections include all of his wealth of knowledge and experience coupled with the latest technology in order to give you a superior product. Get your home inspected beforehand by Mike so you have a thorough understanding of the condition of your new home,

Get the knowledge and experience you need to help with your decision!

Free Warranty

Mike believes so much in his ability to give a superior product that he has included a free warranty package that is second to none in the industry! If all of the experience, knowledge and technology isn’t enough, then how about some warranty help to smooth things the ruff spots for those first few years? From roofs to appliances, check it out on the warranty page!

Serving

We serve clients across all of the Lower Mainland, BC. from North Vancouver to Chilliwack. Give us a call and book your home inspection today! Fully licensed and provincially certified with Consumer Protection BC, License #71973.

Call Today!

If you are considering a condominium purchase, call 778-549-4670 to “Get a `Mike` Home Inspection!” and get the knowledge and experience you need to help with your decision!