Should Your Condo Association Hire a Structural Engineer?
Saving money in the short term can seem like the best answer to keeping your condo association fees lower. However, completing regular maintenance will prevent condo owners’ fees from going up unnecessarily. To get the best life expectancy possible out of your buildings, hire a structural engineer to inspect the property once about every five years.
Letting an experienced Tampa condo association management company help your community keep up on maintenance and hire the contractors required, like structural engineers, can save your association money. Wise Property Management can help you ensure your condo association’s property is maintained efficiently.
Inspecting Building Structure
It may sound expensive, but having a structural engineer visit every five or so years can save you in the long run. Exposed or rotted wood can make the building unstable and invite an infestation of termites. A structural engineer can point out these kinds of problems before they become too costly to fix.
Any roof that falls under the condo association’s responsibility should be checked regularly for wear and leaks. Ignoring small leaks can lead to costly repairs, mold buildup, and even rotten roofing joists or frames. Mold removal is typically not covered by insurers, which can lead to the condo association covering costs.
Although they seem indestructible, masonry and brickwork need to be inspected for cracks and damage. Freezing weather is rare in Tampa, but even an occasional frost can batter mortar into crumbling bits. The resulting small cracks in the mortar can give water and insects a way into the building and cause havoc.
Results of the Inspection
The structural engineer may have suggestions on required work to properly maintain the buildings on the property. You may need to hire a roofing contractor, brick masons, and painters to keep the building in good shape. Hiring contractors on your own can seem like a daunting task. Let the team at Wise Property Management help your condo association get the work done right.