All commercial building inspections are not the same. Commercial building inspections can vary in a variety of factors including why they are carried out and who is responsible for arranging them.
Understanding the different types of commercial building inspection can help you to maintain your responsibilities as a commercial building owner or to evaluate a building that you are interested in purchasing.
The following are five of the most common classifications of commercial building inspection:
Inspections of residential rental properties
A landlord who is interested in renting out an apartment, condo, or detached home should have the property inspected.
Landlords can be held liable for injuries and accidents caused by hazardous conditions in the properties they rent out. It's therefore in their best interests to have documented inspections done that can clear them of any blame if a tenant accuses them of negligence in the future.
Inspections of new constructions
Construction inspections are important to ensure that new construction on original or existing properties is done according to code. Violating a building code can leave building owners open to lawsuits. Construction inspections are a good way to protect contractors from any liabilities or trouble with municipal authorities who devise building codes.
Inspections where environmental hazards are assessed
Sometimes, environmental assessments on commercial properties become necessary because there is a potential for hazardous conditions in a building that could compromise the health of those inside.
For example, water damage can allow mold growth to flourish in a commercial building. Certain types of mold like black mold can be detrimental to human health. If flooding or roof leaks expose a building to excessive moisture, the building owner may wish to carry out an environmental assessment to look out for mold growth and other types of water damage.
If hazardous conditions are detected in an environmental assessment, the inspector of the building sometimes offers assistance to the building owner in devising a remediation plan to restore safe conditions in the building in question.
Inspections of vacant buildings
Vacant buildings often need to be inspected before they can be repurposed and occupied once again. Buildings that are left abandoned for some time could develop hazardous conditions like structural malfunctions that will compromise the safety of those inside.
Inspections commissioned by potential tenants
The above mentioned types of commercial building inspection are typically arranged by the building's owner. However, a potential tenant of a commercial building might also wish to commission a building inspection to ensure that the building fits his or her needs.
If you're interested in renting a commercial property, having an inspection is a good idea. You don't want to establish your company in a particular location before you know that the location is safe and adequate to meet the needs of your company.
For more information, contact local professionals like AccuPro Inspection Services.