There’s also a group of condo buyers assuming that what’s new should be created with safety and locally accepted building code in mind – they simply trust developers and city building inspectors.
Unfortunately, this last assumption has many holes and not much to do with reality, at least in the city of Chicago. Recent years of wild real estate market created a situation where many safety issues and even life threatening hazards flow below the radar of the Chicago building inspectors … or maybe the radar has been temporarily turned off.
So for any buyer who decides to purchase without using a professional home inspector, for homeowners who didn’t have a condo inspection and experience some problems, or for those who just prefer to double check and be on the safe side – follow this “Chicago Condo Inspection Manual”.
However, many of those things are serious safety hazards and very common issues in a majority of the new and gut-rehabbed properties that I inspect in Chicago.
I’m also pretty sure that most of those guidelines will apply to any construction project, not only in Chicago area.
Start investigating and remember that all of those rules apply to the brand new / completely gut-rehabbed condos, and in many cases they might roll back to 2002 or even more.
Also, if there is a safety issue in your condo, don’t hesitate with correcting the problem as soon as possible. Waiting for the developer to correct some critical conditions might take months and compromising your safety for such a long time is not the best way to go.
However, before you correct the problem, take a few pictures of it, and then get a written estimate / problem description / performed work report from the professional.
This article was written by Dariusz Rudnicki
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