Commercial Inspection

Commercial Inspection

Commercial property inspections will generally review the roof, siding, walks, driveways, plumbing, electrical, heating, air conditioning, appliances, structure, flooring, garage, foundations, insulation, attic, walls, ventilation, bathrooms, interior, exterior, ceiling, venting, laundry, drainage, mold, asbestos, lead, pest and landscaping.

A commercial inspection includes retail, office, condominiums, health care and mixed-use properties. Commercial inspections are conducted when buying or selling a commercial property to reveal defective items and prevent unexpected costs. A certified commercial inspector can find hidden items that may not be visible to the general public.

Commercial Property Inspection Services assess the baseline property conditions. Custom inspections are available to meet your individual needs and building type. These deviations may include dismantling and operation of key systems like HVAC, maintenance suggestions and long term replacement schedules.

Property Condition Inspections generally exceed the above standards by including dismantling and operating key systems such as furnaces, electric panels, hot water heaters, etc. The techniques used during a commercial inspection are derived from the ASTM E-2018-1 standards.

The ASTM E-2018 standards are widely recognized and applicable for most uses. There are some properties or needs that involve more customization from these standards, which will be able to help with for your property.

Commercial property inspections and property condition assessments include the condition, life expectancy and repair/replacement budgets for the roof systems, electrical services, common plumbing including hot water heaters, heating units, HVAC units interior/exterior walls, floors, windows and finished areas along with the grounds and surface lots adjacent to the building. When possible the report with include interviews with management and maintenance staff, providers of maintenance contracts on key equipment.



Purpose—The ASTM E 2018 guideline defines good commercial and customary practice in the United States of America for conducting a baseline property condition assessment (PCA) of the improvements located on a parcel of commercial real estate by performing a walk-through survey and conducting research as outlined within this guide.

Physical Deficiencies—The ASTM E 2018 guideline defines good commercial and customary practices for conducting a baseline PCA, the goal is to identify and communicate physical deficiencies to a user. The term physical deficiencies means the presence of conspicuous defects or material deferred maintenance of a subject property’s material systems, components, or equipment as observed during the field observer’s walk-through survey. This definition specifically excludes deficiencies that may be remedied with routine maintenance, miscellaneous minor repairs, normal operating maintenance, etc., and excludes de minimis conditions that generally do not present material physical deficiencies of the subject property.

Walk-Through Survey— The ASTM E 2018 guideline outlines procedures for conducting a walk-through survey to identify the subject property’s material physical deficiencies, and recommends various systems, components, and equipment that should be observed by the field observer and reported in the property condition report (PCR).

Document Reviews and Interviews— The ASTM E 2018 guideline includes procedures for document reviews, research, and interviews to augment the walk-through survey so as to assist the consultant’s understanding of the subject property and identification of physical deficiencies.

Property Condition Report—The work product resulting from completing a PCA in accordance with the ASTM E 2018 guidelines is a PCR. The PCR incorporates the information obtained during the Walk-Through Survey, the Document Review and Interviews sections of this guide, and includes opinions of probable costs for suggested remedies of the physical deficiencies identified.

Objectives—Objectives in the development of the ASTM E 2018 Standards are: (1) define good commercial and customary practice for the PCA of primary commercial real estate improvements; (2) facilitate consistent and pertinent content in PCRs; (3) develop practical and reasonable recommendations and expectations for site observations, document reviews and research associated with conducting PCAs and preparing PCRs; (4) establish reasonable expectations for PCRs; (5) assist in developing an industry baseline standard of care for appropriate observations and research; and (6) recommend protocols for consultants for communicating observations, opinions, and recommendations in a manner meaningful to the user.

Multiple Buildings—Should the subject property consist of multiple buildings, it is the intent of this guide that only a single PCR be produced by the consultant to report on all of the buildings on the subject property.


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