Just as with a residential home inspection, a commercial property inspection is intended to provide written documentation that outlines the current state of a given property and identifies issues observed during the inspection. While many of the inspected elements are the same as what would be inspected at a residential property, there are two unique elements in a commercial property inspection; Cooking Areas and Life Safety.
Commercial Property Inspection
Unlike a standard residential kitchen, commercial cooking areas have multiple unique components that need to be inspected. These include grease traps, deep-fryers, broilers hoods, exhaust ducts, and various safety requirements. Commercial properties also have specific Life Safety requirements that should be met, including sprinkler/fire safety systems, clearly marked exit signs, and emergency lighting to name a few. For full details regarding InterNACHI’s Commercial Standards and Policies, go here.
Commercial Inspection Checklist
In line with InterNACHI’s Commercial Standards and Policies, your inspector will perform a visual inspection of the following elements of a commercial property:
- Wood Decks & Balconies (if applicable)
- Basement, Foundation, and Crawlspaces
- HVAC System(s)
- Electrical System and Components
- Attic Ventilation and Insulation
- Interior (including doors and windows)
- Cooking Areas
- Life Safety
It is the responsibility of the client to attain copies of all prior property documents and supply them to the inspector. The inspector will review all documents provided by the client and owner, including but not limited to:
- Accessibility surveys
- Building plans
- Certificates of Occupancy
- Deck age records
- Plans and construction permits
- Full repair, maintenance, and modification history/records
- Safety-Inspection Records
- Environmental studies
- Evacuation drill records
- Fire-safety maintenance, repair, and testing records
- Fire history records
- Floor plans
- All records pertaining to commercial kitchen (if applicable)
It is also the responsibility of the client (unless otherwise agreed upon) to arrange for the inspector and the building owner or manager to conduct an interview on the day of the walk-through survey.
It is important to note that, there are limitations, exceptions, and exclusions to a commercial property inspection. While we guarantee the utmost quality and thoroughness of our inspections, no inspection report will be completely accurate. The report is simply the written communication of the observations, research, and subjective opinions of the inspector highlighting points of interest for our clients. It is also important to understand that the inspection report is a subjective professional opinion of the inspector on the condition of the property and is not a warranty.
In accordance with InterNACHI Standards and Policies, the inspector is not required to:
- Determine the property boundary lines
- Determine the condition of any inaccessible component or system
- Determine the service-life expectancy of any component or system
- Enter unsafe areas
- Operate any deactivated systems
- Move any personal items or other obstructions to mention a few
- Look for any intentionally hidden deficiencies in the property
DURING YOUR INSPECTION
If issues or concerns are found, the inspector will offer further appropriate evaluation and/or recommendations. A home inspection is an extremely helpful resource in the decision-making process when purchasing a home.