Looking to buy or sell a building, or maybe sign a long-term lease agreement? Before you sign on the dotted line, you’ll want to make sure that the property and building have been properly and professionally inspected first.
Oftentimes, an inspection is the only way to get an accurate measure of the state of a building. A fresh coat of paint and some well-placed pictures can cover up serious underlying issues. And old and aging systems could cost you a fortune down the road, even if they are currently working just fine.
Here at Building Inspection Services (BIS), we work to give you an accurate snapshot of the building so that you have all the knowledge you need to make an informed financial decision. When you hire BIS, we’ll work through our building inspection checklist to make sure that every part of the building has been observed, and any issues brought to your attention.
What kind of items are on that building inspection checklist? Let’s take a look!
Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems
You’ve probably heard the term HVAC before but might not know what it stands for. Quite simply, HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning.
It’s easy to see why the HVAC system is going to be a major part of any building inspection and at the top of most checklists. With proper maintenance, air conditioning systems can be around for years and, in some cases, decades. But an aging or broken system can quickly become a nuisance and be expensive to replace.
An inspection of the overall electrical system needs to be high on anyone’s checklist.
Not only is electricity key to modern living and working, but it is also dangerous when installed poorly or allowed to fall into disrepair. An electrical systems inspection will provide a thorough examination, ensuring all wires, systems, and components are working properly and meet legal safety standards.
With most plumbing systems hidden away, most problems aren’t discovered until they become major and expensive issues. We’ll look to see if everything is working as intended, and try to identify any leaks, blockages, or damage to the pipes in the building.
Mold and mildew are a constant, especially in humid climates.
Spores and mold cells are common and completely normal to be found in the air. But when they grow and multiply indoors, it can lead to major health problems.
We’ll take a look to make sure there is no excessive mold or mildew growth, and identify issues that may lead to a future problem.
Building Code Compliance
Every jurisdiction is going to have its own set of building codes, a group of minimum standards meant to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the people. Part of the inspection checklist will be making sure that the building is up to code, and identifying any areas that need to be addressed.
And it’s not just property owners that must worry about keeping a building up to code. Many leases require the tenants to keep the property up to code. Knowing all of this ahead of time can potentially save you a ton of money.
Doors & Windows
Doors and windows are very important but often overlooked.
We’ll make sure to inspect all of the doors and windows throughout the property, not only to make sure they work but to make sure that they were properly installed as well. Windows and doors could look perfectly fine from the outside, but poor construction could be hidden on the inside, posing a big risk.
Landscape/Sprinkler Systems and Site Drainage
You can’t make a first impression twice, and oftentimes the outside of the building, specifically the landscape, is the first thing people see.
We’ll make sure that the sprinkler system is working properly, looking for leaks and any other potential issues. We’ll also look over the site drainage, making sure that a heavy rainstorm doesn’t lead to a flooded building.
Driveway and Parking Lots
We’ll take a look at the driveway and parking lot as part of the inspection checklist. Obviously cracks and potholes will raise some red flags, but we’ll also look for areas that may indicate issues below the surface. We’ll also look into whether or not there is adequate drainage, the curbs, and sidewalks.
Fire Sprinkler Systems & Smoke Detectors
Depending on the location of the building and the local regulations, fire sprinkler systems will have to be inspected on a regular basis. Making sure it is done at the same time as your building inspection can save time and money.
Proper inspection to make sure the smoke detectors are all in working order is also critical. Early detection can be a lifesaver.
Want to keep the hot summer air outside where it belongs? Need to make sure that noise doesn’t travel easily from one room to another? Insulation will play a big role in how comfortable you are in the building. We’ll make sure that it has been installed properly.
Other parts of your building inspection checklist include:
- Controlled water tests
- Exterior lighting systems
- Moisture intrusion
- Pool decks or patios
- Restaurant equipment
- Roofing systems
- Solar heater systems
- Structural components
- Swimming pools
- Tennis courts
- Termite infestation
- Washers & dryers
- Water softener
- Well pumps
Maintenance Recommendations and Budget Estimates
After an inspection, you’ll have a good idea of what repairs need to be made, and what type of maintenance you’ll need to keep your building running smoothly. Not only you have a list of needed repairs and suggested maintenance, but you’ll receive estimates on how much those repairs could cost you.
If you are looking to buy or sell a commercial building, make sure you call a professional like Building Inspection Services to come out and give you the information you need to make an informed decision and maximize your opportunity.