Multi-Family Apartment Inspection

Advantages of Having a Inspection Performed

So, you’ve negotiated and signed the contract, and the property is almost yours.  Now what?  Next up are the property inspections that must be performed during the due-diligence period.  The main goal of every property inspection is to confirm that the property is indeed a good, solid purchase.  The best way to perform this inspection is to have a thorough checklist to make sure everything is accounted for.

Here are the top 9 things you need to make sure are on your checklist for a successful inspection.  Overall, you’re making sure the investment checks out.  The three things you want to determine during an inspection are: any life safety issues that need to be fixed (issues you could be held liable for), deferred maintenance items that need to be corrected and budgeted for, and if the financials are what the seller told you they were before the contract.

Multifamily Property Inspection Checklist:

  1. Mechanical Inspections – Mechanical inspections consist of inspecting the systems that provide comfort to your tenants.  Those systems include the plumbing, electrical, and heating ventilation and air conditioners or HVAC systems.  The main systems should be checked out by certified professionals in their respective categories.  These systems can be costly to replace and can take up a significant portion of your repair and maintenance budgets if they are in poor shape.
  2. Roofs – The roofs and foundations are essential to a solid investment property.  Replacing roofs can be one of your biggest replacement items and can make a big difference in your insurance coverage.  Make sure you know how much life is left in the roofs and if their end of life is approaching, make sure you budget for replacing them either up front or through the operations of the property.
  3. Foundations – Solid foundations can make or break your investment.  Problems can be hard to spot and easy to cover up without looking closely with a trained professional.  A couple things you can look for are vertical cracks and uneven floors.
  4. Unit Inspections – Walking through each unit is critical in determining the property condition and the quality of your tenants.  We recommend walking each and every unit and looking for the general condition, problems that need to be addressed, and potential costs that will need to be incurred when that tenant moves out and before another can move in. This will help you budget for future repairs and maintenance or turn costs (costs incurred in bringing the unit up to leasable standards between tenants). 

Advantages of Having a Inspection Performed

  1. Negotiations
  2. Limits liability
  3. The specialist is only looking at his specialty. For example, if a roofer is looking at the roof and sees issues (and they always do) but he does not notice that the building structure underneath needs seismic (earthquake) upgrades, then any work he does may have to be redone once the seismic retrofit work is done. Getting the whole picture first helps keep things coordinated and saves money.
  4. Often the specialist has a vested interest in finding “issues”. When you get an inspection from a generalist who does not perform the work on anything he inspects, there is no conflict of interest. The generalist will give you an unbiased report because he has no vested interest in finding problems that need to be fixed.
  5. A key factor is that many aspects of a building operate as a cohesive unit, not a bunch of unrelated parts. Evaluating the overall condition of the property takes judgment. The generalist who has done thousands of inspections and dealt with thousands of different sites and structures knows what is an issue and what isn’t. He knows when to call in a specialist or when something will need to be replaced per industry standards even if it works well now. He can tell you if that type of electrical panel is known to be problematic or if it will meet your needs.

He will also be able to tell you what has to be done in order of importance from an overall viewpoint. He can tell you if two upgrades or repairs will need to be done together so they properly coordinate and don’t step on each other’s toes or create a bigger problem.

Most Multi-Family and Commercial properties are huge investments. Getting a good general visual inspection done by a true professional will give you the complete picture you and your broker actually need in order to make a sound decision.

What's Included in Your Inspection

Tony Escamilla, Owner of Villa Home Inspections


Every home is unique in size, shape, age and style. Our inspection inspector's report will review the condition of the home's major systems.  These systems include: 

  • Roof Coverings
  • Attics & Structure
  • Exteriors & Structure
  • Crawlspace & Structure
  • Garage
  • Interior of Each Dwelling
  • Laundry Area
  • Plumbing System
  • Water Heaters
  • Electrical Systems
  • Pool & Equipment
  • Moisture Detection
  • Thermal Imaging now included FREE!

 You can be assured that we follow the Standards of Practice set forth by the California Real Estate Inspection Association, also known as CREIA. You can read the Standards of Practice at the CREIA website


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