Scoping A Commercial Building Inspection

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Lenders, brokers, agents, investors, tenants and property management firms may all be involved in the sale of commercial real estate. For each, finding the right property inspector can be essential to making the right purchasing decision. It's not always easy to do.

Because most commercial inspection reports are narrative in form, it is easy to customize the report to fit the needs of the client. These needs can be varied. In the last few years, National Property Inspection professionals have assessed the condition of buildings for clients purchasing the business operating in the building, but not the building itself. We have performed limited inspections on certain items outlined specifically in lease agreements. We have even performed pre-listing inspections for commercial property management firms to demonstrate the quality of their management through unbiased, independent report of the condition of a property. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Again, one of the most important considerations for commercial clients is scope. Before calling an inspector, consider the following questions:

Why are you looking for an inspection?

Is there a specific type of lease agreement involved?

What information do you hope to gather?

What is your timeline?

Are you interested in cost estimates for replacement parts or long-range planning information?

Have you noticed any areas of particular concern (ie damage to a flat roof, signs of moisture intrusion, lack of maintenance records)?


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