When doing a commercial property inspection, the focus from the client’s perspective is more on the major systems, namely electrical, plumbing, heating and AC, structure and roofing as well as the site. The client also wants to know what they will need to spend on these over the next few years.
Multi-Family building inspections usually focus on the individual unit and what needs to be spent now to get it rented. The big question being, “How much do I have to spend now so I can use the property the way I want to and how much will it cost me for repairs and maintenance?” Our RISK Assessment® answers this along with what should be done now and what the life expectancy is for each system.
With Commercial Inspections - Industrial, Office, Warehouse, Medical, Retail, etc. - there are many factors for each system and many code requirements depending on use, where it was built and when it was built. However, here are a few of the differences between each system when a Multi-Family Inspection is done vs. a Commercial Real Estate Inspection:
In most commercial buildings, the plumbing is usually a much less stressed area because it typically only involves functioning toilets and hot water. Some properties, however, include other plumbing requirements sprinkler systems, food processing and the like
Our focus for multi-family is functional use along with health/safety issues. With Commercial it is more from the practical aspects such as is there enough power to do what is wanted and will the roof keep the moisture out? Both cover function but from a different focus. In some circumstances, a specialist must determine the full scope of work needed and the costs involved. This is usually in the specialty aspects such as special requirements for electrical or Heating and AC.
It is imperative to have the buyer present at the inspection so certain items can be show, if needed, and so any concerns can be addressed. In one inspection, we found the buyer need a specific type of power to operate his machines. No one was aware of the issue and the buyer assumed the site had this type of power, even though it did not.
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Our Los Angeles commercial property inspectors can help you identify these problems and suggest he best remedy. When working with buyers, communication is paramount. Our inspectors can identify what issues are important, which ones are not, and how to relay this information in a way that is helpful and not alarming.