What if the report reveals problems?

No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t mean you should or shouldn't buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. If your budget is tight, or if you don’t want to become involved in future repair work, this information will be important to you. If major problems are found, a seller may agree to make repairs or negotiate compensation.

If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?

Definitely. Now you can complete your home purchase with confidence. You'll have learned many things about your new home from the inspector's written report, and will have that information for future reference.

What is a commercial building inspection?

A commercial building inspection, or property condition assessment (PCA), is a visual examination of the physical structure and major systems of a building used for commercial purposes.

What is covered in a commercial building inspection?

The property condition assessment will include a description of the components present in the building, observations as to the condition of the components, and recommendations as to what actions should be taken.

Areas of a commercial building inspected include:

Electrical system
Heating system
Air-conditioning system
Plumbing system and fixtures
Roof surface (including flashings, drainage and chimneys)
Interior components (concentrating on non-cosmetic features)
Exterior wall components, including doors, windows and signage
Site components, including parking lot, walkways, driveways (excluding sewers) and retaining walls

Commercial building inspections are conducted under the protocols prescribed for property condition assessments in ASTM standard 2018-01.