A commercial inspection can be similar to a home inspection, but there are some key differences. Most home inspectors use a standard of practice developed by an inspection organization, such as ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors). Many commercial inspectors use the E2018 standard developed by ASTM (American Society for Testing & Materials). While the ASTM standard does have some advantages, it also has drawbacks. At JMC Inspections, we practice commercial inspections that blend the best of the major standards. To clearly spell out what is (and what isn’t) inspected – we create a detailed inspection proposal for each commercial inspection that we bid on. If you need an inspection proposal (or a sample report), please call the office at (510) 525-7173, and we would be happy to provide one.
What is Included?
A visual inspection and a narrative-style, written report with photographs that document the existing condition of the following systems within and around the building:
- Building exterior & siding
- Site & parking lot
- Foundation and structure
- HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning)
- Interior surfaces
What is Not Included?
- ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements
- Evaluation of fire safety equipment and compliance with local jurisdiction fire regulations
- Environmental evaluations that might include, but are not limited to asbestos, lead, mold, or other airborne or solid surface contaminants
- Phase I Environmental Hazards Report
- Engineering evaluation of the structural components of the building
In some cases, if there is enough lead time before the inspection, we can arrange for a third party specialist to inspect one or more of these items, for an additional fee. Please let the office know if you like to add a specialist inspection to the inspection proposal. Finally, we do not research the past building permit history, past uses of the building, or permitted use of the building according to local zoning laws or ordinances.
In closing, commercial properties can vary quite a bit in their style and size, which is why we create a detailed inspection proposal for each bid. We’ve inspected a great variety of commercial properties, from small retail units in a strip mall, to giant warehouses, apartments buildings, and office buildings. If you have any questions, or if you’d like a commercial inspection proposal or a sample report, give us a call at 510-525-7173.
“Good decisions are made with good information”