20 Questions to Ask When Buying a Condo

Updated: May 16, 2018

Considering a condominium? Take the time to research the community, talk to residents, review the condominium documents and study other data to answer these questions:

1. CONDITION

What's the condition of the unit you're considering -- the building -- the entire complex?


2. COMMON AREAS

Are common areas well maintained?


3. FOR SALE?

How many condos are for sale? (A large percentage could be a sign of problems.)


4. OWNER OCCUPIED?

What percentage of the units are owner-occupied? (Lenders may balk if the majority are renter)


5. CONDO FEES?

How much are the condo/association fees and what do they cover?


6. RESERVES?

Does the association have adequate reserves for emergencies and renovations? (if not you could face a special assessment.)


7. BOARD TEMPERAMENT?

What's the temperament of the condo board? (Board minutes could reveal controversies.)


8. LAWSUITS?

Are there pending lawsuits against the association or judgements you might have to help pay?


9. INSURANCE?

What does the association's insurance cover? (You may need supplemental insurance to protect everything else.)


10. DEBT?

How much outstanding debt does the association have?


11. ARREARS?

What percentage of the units are in arrears on their dues?


12. ASSESSMENTS?

Does the seller owe back fees or assessments that may become your responsibility when you buy?


13. NEIGHBORHOOD?

What's the neighborhood like? (Ask neighbors and walk the area at night and on weekend to check when residents are home.)


14. PARKING?

Does the unit come with reserved parking?


15. GUEST PARKING?

Is there adequate additional parking for guests?


16. STORAGE?

Will you have extra storage for bikes, paddleboards, and the like?


17. MANAGEMENT?

Is the association managed by a qualified professional company?


18. COMPLAINTS?

Does the management handle owners' requests and complaints quickly?


19. RENT?

Do association rules limit your ability to rent the units?


20. RESTRICTIONS?

Will restrictions prevent you from changing visible elements such as the color of the door or your window coverings?


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