I’m buying a co-op apartment in a building that has about 250 apartments. Do I need to hire a professional inspector to inspect the apartment?
You can do a professional inspection, but the larger the building, the less common it is. Most buyers probably don’t want to spend the money to have an inspector check the building systems and common areas (such as the boiler, roof, etc) because if there are issues with something like that, it is usually the building’s (co-op or condo) responsibility to repair. So, an inspection of an apartment in a large building would be mostly about the apartment and most buyers don’t feel that inspection fees are warranted just to look at a small apartment. However, if you’re buying a townhouse or a unit in a very small building (for example, a building consisting of six units), then a professional inspection is very advisable.
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