A Commercial Property Inspection with All About Home Inspections includes:
• Site Characteristics (paving, landscaping and utilities)
• Structural Frame and Building Envelope
• Roof Surface Areas
• Mechanical and Electrical Systems
• Plumbing Systems
• Heating Systems
• Air Conditioning and Ventilation Systems
• Vertical Transportation
• Life Safety/Fire Protection
• Interior Elements
The scope of the inspection needed and the specific areas to be inspected are based on various factors. Age, occupancy and type of construction are considered when determining how the property will be inspected and the performance criteria needed to complete a quality inspection. Inspections can range from a visual examination of the property to a comprehensive inspection of all the building's technical components.
A home purchase deals to a large degree on emotion. Things like, "I love the house", "what a beautiful kitchen", "great backyard" and on and on. People usually buy homes because they really love something about the home or the location.
Commercial Real Estate purchases deal in money. The basic question is "How much?" How much can I make on this investment? A commercial real estate buyer is looking at: the bottom line. How much will it cost to install the new heating and AC system it needs, the new roof, how much can I make on the new rents?
With commercial real estate inspections we pay attention to what is going to have to be done in the next five years. Does the roof look like it will last at least five more years with normal maintenance? Can the heating system get by? Those sorts of questions are the usual focus.
We are looking at a home from a performance standpoint. Does the water get hot in the bathroom in a reasonable amount of time? Will you get scalded when the toilet is flushed if you are in the shower? Do the windows open properly, do you have enough plugs, and so on with a home.
With a commercial real estate inspection we are looking at life spans of the five major systems: electrical, plumbing, heating and AC, roofing and structure. The focus of a commercial inspection is usually on the major systems rather than the interior cosmetic issues. If the carpet is a bit worn in a commercial inspection, we will note it but the buyer usually does not really care. They want to know "What do I have to spend money on now or in the near future on this place? "
With commercial inspections we stress the industry standards for life expectancies. These can vary greatly depending on the system and the quality of the original construction but generally speaking the industry standards for electrical systems is if it is approx. 50 years old or older it is time to upgrade it, plumbing is approx. 40-60 years depending on many variables, commercial roofing is usually a flat roof and these for the most part are approx. 10-15 years. Heating and AC systems that are roof mounted are approx. 15-17 years of expected life. The structure is the biggest variable. These can last from 70-100+ years depending on many things.