Keeping a condo inspection checklist handy will help you head off major repairs before they become major headaches.
If you’ve seen The Money Pit, with Tom Hanks and Shelly Long, you’ll know one of the most famous scenes. One house problem after another has the exasperated couple who are excited to finally relax and enjoy a hot bath. But just as they fill the tub, it falls through the floor, crashing into the home’s entry way.
The condition of your condo probably isn’t that bad, but a condo inspection checklist can help you spot problems before they become big, exasperating ordeals.
This condo inspection checklist can help you keep your condo in good shape and ready for a long, healthy residency. Feel free to skip any sections that don’t pertain to you, but don’t forget even if it’s not your responsibility now, it could still be your problem down the line.
Condo inspection: outside
- Gutters: Make sure gutters are free from leaves and debris. If rain water or snow melt can’t make it through your gutters, it may back up underneath your roof and cause water damage over time.
- Vents: Check any vents to be sure they are clean and clear. Your dryer, heating exhaust, and radon vent help remove gases from your home, so be sure they aren’t blocked by garbage bins or built up lint.
- Doors and windows: Check windows and doors to make sure they close securely. Make sure door handles and locks are working easily. Also, check for any gaps around the door. Even small gaps can decrease the efficiency of your heating and cooling system. If you notice significant airflow under or around your door or windows you can purchase weather stripping to close off gaps.
- The foundation: A close inspection of the foundation can give you advanced warning of leaks and other problems. A crack in the foundation of your condo is an entry way for water, but it can also make you aware of structural shifts that may lead to other minor problems, such as doorways needing adjustments.
Condo inspection: inside
- The basement: The guts of your home usually reside in the basement. Your heating system, hot water heater, fuse boxes, and often appliances like washers and dryers are in the basement of many condos. It’s a good idea to give everything a once over. Make sure your hot water heater isn’t leaking. Check the walls and ceiling of your basement for wet areas that could signify leaks or mold.
- The kitchen: Check you dishwasher for leaks or a buildup of food waste. Likewise, check to make sure the seal around the door is secure. Also, take a look at the back of your refrigerator if you can. Dust that builds up behind the fridge can have a big impact on the efficiency of its operation. Look under your sink for any signs of leaks. Ovens and stoves should be checked for cleanliness – you don’t want a build-up of oil or grease catching fire!
- The bathroom: Bathrooms are notorious for moisture problems. If you don’t have an exhaust fan in the bathroom, all that steam from hot showers soaks into your walls and ceiling. Any cracks in the caulking around the tub and shower is an open invitation for water to get underneath the floorboards. So be sure to check for any areas of moisture before water has a chance to cause damage.
- The bathroom – part 2: There is a lot to check in a bathroom! Take a look under the sink to make sure that all of the plumbing is secure and leak-free. Check the toilet, as well, not just for any leaks, but also to ensure that the stopper is working correctly. If your toilet runs more than it should, your water usage will skyrocket, and you’ll be surprised how much that can add to a utility bill.
- The living room and bedrooms: After checking the kitchen and bathroom, this should seem like a breeze, as there isn’t usually too much to worry about here. If you have ceiling fans, turn them on to make sure they are functioning properly. Check that the outlets and any lighting is working correctly.
- Throughout: Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors monthly, and change the batteries twice per year. If for some reason you don’t have smoke detectors, the general rule is that there should be at least one on each floor, and one by each bedroom.
Property managers and condo owners should also consider scheduling condo inspection throughout the year. This is one way to approach maintenance problems proactively. Most problems start out small, and if you get a handle on them soon enough, you can keep them from becoming major problems with a huge price tag.
Are your condo maintenance issues getting the better of you? Do you struggle to keep up? Then you should know that Evercondo makes it easy to connect residents, board members, and condo management to each other. Contact us for a demonstration, and we’ll show you how we can help you stay on top of work orders, and facilitate communication throughout your condo association, from owners to property managers.
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