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Absolutely get an inspection on an apartment condo!  It shouldn't make any difference what type of residential property you are buying - I always recommend this to my clients.  It is money well spent.  You are purchasing an expensive asset and the inspection cost is negligible compared to the expense of finding you need to make unknown large repairs post-closing.  Better safe than sorry.
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March 19 2012
I would recommend getting the inspection. As others have said, many of the same systems exist in a condo that exist in a house. And anything within the home is your responsibility if it breaks. We find lot's of issues in condos that are not readily apparent that require a trained eye to discover and interpret. I believe it will be money well spent.

Best of luck.
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March 18 2012
Hello Wayne,

We always recommend that every buyer use a professional home inspector do a thorough evaluation before making a purchase.  The other posts in this thread covered this well.

We'll add a bit more information that could be useful to you: Most condos have some type of limited insurance for areas on the exterior of the dwelling.  This coverage can vary drastically on different properties.  Do your homework.  Call the HOA managment company and ask them exactly what type of insurance coverage the association has.  After receiving your answer, call your insurance provider and explain what the HOA covers, so that they can give you the best insurance coverage to protect yourself.

Good luck on your purchase!
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March 18 2012
I would say go ahead with the Home Inspection!  What do you have to lose?  Four eyes can see better than two...good luck!  Some of the issues we have discovered on condo inspections, loose toilet, mold in the bathroom, extractor fans leading to nowhere, faulty circuit breakers,sliders than need fixing,  leaky faucets, etc.... 
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March 18 2012
Hi Wayne! It is rarely a bad idea to have a professional inspector inspect a condo. There are many systems and appliances in a condo, just like a house, and finding out if they work properly is important!

Good luck!

Sincerely,
Marney Kirk
Keller Williams Excellence Realty
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March 18 2012
Yes. Owning a condo is equivalent to owning a house. You are responsible to pay for and fix anything that happens within your unit.
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March 18 2012
Hi Wayne,
If you feel comfortable checking out the appliances, wiring etc yourself, not so much. If you are like me, you won't mind paying the pro to look things over and getting a second opinion from a home inspector!
Best wishes...
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