You are the homeowner or the business owner. You have invested time and energy and a substantial sum of money into your investment. You will be relying on the structural safety of the building that surrounds you each day, at home and at work.Research your investment before and not after your purchase.
Find out if there are outstanding code violations or zoning violations on the property. "Buyer beware" is an old saying, however, it is very much evident when a problem arises later. Has all the work that has been done at the building been permitted and approved by the local officials? Are there records to substantiate this? Has a 21E assessment ever been done of the property? Is asbestos present?
Problems can be avoided if you do homework, first. Engineers, architects and other professional personnel may be needed if the work was done illegally or in violation of any codes. Your investment could be in serious jeopardy if the building is not in compliance.