Apartment building and rental properties are inspected by our team of professional inspectors.
We can inspect a duplex, low rise, high rise, or a complex with numerous buildings. The number of units or the scope of the inspection is all within our capabilities and expertise.
Buildings with up to four units are treated in a manner similar to inspecting a house, with every item and aspect of the structure and interior meticulously checked and noted in the report.
Larger buildings or properties pose different challenges and the cost of inspecting every unit can be a factor. We can inspect every unit or do a random sampling which can be a substantial cost savings to you.
The sampling method works well. Results tend to be as effective as the unit by unit approach when inspecting larger apartment buildings or complexes. The inspector covers all the exterior components, siding, roof, and foundation in detail. The inspector (or client) then randomly chooses between ten and twenty percent of the units in the building to inspect thoroughly, some first floor, middle floors and top floor. The inspection findings are then extrapolated to determine the overall quality and condition of the property.
Older buildings pose different challenges for both you as a buyer and the inspector. Buildings from the 50’s and early 60’s are often unchanged from the time of construction. They can have aluminum wiring, fuse boxes, cast iron and galvanized plumbing, built up ballasted roofs, metal windows and a total lack of safety equipment. The heating systems are generally steam boiler systems in the larger buildings or hot water radiator systems in the smaller buildings which can be dangerous if not maintained.