About the Author
Chris Caisse is a Certified Master Inspector® / Owner of Platinum Home Inspections, located in New Hampshire, USA.
As a certified master home inspector, I view lots of different types of homes with a critical eye. Recently, I have been inspecting a lot of multi-level townhomes. These are homes that are usually in an HOA, and one or both sides of the unit share walls with an adjacent unit. Here’s five components that I focus on when inspecting a multi-level townhome in New Hampshire:
1. STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY
Assess the overall structural condition of the townhome, including the foundation, load-bearing walls, and support beams. Look for signs of settlement, cracks, or other indications of structural issues that could affect the stability and safety of the property.
2. WATER DAMAGE AND MOISTURE INTRUSION
Investigate for any signs of water damage, leaks, or moisture intrusion throughout the townhome. Inspect areas prone to water exposure, such as bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and exterior walls, to identify potential issues that can lead to mold growth or rot.
3. ELECTRICAL AND PLUMBING SYSTEMS
Check out the electrical and plumbing systems of the townhome. Check for outdated or unsafe wiring, improper connections, and any signs of water leaks or plumbing malfunctions. Ensure that the electrical and plumbing systems meet safety standards. Note also if there are any potential plumbing leaks coming from adjacent units (your neighbors). Fixing that sort of issue may require cooperation from your neighbor or HOA.
4. HVAC SYSTEMS
Evaluate the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems on each level of the townhome. Is there an AC compressor? Furnace? Age? Where is it located? Check for proper installation, maintenance, and functioning. Test heating and cooling performance to ensure comfort and energy efficiency.
5. FIRE SAFETY AND EGRESS
Verify the presence and functionality of smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers throughout the townhome. Assess the accessibility and safety of emergency exits and egress points, including stairways, hallways, and windows.
I am happy to assist you with your home purchase, whether you are a seasoned homeowner, or a first-timer. Please reach out to me if you’re purchasing a property and would like me to bring my industry knowledge to the table!