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What to look for when buying an apartment – Part 2

If you are considering buying an apartment in a shared block, it is essential that you have the unit as well as the surrounding building inspected thoroughly before signing any paperwork. Below are a few more aspects that must be taken into consideration when buying any type of apartment.

Commonly Noted Defects to Look for

When tenants of existing apartments have been interviewed, some of the most common defects that they have noted in their units have included:

  • Guttering problems, resulting in leaks
  • Internal water leaks – even on multi-storey units
  • Defective roof coverings
  • Malfunctioning water pipes and/or plumbing fixtures
  • Problems relating to tiling
  • Electrical faults and problems
  • Building movement and ground subsidence, resulting in the development of structural cracks
  • Defective or even missing balustrades along balconies and stairways
  • Defective or even non-existent fire safety systems

If issues such as those mentioned above have been occurring repeatedly, it is a definite indication that no maintenance has been carried out. One of the best ways to find out whether there are any recurring issues in an apartment block is to speak with a few of the existing tenants. In most cases, they will only be too happy to let you know whether there are any serious maintenance problems in the building that are not being addressed appropriately.

Allow us to Assist with a Property inspection

Regardless of where you decide to purchase an apartment, it is strongly recommended that you have the unit inspected before signing any paperwork. Our experienced inspectors will perform a thorough check on each aspect of the property and provide you with a detailed report afterwards, which will provide you with the information needed to make an informed decision.

If you would like to schedule an apartment property inspection with any of our knowledgeable team members, contact us today.

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