Chicago Split Face Condo – What to Know Going Into Inspection

I very recently started looking for a condo in Chicago and, much sooner than expected, made an offer on a 2 bed, 2 bath in a great location. During my first conversation with my realtor, I asked about split face block because I had heard and read that it’s best to avoid it. She told me that basically all new construction in Chicago is split face and it’s fine as long as it has been maintained. The condo I made an offer on is built with a combination of split face block and brick. The condos are lofts that were converted from a storage unit facility. My impression is the original building used brick and any additional building they did while converting the building in 2005 used split face block.

My inspection is Wednesday. I was/am hoping that I could rely on the inspection to identify if there is or will likely be water damage related to the split face block. Are there any specific questions I should be asking? Is it actually possible to rely on the inspection for this? I’m seeing mixed reviews as to whether an inspector will be able to note damage.

I appreciate any help or insight. Thanks!

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I very recently started looking for a condo in Chicago and, much sooner than expected, made an offer on a 2 bed, 2 bath in a great location. During my first conversation with my realtor, I asked about split face block because I had heard and read that it’s best to avoid it. She told me that basically all new construction in Chicago is split face and it’s fine as long as it has been maintained. The condo I made an offer on is built with a combination of split face block and brick. The condos are lofts that were converted from a storage unit facility. My impression is the original building used brick and any additional building they did while converting the building in 2005 used split face block. My inspection is Wednesday. I was/am hoping that I could rely on the inspection to identify if there is or will likely be water damage related to the split face block. Are there any specific questions I should be asking? Is it actually possible to rely on the inspection for this? I’m seeing mixed reviews as to whether an inspector will be able to note damage. I appreciate any help or insight. Thanks! submitted by /u/LovelyRavenclaw [link] [comments]

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