A commercial building’s regular preventive maintenance should also include periodic inspection by professional building inspectors to more thoroughly assess the overall condition and safety of the property.

Commercial buildings are accessible to the public, and it is the responsibility of building owners and management to keep their tenants, vendors, and visitors safe and to provide them with a certain level of comfort and security. A periodic commercial building inspection ensures all these, and that the property is in compliance with all commercial building regulations and up-to-date on all relevant licenses and certifications.

What is included in a periodic commercial building inspection?

Routine inspections of a commercial property is mandatory to maintain standards of cleanliness, comfort, safety and security. But a more extensive inspection by professionals, on a regular basis, is also necessary to guarantee that the building is up to code and all critical systems are in good working order. A periodic commercial building inspection includes assessment of the following:

  • Building and grounds. The building’s structural stability and overall safety will be inspected. The inspector will look for cracks in the foundation, signs of dampness, leakages, and other structural problems; public safety hazards, including debris, loose tiles, puddles, and ice/snow, will also be on his checklist.
  • Major systems. Different certified professionals will have to inspect the different major systems of the commercial building, which include HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems, and fire and safety systems. Inspection schedules will be determined by each system’s manufacturer’s specifications, as well as seasonal changes and extreme weather conditions that could affect system performance and condition.
  • Internal and external building modifications. All modifications done after the last inspection will have to meet building and zoning regulations.
  • Expert recommendations on property maintenance. A comprehensive inspection report will detail all necessary repairs and replacement, as well as expert advice on proper building maintenance and ways to prevent issues and protect the building’s overall health and value.

An effective preventive maintenance plan for a commercial property must include a periodic commercial building inspection, conducted by certified professionals. In addition to protecting themselves from liability, being able to identify existing problems at the earliest possible time, as well as potential problems, will help save building owners money on unexpected repair costs and prevent larger issues or damages. A professional commercial building inspection will also ensure that the building’s critical systems are working properly, thereby also ensuring that tenants and guests will continue to receive a reasonable level of cleanliness, comfort, safety, and security.