As a commercial property inspector, it is my job to assess the condition of commercial buildings to ensure they do not have major structural and mechanical defects, and that they comply with building codes and regulations.
It is my job to ensure that a building is in good shape, safe, and up to code.
I aim to provide comprehensive and thorough evaluations in order to protect both the physical structure and financial investment of my clients.
To do this, I have 20+ years of construction experience, specialized training, and certifications. I also use a specific checklist and special software during my inspections.
Some of the most important factors that I check for include the condition of plumbing, roof systems, fire safety, electrical wiring, and structural stability. I evaluate foundations, walls, windows, doors, and support beams to ensure they can handle the weight of the building and any potential stress or strain.
Structural stability is crucial because it is important that all buildings are structurally sound in order to prevent collapse. I will check for moldy wood or other signs of decay that could lead to crumbling walls or floors as well as any cracks in floors or windowsills. I also look for signs of termite infestation, which can cause serious damage if left untreated.
Inspecting roofs are very important to protect against rain leaks and water damage inside the building. Roof repairs and replacement can be very costly so if the property needs a new roof, you can either repair it as the seller or negotiate to have it replaced.
Fire safety includes inspecting fire extinguishers and sprinkler systems, as well as ensuring exits are clear and easily accessible in case of emergency. I also make sure that electrical wiring is installed properly and meets current codes, to reduce the risk of fires or shocks.
It is not uncommon for me to come across issues that extend beyond just the structural integrity of the building. In some cases, I may also recommend pest control services, roof repairs, water damage assessments, and environmental testing such as mold and asbestos.
For example, it is a very good idea to have a water damage and mold inspection before you move in so you can address any potential water leaks early on. I check for signs of water damage like leaks in pipes or defective gutters and downspouts.
This can help to identify any existing water leaks or moisture issues, as well as assess the risk for future problems.
It is also worth mentioning that certain types of mold can have adverse health effects, so addressing water damage and mold promptly is essential for creating a safe environment.
These concerns can significantly impact the safety and usability of the building, and it is important for property owners to address them as soon as possible.
Additionally, if left unaddressed, these issues may lower the value of the property or lead to legal liabilities.
After an overall inspection has been completed and all necessary information gathered, a report will be prepared that details all findings along with recommendations for safety code violations, safety hazards, repairs or replacements needed.
By understanding what commercial building inspectors are looking for, you can be better prepared to make any necessary repairs or upgrades before putting your property on the market or purchasing a building.
That way you can ensure that your building meets all regulatory and safety standards before putting it on the market. This not only allows for a smoother transaction, but it also sets your building apart as one that has been thoroughly maintained.
If you’re in the market for a resale property, be sure to consult with a qualified inspector to get an accurate assessment of the condition of the building. And if you’re selling your property, don’t forget to schedule an inspection!
Consulting with an inspector can also bring to light any necessary upgrades or improvements, allowing you to potentially increase the value of your property.
If you need a commercial building inspector in the Southern California area, call 619-473-2133 for a free quote.
We serve San Diego, Riverside, and San Bernardinio Counties.
Maurice is the Chief Inspector for U.S. Commercial Building Inspections of Southern California. He is a Certified Commercial Property Inspector (CCPI) with over 25 years of extensive experience in real estate, construction, restoration, remediation, and business development.
He holds numerous inspection certifications with the Commercial Property Inspectors Association (CCPIA), the International Association of Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), and he is also a Certified Mold Inspector (CMI), Certified Mold Remediator (CMR), and a member of the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA).