Whether buying or selling, it is a common misconception that a pre-purchase inspection of a townhouse is unnecessary. Both buyers and sellers are frequently under the impression that there are fewer issues with townhomes, or that they somehow require less upkeep. But any problems that can arise in a detached home can also develop in a townhome as well. After all, a leak in a “common” roof can cause just as much damage as a leak in a roof that you own outright. Depending on how the strata have been managed, repairs or maintenance might have been performed poorly, or not at all, and even new construction can pose risks if the builder cut corners to save money. Inspecting a townhome is therefore just as important as inspecting any other residential property.
What are some special things to look for when inspecting a townhome? Our inspectors are trained to identify potential problems buried in strata minutes that may not be obvious to the layperson. We also review the property depreciation report to compile a checklist of issues or concerns which may arise in the building in question and tailor our inspection services to ensure that any potential deficiency is examined and any defects are brought to the client’s attention. For new construction, which usually includes a one-year warranty by the builder, buyers armed with an inspection report can approach building companies with a comprehensive list of any needed repairs to take full advantage of the benefit of their warranty.
We offer both pre-purchase inspections for buyers and pre-listing inspections, for sellers. In any real estate transaction, knowledge is power. If you are buying a townhome, we will provide you with a comprehensive inspection report so you can enter presale negotiations armed with the knowledge you need to bargain for the best price. If you are an existing homeowner contemplating performing presale maintenance or renovations on your townhome, our inspection report will give you useful tips on how to maximize the return on any investment you make before selling your home, as well as identify any maintenance issues that should be raised with the strata.
We offer a complete inspection from foundation to roofing, ensuring that both the townhouse and all common areas and other relevant parts of the building are thoroughly inspected.
As with a home inspection of a condominium, our rates for townhomes include inspection of the following:
We are a licensed, bonded, and insured company with years of experience inspecting homes on Vancouver Island and in BC. We have all certifications and licenses required under British Columbia and Canada law, and we use cutting-edge technology to find problems that other inspection companies will miss. Our inspectors are trained to use infrared thermal imagining to detect major deficiencies which are often invisible to the naked eye, including hidden moisture, leaky pipes, dry rot, mold, pest infestations, air quality concerns, and leaking air (meaning energy loss). We stand by our work, and we aren’t satisfied unless you’re satisfied.
We proudly service the Nanaimo area and surrounding cities, including the following: