How to Find the Right Commercial Inspector
When you hire an employee, you are in complete control. You can look over resumes, read cover letters, and interview each candidate carefully. If you’ve taken the time to develop interview questions that answer all your basic questions about a prospective employee, you rarely have to worry about losing money because you hired the wrong person for the job. Hiring a company should be the same way. You can spend a great deal of time looking for the right commercial inspection company but, in the end, you have to rely on what is written on their website or what they say over the phone.
One thing you can do to ensure you get the right commercial inspector is look for certifications. The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) is a leading certification-granting authority. An ASHI-certified inspector has demonstrated his or her skills and knowledge in home inspection. Finding someone who is ASHI-certified is a great step in the right direction. ASHI-certified indicates that the inspector is proficient at inspecting homes, but not necessarily commercial properties. Look for a certified Environmental Auditor if you are hiring a commercial inspector to ensure compliance with the EPA.
Experience plays a key role in any inspector’s ability to detect potential structural or systems problems that others might miss. Ideally, a commercial inspector should have 25+ years of experience, be up-to-date on continuing education, and have some knowledge of the type of things you are planning for the property. More important than the individual inspector, however, is the company that you are contracting. The inspection company should be flexible and able to offer a wide range of inspection services to suit your individual needs.
Champia began with only one inspector in 1987. It was a time when home inspection was still a relatively new field in Atlanta. By the mid-1990’s, the company was able to establish itself as a leader in commercial inspections, focusing primarily on properties valued at $20,000,000 or less. Today, Champia prides itself on its long list of satisfied commercial inspection customers and plays an active role in providing continuing education in home and commercial inspection through its school, Champia University. The commercial inspection team at Champia has a combined 115+ years of experience and continually provides top inspection services to local and regional businesses.