The devil is–well, you know where to find him

Photo by phil.d on Flickr.

Of course, the devil is in the details.

But what are the details that purchasers of co-ops, condos and townhouses may, to their subsequent dismay, overlook sometimes immediately after closing or, not infrequently, months later?

In the kitchen, consumers may too late discover that the gleaming stainless steel of the commercial-style oven does not contain a self-cleaning feature or that the equally gleaming refrigerator does not come with a water dispenser.  Prospective buyers also should check whether: the drawers are self-closing, indicating highest quality; the cabinets are sturdy and composed of solid wood; the backsplash is not only attractive but also perfectly installed.  Is there under-the-counter lighting, evidence of leaks beneath the sink, an effective seal in the dishwasher?

In baths, it is a good idea to see Continue reading