Most commercial inspections (aka property condition assessments) will uncover systems or components which are deteriorated, missing or damaged with recommendations for repair or replacement. In addition to these routine findings, a commercial inspection should identify any of the following 8 common areas of risk to a buyer.
- Grading and Drainage – Your property’s surface water should have a path which easily allows water to drain away from the structure without accumulating around the foundation.
- Structural Problems – A commercial inspection should not show visual signs of movement with flooring, walls, ceiling and attic framing. A crack with more than 1/4 inch in width should be given further consideration.
- Roof Deficiencies – Your property inspection should include where the roof covering is in its expected service life and should call out accumulating or pooling on the roof.
- Mechanical Issues – Your commercial inspection report should identify the buildings heating, cooling and ventilation system components, how they systems are controlled and where the appliances are in their life cycles.
- Plumbing Defects – Your inspection assessment should identify if galvanized plumbing supply pipes are still in use and budget for replacement when possible in addition to any obvious active leaks or plumbing fixtures which have outlived their expected service life.
- Health and Safety Hazards – Your inspection report should identify trip hazards, exposed walkways and loose or unsafe conditions
- Electrical System – A good commercial assessment will size the electrical system according to current use of building and any components which have been in service over 50 years.
- Exterior Covering – The exterior envelope of the commercial building should be weather resistance including no areas of current moisture intrusion.