Townhouses and row homes are convenient for those who are looking to downsize from a large single-family home or expand their space from a cramped condo. Because of the way town homes are built, there are some inspection points you need to look out for when purchasing.
As Maryland home inspectors, we see plenty of issues with townhouses and row homes that buyers commonly overlook:
Issue #1 – Decks
In many townhome communities, neighboring decks are built so that they are connected to one another. It is all too common to overlook rot or other deck damage on the areas where your deck joins your neighbors’.
It’s important to have these spots checked thoroughly by your inspector so you know what parts of the deck may need repairs before you purchase the home.
Issue #2 – Roofs
Townhouses and row homes share a common roof with neighboring units, which can cause problems for new homeowners who are unaware of the condition of the roofs connected to their own.
Although your roof’s inspection can have positive results, a mildew-ridden or pest-infested neighboring roof can easily spread these problems to yours.
Issue #3 – Exterior Maintenance
It’s easy to keep your yard in great shape when neighbors take good care of their yards consistently as well.
However, if your neighbor’s yard is overrun with weeds, there is little you can do to prevent them from spreading to your own yard. This can add a lot of extra lawn maintenance to your weekly chore list.
Issue #4 – Attics
Sharing walls with neighboring homes also means that the attics are right next to one another. Attics are inviting to insects, birds, and rodents looking for a dark, warm place to call home.
If there are pests living in your neighbor’s attic, they can easily chew and claw their way through the walls or insulation into your attic as well.
Issue #5 – Foundation
The foundation of your townhome may also be shared with neighboring units, making it yet another key inspection point before you purchase. If you are not able to inspect the foundation of the neighboring homes, speak with the HOA to determine when the foundation was last inspected and get a report of the condition it was found to be in.
Highland Home Inspections Can Help With Townhouses.
Looking to purchase a new townhome? The professionals at Highland Home Inspections have been leaders in home inspection since 1989 and are well educated on all the red flags to look out for when inspecting homes for potential buyers.
Contact us today to schedule an inspection or to learn more about the services we offer.