Most States, but not all, require a home inspector to have some form of credentialing. This could be a state issued license or a state sanctioned registration but, very few if any, require a license to provide commercial property to building inspections. It is for this reason you should do your research before choose your commercial building inspector.
Here are some tips to choosing the right commercial building inspector:
First, make sure they are insured to provide the scope of services and inspections you need. Even though certain home inspectors might be qualified to do commercial building inspection they may not have the proper insurance endorsements and without that you will be potentially left exposed.
Second, ask for a project list or list of experience. Most commercial inspectors are proud to provide you with a list of projects or even a client list. Knowing you commercial inspector has a historical reference or experience with a property you are looking to purchase can help in the process.
Third, clearly understanding the scope and extent of the inspection is key. Most commercial inspections are performed using the ASTM 2018-01 Guidelines. This establishes a clear reference point and client expectations. It will also allow both the client and the inspector the ability to create a very specific project standard as well.
Lastly, price is not everything. Most residential home inspectors do not understand the complexities and building dynamics associated with a commercial structure. The pricing is much like that of a residential inspection. A commercial inspector will typically look at the building and determine the price based upon the certain factors, limitations and scope they see unique to the project.
The BrickKicker has been an expert in providing both residential and commercial building inspections since 1989. Please call and talk with your The BrickKicker prior to your next commercial inspection.