Buying a commercial building or starting a business is a big deal, and a business inspection is essential to starting off on the right foot. 

But what exactly is included in a commercial building and property inspection? Here’s a look at exactly what inspectors are looking for in 2021.

The Goal of a Business Inspection

A commercial building and business inspection should be performed by a licensed commercial building inspector. The goal is to inspect and estimate the lifespan of the major systems inside a commercial building: the roofing, structure, electrical system, plumbing, and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and cooling) system. The inspector will evaluate these systems and let the building owner know when they expect the systems will need to be replaced.

Building inspections are often performed by investors before purchasing a commercial building to make sure they are making an informed decision. The inspection paints a clearer picture of the building’s condition and how much maintenance is expected to cost.

Business Inspection Checklist

The observation portion of the inspection will involve the inspector examining the following areas of the building to ensure the building’s integrity:

  • Roofing
    • Roof covering
    • Gutters and downspouts
    • Vents, chimneys, and any other roof structures
    • Any needed repairs
  • Exterior
    • Siding
    • Exterior doors, stairs, decking, etc.
    • Windows
    • Drainage, landscaping, and retaining walls
    • Storm drains
    • Parking lot
    • Outdoor lighting
    • Fire hydrants
    • Street numbers or address
  • Foundation
    • Basement, foundation, and crawlspace
    • Any moisture penetration
    • Movement of foundation
    • Structural or safety concerns
  • HVAC System
    • Gas meter installations
    • Heating and cooling system
    • Accessibility of HVAC system controls
    • Proper drainage
    • Outdoor exhausts
    • Any evidence of flooding
    • Condensation drains
    • Appropriate ventilation
  • Ventilation
    • Main water shut-off valves
    • Water heating equipment
    • Toilets
    • Sinks, tubs, and showers
    • Drain, waste, and vent systems
    • Sump pump
    • Water supply
    • Piping support
  • Electrical
    • Any signs of overheating or corrosion
    • Circuit breaker panel
    • Switches, light fixtures, and wall outlets
    • GFCI circuit breakers
    • Smoke detectors
    • Electrical wiring
  • Miscellaneous
    • Doors, windows, and interior walls
    • Fireplaces
    • Stairways and railings
    • Loading docks
    • Elevators and escalators
    • Attic insulation
    • Garage doors and openers
    • “No smoking” signs used as required
    • Sprinkler systems
    • Tripping hazards
    • Any cooking and food preparation areas

The Business Inspection Report

The inspector will complete the visual observations and then use that data to compile their report. Prior to releasing that report, the inspector may ask questions of the current building owner to get a better idea of the building’s history. They may also ask to review any of the following documents or others they require:

  • Building appraisals
  • Accessibility surveys
  • Building plans
  • Construction permits
  • Emergency evacuation plans
  • Fire prevention plans and records
  • Maintenance records
  • Safety inspection records

Your Home Inspection Pros Are Here

A business inspection is an important part of protecting your investment, and Your Home Inspection Pros is here to help you make an informed decision. We offer commercial building and property inspections throughout Northern Utah, including Ogden, Provo, Heber City, Lehi, and West Valley. We leave no stone unturned when it comes to building inspections. Contact us today for all of your commercial and residential inspection needs!