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Commercial Building Inspections

Commercial Building Inspections
are available for properties including Apartments, Offices, Retail Buildings, Industrial Distribution Centers, Recording Studios, Churches, Gas Stations, Warehouses, Schools, Day Care BuildingsRecreation Buildings (i.e. Neighborhood Club/Pool Houses), Dry Cleaner buildings, and more. 

Our inspectors are trained to provide Commercial Property Condition Asessments (Building Inspections) in accordance with a modified version of the ASTM International Standard E 2018-01.

The purpose of a Commercial Building Inspection is to provide a baseline Property Condition Assessment (PCA) of commercial property.  Working with our Clients, HABITEC will provide a menu of services that could be included as part of the PCA.  Our service options include systematic methods to provide the following: Walk-Through Survey, Document Review, Key Personnel Interviews, an Opinion of Probable Costs to repair or upgrade, Abbreviated Tier II ADA survey, and Environmental Services.  Fees vary based on services requested.  Please call us for a quote.

The walk-through survey is a non-intrusive visual observation of the readily accessible and easily visible components and systems of the subject property.  The objective of the walk-through survey is to provide a representative visual observation of the site and structure(s) so as to obtain information on material systems and components for the purpose of providing a brief description, identifying material physical deficiencies to the extent that they are observable, and obtain information requested by our Client.

Systems and components included in the survey are the site, utilities, structural frame, building envelope, roofing, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, venting, electrical, vent transportation, and interior elements.  


Separate from the walk-through survey but also available is a limited visual observation of items for the American with Disabilities Act and a Property Review to include the parking lot and grounds, for separate fees.  Excluded by HABITEC, but available through third party observation, are Life Safety/Fire Protection observations. 

The Document Review and Key Personnel Interviews are designed to augment the walk-through survey so as to assist the Inspector’s and the Client’s understanding of the property and any material physical deficiencies.  The documents to be reviewed may include the building permits, certificate of occupancy, maintenance record, estimates for repair, repair records, and any material recorded or outstanding building violations or fire code violations.  The key personnel interviews begin with a Pre-Survey Questionnaire that is provided to the subject property’s owner or their representative.  Then individuals such as the owner, property manager, on-site maintenance representative, component service representative or tenants may be interviewed to provide additional insight into the property’s history.

An Opinion of Probable Cost (estimate) to repair or improve the property is also available.  This opinion is based on information obtained during the walk-through survey, document review and key personnel interviews.  This estimate is for material deficiencies and improvements as specified by our Client.  The opinion is based on third party (contractor) estimates that are coordinated by your HABITEC representative.  Opinions of probable costs should only be construed as preliminary budgets.  Actual costs may vary.

Environmental Services for commercial building inspections are also available to our Client.  These services include a Pre-Mold Sampling survey and mold sampling for laboratory processing, radon gas testing, and water quality analysis.  Please see the Environmental Services link on this website for details of this service offer.

Depending on the complexity of the property, third party (contractor, engineer, fire prevention/response, etc.) may be contracted by HABITEC to complete any portion of the Commercial Inspection.


The result of the Commercial Building Inspection is called a Property Condition Assessment (PCA).  The PCA is presented to the Client as a written report called the Property Condition Report (PCR).  The PCR is an easy to read document that includes an Executive Summary as well as detailed information to describe the general physical condition of the property, the apparent level of preventative maintenance exercised, and a summary of any significant deferred maintenance.  Digital images are incorporated throughout the PCR to support information gathered from the walk-through survey, document review, key personnel interviews and environmental services.  If requested by the Client, attached to the PCR will be copies of records from the local municipal building and fire departments and copies of prior repair and maintenance documentation.

As you can see, HABITEC offers a complete and flexible menu of professional services to meet your Commercial Building Inspection needs.  Please click on CONTACT US to schedule a time to discuss your particular requirements.


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