Why Is a Commercial Inspection Needed?
When an individual or company purchases commercial real estate, it is for one primary purpose: making money. Buying such a building is a huge investment, and as such, the buyer wants to ensure they are getting a good return on their investment. So if a building requires repairs, you’ll want to know that before you hand over the cash. This will allow you to negotiate on the price or have the seller make the repairs beforehand.
What Is Included in a Commercial Inspection?
A commercial inspection will identify any issues in the five main systems of the building:
- Structural integrity
- Heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC)
For a commercial building, an inspector will also assess various interior and exterior features. These include the following:
- Building structure and foundation
- ADA accessibility
- Electrical panels and wiring
- Plumbing fixtures and piping
- Elevators and conveyance systems
- Site grading
- Irrigation and drainage
- Sewage and treatment systems
- Tenant improvements
- Pavement systems
- Parking facilities
When the inspector reviews the items listed above, they are looking for the following issues:
- Building code violations
- Poor workmanship
- Improper maintenance or worn systems
- Inadequate design
- Equipment nearing the end of its useful life
The inspector will determine whether or not everything is working correctly and that the systems comply with all building codes. If something is not working correctly or is not up to code, details on repairing or replacing the system may be included in the final report.
A commercial inspection also includes a review of all the property’s documentation. The inspector may review various documents, including building plans, construction permits, floor plans, surveys, appraisals, environmental studies, certificates of occupancy, evacuation plans, maintenance records, and any citations. These documents will help the buyer understand the cost of owning the building, so they determine if the buyer is getting a good value for the money.
The inspector will then create their own document called a final property condition report. This report will include anything that needs correction, as well as photos for documentation. There will also be recommendations for corrective action and cost estimates for repairs and replacements.
Contact Us Today
J Bixler Inspections follows all California laws when it comes to commercial inspections. We go above and beyond to identify issues and ensure your property is safe. If you are interested in purchasing a commercial property, contact J Bixler Inspections to schedule an inspection today.