How to Avoid Buying Leaky Condos in Alberta

September 30th, 2015 | in Leaky Condos

Leaky condos in Alberta are becoming all too common. Known as the leaky condo crisis, rotten condo crisis, or leaky condo syndrome, leaky condos in Alberta and British Columbia have been plaguing would-be homeowners, and homeowners, for too long. Rainwater gets into these buildings, causing billions of dollars in damage and requiring extensive assessment and repairs.

How can you avoid being plagued by leaky condos in Alberta? It's important to know how to avoid any structures suffering from this syndrome, so you can save your time, energy, and money, and focus on finding a home that is safe and dry.

A condo that is safe and dry is one with an intact, properly designed building envelope. When it comes to general contracting in Alberta - the people who help build homes, and handle building envelopes - you should trust that the company who dealt with the condo you're considering is trustworthy. In Alberta you can look for a company that is a member of the Alberta South Building Envelope Council, offers a warranty on any work done, and carries liability insurance.

The same holds true if you are considering a condo that once was leaky but has since been restored. Building restoration done by companies specializing in general contracting in Alberta should be trustworthy, and this means ensuring the contractors stand behind their work in every way possible.

Talk to your realtor about avoiding leaky condos in Alberta, and once you find a condo you're interested in, hire an inspector experienced in seeking out leaky condo syndrome. Be sure to look at all of the paperwork and documentation regarding the house, the contractor, and anything else that could point to a leaky condo issue. Do not be afraid to ask questions - you should feel 100% confident in your purchase.

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