COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE INSPECTIONS

E2018-15 BASELINE COMMERCIAL BUILDING INSPECTIONS

A commercial building inspection (as established by the standards contained in ASTM's E2018-15) starts with a Property Condition Assessment (PCA) and is conducted with procedures outlined in the Walk-Through Survey. The result of the PCA is the Property Condition Report (PCR).

BASELINE COMMERCIAL BUILDING INSPECTION SCOPE

The scope of the assessment tells us what characteristics of the commercial building we are to inspect. A baseline building inspection includes the following items.

  • Topography - observe the general topography and any unusual or problematic features or conditions

  • Storm Water Drainage - observe the storm water collection and drainage system and note the presence of on-site surface waters

  • Ingress and Egress - observe the major means of ingress and egress

  • Paving, Curbing and Parking - observe the material paving and curbing systems. Identify the types of parking, that is garage, surface, subsurface, etc., the number and types of parking and loading spaces, and any reported parking inadequacies

  • Flatwork - observe sidewalks, plazas, patios

  • Landscaping and Appurtenances - observe landscaping (trees, shrubs, lawns, fences, retaining walls, etc.) and site appurtenances (irrigation systems, fountains, lighting, signage, ponds, etc.)

  • Recreational Facilities - observe on-site recreational facilities

  • Specialty Utility Systems - identify the presence of any material special on-site utility systems such as water or wastewater treatment systems, special power generation systems

  • Structural Frame and Building Envelope - identify the primary buildings, including parking structures, on the subject property, and identify the basic types of structure (steel frame, wood frame, cast-in-place concrete, precast concrete or concrete block

  • Roofing - identify and observe the material roofing system (exposed membrane and flashings) including, parapets, slope, drainage, etc. Observe for evidence and/or the need for material repairs, evidence of significant ponding or evidence of roof leaks

  • Plumbing - identify and observe the material plumbing systems including piping (sanitary, storm and water supply), fixtures, domestic hot water production, and note any special or unusual plumbing systems

  • Heating - identify the basic type of heat generating and distribution system, and the apparent or reported age of the equipment, past material component replacements/upgrades and the apparent level of maintenance exercised

  • Air Conditioning and Ventilation - identify the basic type of a/c and ventilation systems including cooling towers, chillers (including type of refrigerant used), package units, split systems, air handlers

  • Electrical - identify the electrical service provided and observe the electrical distribution system including distribution panels, transformers, meters, emergency generators, general lighting systems

  • Life Safety/Fire Protection - identify and observe life safey and fire protection systems, including sprinklers and standpipes (wet or dry or both), fire hydrants, fire alarm systems, water storage, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, emergency lighting

  • Interior Elements - observe common areas including, but not limited to, lobbies, corridors, assembly areas, and restrooms. Identify and observe typical finishes, that is, flooring, ceilings, walls, etc.

BUILDING SPECIFIC SPECIALTIES (out of scope)

Every building is different. Additional services are available, if needed. Some are listed below.

  • Electrician Contractor Inspection

  • Roofing Contractor Inspection

  • Elevator Inspections

  • Lead Based Paint Inspection

  • WDO (termite) Inspections

  • Structural Engineer Inspection

  • Asbestos Inspection

  • Mold Assessment - indoor air quality

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