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Do you need a home inspection when you buy a condominium or a co-op? According to BrickUnderground.com, home inspections are common for single-family homes, but they’re also increasingly being requested by urban homebuyers of condos and co-ops. Condo and co-op owners share common spaces such as elevators, lobbies, parking, and grounds, but where they differ is who’s responsible for maintenance and what the inspection can cover.

Condos are privately-owned units within a community of other privately-owned units, explains Bankrate.com. Owners share common areas, but inside their apartments, they own the air space and interior walls of their units plus the structural components of the exterior walls. Condos are managed by a homeowner’s association that collects monthly or annual dues to pay for common area maintenance, repairs and replacement. These services are typically provided by a third-party property management company.

In a co-operative, or co-op, a corporation owns the building, common areas and all apartment units. Instead of buying an apartment, homebuyers buy a share of the corporation, according to Amfam.com. The corporation holds the title to the property, and homebuyers build equity when future buyers pay more for their “share.” The board of directors is responsible for maintenance inside each unit and the building as a whole.

A housing inspection is the homebuyer’s right, but only for the unit and the major systems that the homebuyer is responsible for, including plumbing, electrical and heat and air systems, patio or balcony, kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms, appliances, walls, doors, windows and flooring, advises AllAspectsInspections.com.

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