The Whys in Commercial Building Inspection

Home Inspector with National Property Inspections

A few days ago, I posted a blog dicussing some of the questions to consider before bidding or requesting a commercial real estate inspection. The first question was: Why is the inspection needed? The bottom line is that a commercial building inspection gives the client an overall understanding of the general condition of the building. This allows the client to move forward with business planning, negotiations and remodeling or renovation with a knoweldge of current systems. An inspection reduces surprises. When it comes to large real estate transactions that can be a great peace of mind.

For some, that needed knowledge is limited to an inspection of the roof. Others may be more interested in knowing that electrical outlets are safe. Still others want a ceiling to floor laundry list of items, noting the good and the bad. Comfort levels are different, but a thorough, unbiased inspection can usually help point people in the right direction.

In apartment complexes, inspectors look at a representative number of units, or all the units, or sometimes just the common areas and the roof. Again, for the buyer, these options help pinpoint possible areas of concern, and overall maintenance issues. Sometimes specialized equipment, such as an infrared camera, helps pinpoint leakage or heat loss areas that help with longterm planning.

In some instances, a client may not even be purchasing the building itself. The client may be purchasing the business occupying the building and an attached lease. An inspection in that instance can reassure the buyer that the building is sound and reduce concerns about assuming the lease. It can also make for an unbiased reference for the property management firm overseeing building maintenance, more good information for all parties concerned.


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Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection
I believe in having the inspection done whether it is commercial or residential.
Dec 28, 2006 10:26 PM #1
M. Murphy
National Property Inspections - Omaha, NE
I think that's wonderful. NPI inspectors find that a lot of commercial buyers have a difficult time finding inspectors to work with them to define the scope of inspection needed. A lot of the commercial inspection traffic is web driven with buyers coming directly to the inspector. It's great to have agents like you who understand the value of an unbiased, thorough property inspection.
Dec 29, 2006 05:58 AM #2
Jeff Tompkins
Communitas Realty Partners - Thornton, CO
Good info T, I have always believed in inspections as well, realtors cannot be experts on all the in's and out's of a home (or commercial properties) workings.  I have referred my residential inspector to many people, and they are all thankful they had him come out.
Feb 06, 2007 02:13 AM #3
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