This seems to be only real concern i have with this unit. Everythings else just need updating, but i don't want to be responible for damage to other units.
The answer will depend on who is selling the property, possibly the bylaws & rules of the HOA, and the purchase contract but, in most circumstances, the buyer incurs the cost. Who winterized the unit? If the property is a bank-owned foreclosure and the bank winterized the unit, the buyer will be the party responsible to pay for the de-winterization. I'm assuming you want to do this for inspection purposes to check against damage. If so, and you choose not to close, you may be required to cover the cost to re-winterize as well. I'm assuming that when you speak of winterization you mean utilities accounts been deactivated with the companies and the systems drained/bled down. Assuming utility service is no longer active, there may be an issue of security deposits to the utility company to reactivate service. These costs can sometimes be hefty depending on your utility company, your prior account history, and the history of service associated with the property address. I would suggest inquiring about all costs in advance to know roughly how much your expense will be. I would check the bylaws & rules and regulations of the HOA to see if they address this issue, particularly if the HOA undertook this action to protect the unit. Odds are, however, that the HOA will make any potential buyer bear the costs also. Lastly, you may wish to negotiate this issue in your purchase contract and put the burden and costs on the seller. Success in doing so may be slim, but you may win this point depending on how desirous the seller is to rid itself of the property.
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