What to Expect During a Commercial Property Inspection

Commercial property inspections demand expertise above and beyond the requirements for a residential home inspection. That’s why A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections (ABCHI) commercial inspections adhere to the International Standards of Practice for Inspecting Commercial Properties (ComSOP) – an industry-accepted guideline with a proven process and system.

Our commercial inspection includes a thorough visual examination of the condition of a property, which provides an inventory of the building’s major systems and components as well as an assessment of their physical and functional condition. 

Our commercial inspections are uniquely designed to support the complex needs of commercial buyers, sellers and their agents. All commercial buildings have limitations, and are generally costly to maintain and repair. This thorough inspection will help convey how well the property is holding up, as well as offer a good idea of anticipated maintenance and repairs moving forward from the day of the walk-through survey. 

Walk-through survey

Each commercial inspection begins with a thorough on-site visual examination of the property’s physical condition. Depending on the scope required for a particular property, the inspector may engage a team of specialty consultants. 

The assessment is focused on the building’s critical systems and components, which includes:

  • Heating and ventilation systems
  • Cooling systems
  • Plumbing system
  • Mechanical and electrical systems
  • Roof surface, drainage and penetrations 
  • Exterior elements and fixtures
  • General topography of the building site
  • Parking areas and sidewalks (for accessibility) 
  • Wood decks and balconies
  • Basement, foundation and crawlspace 
  • Doors, windows and interior
  • Life safety components 
  • Kitchen (including storage)
  • Other areas specific to the property

Document and procurement review

The inspector requests and reviews documents and records about the property (ie, lease agreements, Certificates of Occupancy, repair invoices, maintenance records). The inspector will also interview people who are knowledgeable about the building’s condition.

Inspection report

The report contains concise details from the walk-through survey, documents procured, interview results and any other third-party reports ordered as part of the inspection. This report provides an inventory of the building’s major systems and components, and an evaluation of their functional and physical condition. These findings reveal the property’s strengths and potential deficiencies, including deferred maintenance issues. 


Contact us today to schedule a Commercial Property Inspection and discuss your specific needs!