What is a Commercial Building Inspection?

A commercial building inspection is an examination of a commercial property conducted by a professional building inspector. It is to assess the condition and functionality of the property, as well as identify any potential issues or concerns.

Why is a Commercial Building Inspection Important?

This type of inspection is important for several reasons:

  • It identifies many potential issues or concerns with the property. This includes structural issues, safety hazards, and other large or costly problems
  • It helps protect the interests of both the buyer and the seller by providing a clear understanding of the condition of the property.
  • It helps ensure the property meets the necessary standards and requirements for its intended use.
  • It can help prevent costly repairs or renovations down the line by identifying issues early on.

What is Included in a Commercial Building Inspection?

This type of inspection typically includes a thorough examination of the property, including:

  • The foundation, framing, and structural components of the building
  • The roof, gutters, and flashing
  • The electrical, plumbing, and heating/cooling systems
  • The exterior walls, doors, and windows
  • The interior walls, floors, and ceilings
  • The appliances, fixtures, and finishes
  • Any outbuildings or additional structures on the property

Larger commercial buildings can be complex and there are a number of things that the inspector decide to do ensure a complete and thorough job. They may decide to bring in specialists in various fields such as roofing, electrical, HVAC, structural. This is a conversation the inspector will have with you before you hire them.

The inspector may also check for any visible signs of pest infestations, mold, or water damage.

How Do I Prepare for a Commercial Building Inspection?

There are several steps you can take to prepare for this type of inspection:

  • Make sure all systems are in good working order and easily accessible for the inspector.
  • Clear clutter and debris from the property, especially in areas where the inspector will need to access, such as the attic and crawl space.
  • Fix any visible issues or damages, such as leaky faucets or holes in walls.
  • Gather any documentation or records you have related to the property, such as appliance manuals or receipts for renovations.

How Do I Choose a Building Inspector?

When choosing a building inspector, here are a few things to consider:

  • Look for an inspector who is licensed and insured.
  • Check for any professional certifications or memberships, such as those offered by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) or the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI)
  • Read online reviews. This will give you an idea of the quality of the service and how past clients felt about the job they did.
  • Consider the inspector’s experience and expertise, as well as their communication style and professionalism.

What Happens After the Commercial Building Inspection?

After the commercial building inspection, the buyer or property owner will receive a report detailing the inspector’s findings and recommendations. The report may include information about any issues or concerns that need to be addressed, as well as recommendations for repairs or renovations. The buyer or property owner can use this information to make any necessary repairs or improvements before the closing of the property.

It is important to note that a commercial building inspection is not a guarantee that the property is free of all issues or concerns. It is simply a snapshot of the property’s condition at the time of the inspection.

If you have a commercial building and would like to discuss an inspection give us a call. You can also book your inspection here and we will call you