What Does a Georgia Building Inspector Look For?
One of the most common questions small businesses ask when considering a building inspection is, “What will the building inspector look for?” Though every business is different, the typical building inspection will begin with a walk-through of the property. Generally, an inspection can focus on cost to cure and five year aging, as laid out in the American Society of Testing and Materials guidelines or it can focus on the general condition of the property. In both cases, the building inspector’s goal is to protect your investment and ensure that you thoroughly understand the building’s true cost.
The commercial property inspection typically begins with an overview of the site. The building inspector will look for drainage issues and the condition of retaining walls and exterior lighting. Handicap parking in the parking lot will also be noted. The foundation will also be assessed, followed by a thorough inspection of framing and structural members to ensure that nothing has deteriorated. Emphasis is also placed on loading docks and exterior doors to determine that they are safe and operational. This is true of most commercial inspections, regardless of the inspection company you choose. Most inspectors will also climb onto the roof to determine its condition and provide an estimate of how many years it has left before it needs to be repaired or replaced.
Following the structural examination, a building inspector will focus on major systems such as plumbing, electrical, and heating/air conditioning. As with a home inspection, these systems will be inspected for safety and an estimate of each system’s life span can be provided. For commercial properties in which an elevator is present, the inspection company will typically hire an elevator specialist to ensure safety and provide/renew the elevator license. Inside the building, the floors will also be inspected.
Knowing what to expect from a commercial inspector is key in finding the right building inspector for the job. In Champia, you will find an inspection company that can provide quality services in a timely manner. We are a company that offers 24/7 commercial inspection services and we can arrange for an inspection within hours of your first call. Moreover, we provide the detailed commercial inspection report in less than a week, as we understand the logistics of commercial underwriting and loan applications. Our commercial inspection report will give you access to all the information you need about the health of your commercial property.