The number of condominium and homeowners associations continues to grow in across the country, with over 8,000 currently in Ohio. If you have clients who are considering purchasing property in a condominium or a homeowners association, there are several factors to research and review with them before they submit an offer. Associations are legal business….
Perhaps you are on the Building Committee which has been charged by your Homeowners Association Board to recommend a replacement siding material for your 35 year old condo. Perhaps you are a property manager whose in-basket is filled with unit owner complaints about vinyl clapboard siding problems in the new condo complex. Whatever the vinyl….
Cracks in foundations are by far the most common structural complaint raised in either reserve fund studies or transition studies. They can occur in the youngest or newest condo building. As condo documents usually assign the maintenance responsibility of their repair to the association, board members and property managers take them very seriously. Most basements and garages have….
A Proactive Approach is Best If you are responsible for your condo or HOA’s physical condition, this is no time to relax. Planning now can pay big dividends in being able to hire a repair contractor before the spring/summer crunch arrives. With that in mind, the following list can provide a guide to issues for….
The problem of mold in buildings is one that no building owner or manager can afford to ignore. Mold has been suggested as one of the possible factors in so-called “Sick Building Syndrome.” What conditions create mold in buildings? Mold typically reproduces by means of airborne spores. These spores are always present in the air…..
For every real estate transaction that you are involved in—chances are—as part of the due-diligence process you are hiring a commercial building inspection professional to inspect the property. This is a helpful and valuable service that you routinely recommend to clients any may be required by lenders, however if the inspection is not done objectively….
The following will provide an overview of the typical steps involved in Reserve Studies performed by Criterium-Liszkay Engineers. Request For Proposal – The Association Board or the Association Property Manager will request a proposal from us. This can be as simple as a phone call, email or completed form on our website to as formal….
Constructing your dream home, built to your specifications with the unique design features you want, can be exciting – and unnerving. How can you be sure the contractor you hire will deliver the home you’re expecting? Criterium Engineers’ home construction consulting, monitoring and inspection services can relieve your anxiety, reduce construction problems, and improve the quality of the home you….
Workmanship, Quality Control & Water… Probably because I have inspected thousands of condo buildings and their units for construction defects and other issues, I am often asked by both prospective condo buyers and property managers to name the most common problems found in new condo developments. Interesting enough, new condo buildings have more hidden problems….
Winter is here across much of North America. This season plagues even the sturdiest among us—as with winter comes the inevitable storms of the season. Here are a few winter tips to help you prepare for and deal with the season: Insulate the attic to keep roof surface cold and help avoid ice dams…..