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What’s included in a “Garden Style Condo” Inspection?

The best reason for having a home inspection performed is to be well-informed regarding the condition of the property, enabling you to make an educated purchase decision.

We have been performing garden style condo inspections since 1991 and our inspections follow the guidelines outlined the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). We also comply with the Maryland and Virginia state requirements (D.C. does not currently have any requirements). The buyer can accompany the inspector as he carefully evaluates the home and its systems, and can ask questions along the way. The inspector will make some verbal comments about the home that are not relevant to the formal report but could be valuable information about the home and it’s maintenance.

Garden style condos typically have some outside private areas which are part of the unit. Many or all of the outside areas, the roof included are likely the responsibility of the condo association. During the home inspection we carefully examine the unit interior and unit systems. We also inspect the exterior areas which directly relate to this unit. We do not formally inspect the condo building, building systems or common areas. The inspector may make some cursory observations on these areas. A computer generated detailed report with pictures will be emailed to the client the next day.

Please see the sample reports at the bottom of the page to get an idea of how your Schwindt & Company Home Inspection might look.

The following are some of items (as they pertain to this condo home) that are inspected for material defects that affect the value or safety of the home:

basement — foundation — slab — walls/trim — chimney
shingles or other covering — flashing — gutters and downspouts — skylights — vents — attic
yard — sidewalk and steps — porch/deck — driveway — patio and cover — fence/gate — grading — retaining wall — landscape — outside stairs — balcony
structure — floors — walls — doors/windows — ceilings — stairs and railings — security bars — smoke detector placement — laundry provisions
firebox — flues and dampers — solid fuel and gas burning devices
appliances — ventilation — flooring — cabinets — counters
sink — tub/shower — toilet — ventilation — electric heater
main panel — sub panel — electrical service — conductors — outlets and switches
supply and waste lines — hose bibs — fuel system — water heater
Air Conditioning
system type — refrigerant lines — condensate drainage — energy sources and connections
description of heating system — system condition — vents, ducts and air supply — burners — controls
roof — floor — doors — automatic opener — ventilation

Click any garden style condo image below to see the corresponding inspection report sample.