However, simply because a building must be bought “as is” does not mean that one cannot conduct thorough pre-purchase investigations to help make sure that their purchase isn’t foolhardy. In fact, a thorough inspections process is prudent and highly advisable. While a professional inspector is suggested, we’ve compiled a short checklist of common defects to be on the lookout for, for your referential convenience.
Before entering into a contractually-binding obligation in New York, a buyer is advised to:
- Flush all toilets to ensure they flush properly / do not clog
- Open and close all windows and doors (including the garage door)
- Test all smoke alarms (which must be provided, as per NYS law)
- Test the heating and air conditioning units
- Check floorboards for warping and / or holes
- Run the garbage disposal
- Run exhaust fans
- Run all faucets, check all related pipes for leaks
- Test the appliances
- Check all lights and electrical fixtures / outlets
We at Kaplan, Kaplan & DiTrapani, LLP suggest bringing along rubber gloves, a flashlight, and spare light bulbs (for testing sockets). We also suggest bringing along a camera for documentation purposes. Remember, a thorough inspection is worth nothing if you don’t take careful and detailed notes.
For more advice on pre-closing walkthroughs, feel free to contact Kaplan, Kaplan & DiTrapani, LLP to schedule a free consultation.