A commercial building inspection is a crucial part of determining the true condition of a property and the costs required to repair it. While it’s a good idea to lean on the expertise of a professional inspector, portfolio managers can utilize this property inspection checklist to gain peace of mind and make informed decisions about their next investment opportunity.
Do shingles appear to be in good repair? Are rubber boots around vent pipes free of cracks and wear? Is the roof free of standing water? Is the roof free of visible leaks? Are gutters unblocked and in good repair? Is the roof free of fungus, moss and other growth? Are shingles free of buckling, curling or blistering?
Are walls free of vertical or horizontal cracks? Are floors, walls and ceilings free of stains? Are walls free of moisture and settling? Do floors feel solid and even? Are windows and doorframes free of gaps? Are walls free of damage by an external force (i.e. felled tree damage)? Are walls free of material deterioration?
Are all electrical switches in working order? Are all outlets properly grounded? Are electrical panels properly covered and secured? Are ground fault circuit interrupters installed on circuits near water? Does the building utilize permanent wiring instead of extension cords? Are outlets free of loose-fitting plugs? Are electrical cords and wiring free of damage or fray?
Are plumbing areas free of water spots, moisture and puddles? Do faucets and fixtures have adequate water pressure? Are plumbing shutoff valves in working order? Have water heaters been tested for proper temperature? Are all drains free-flowing and unclogged? Are plumbing pipes free of corrosion? Does the building have functional backflow prevention devices?
Is HVAC system maintenance documentation available? Are fans clean, leak-free and corrosion-free? Are humidifiers clean and free of standing water? Have filters been regularly cleaned and changed? Are thermostats in good working order? Are coils and condensate pans clean and corrosion-free? Are HVAC pipes and lines free of fluid leakage?
Does drainage flow away from the building? Are sidewalks and parking lots in good condition? Are shrubbery and foliage well-maintained? Are retaining walls in good condition? Are irrigation systems in working order (if applicable)? Is the property free of flooded or soggy landscaping? Is the property free of pests and pest-related damage?