Originally Posted By: afernbaugh
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Gerry, Joseph, Jeff, Bob, and Russel,
Thanks for your insight. The consensus is that (unless local laws preclude) I should treat a condo as an SFR but note any systems or component that could not be evaluated and advise the client appropriately.
The condo I inspected last week was one of 150 or so units on a 10 acre plot consisting of about 20 or so buildings. I noted all of the site and exterior systems including the roof system and its penetrations of the building containing the unit in question and stated that these were the sole responsibility of the condo association. I then reported on the interior, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, etc.,as per SOP.
If we are to consider the level of reserve funding for the association versus the apparent condition of the systems the association is responsible for, it seems we are responsible for researching not only public records but the books, reserve studies, and maintenance funding annually, of the association in question, and possibly more.
That being said; I notice as I compare local and regional pricing of condo inspections that they are routinely less(much less) than a single family residence, but with a lot more responsibility as stated here.
This just doesn't add up to this old southern boy! Where am I getting "off track" here. Do our SOP's accurately reflect the current situation regarding condominiums??
Five Star Inspection Services
Baton Rouge, La.