A commercial building inspection is a must for brick and mortar businesses in Utah, especially if you intend to stay in business for long. 

Choosing a building to host your business is no small decision. Any building might look good to an untrained eye, but many problems can hide behind the walls and discovering them after you’ve moved your entire business into the building is every business owner’s nightmare. 

Here’s why your business needs a commercial building inspection, and what that inspection includes.

What is a Commercial Building Inspection?

Commercial buildings are structures that are located on commercial real estate that are used to generate income. These commercial buildings can be divided into five categories:

  • Office buildings
  • Restaurants/retail
  • For-profit residential units (apartments/hotels/multifamily dwellings)
  • Land
  • Miscellaneous

A commercial building inspection is a thorough inspection of a commercial property including the building and its systems from top to bottom, inside and outside.

Why Get an Inspection?

Imagine moving your business into a building only to discover after the fact that the heating system doesn’t work. Or maybe the plumbing is ancient and it clogs up as soon as you move in. The roof could leak. Any number of problems could arise. 

As a business owner and employer, it’s your responsibility to ensure a safe work space for your employees. If your business is in the retail or residential space, you also have the same duty to your customers and tenants. A commercial building inspection will identify any issues with your building and allow you to remedy the problems before disaster strikes.

What Does the Inspection Entail?

During the inspection, a certified inspector will perform a detailed inspection of the building and property. They’ll focus on the following areas:

  • Exterior – The exterior of the building includes the outer walls, roofing, parking lots, landscaping, and any outside structures. Their goal in examining these areas is to ensure that the building is structurally sound and to estimate any repair costs.
  • Interior – The inspector will look at the inside of the building to determine if everything is up to code and to see if any safety hazards are present. They’ll check the walls, floors, ceilings, bathrooms, kitchens, offices, etc. 
  • Systems – There are five major systems within the building that will be inspected: heating, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and air conditioning/ventilation. Inspectors will check for proper function and estimate the remaining life of each of the systems along with repair or replacement costs. 
  • Documentation – Commercial buildings come with a slew of documentation that inspectors will want to review, including building plans, appraisals, maintenance records, and more. These documents will help the inspector determine the value of the property. 

Once the inspection is complete, the inspector will compile a final property condition report that will include the detailed findings, recommendations for repair or replacement, and other important information.

Your Home Inspection Pros is Here

If your business is in need of a commercial building inspection, Your Home Inspection Pros is here to help. Our certified professional inspector, Parrish Kunkel, goes above and beyond to make sure no stone is unturned and no problem spots are missed. We offer commercial and home inspections across Northern Utah throughout Salt Lake, Davis, Wasatch, Tooele, and Utah Counties. Book your inspection today!