05 Aug Who Conducts a Commercial Building Inspection?
Property managers can and should walk around their buildings to check for cracks or any other structural flaws. However, these routine checkups aren’t enough to keep a building in good shape. Building owners also need to hire professional building inspectors to perform in-depth assessments of their facilities.
This post will cover which professionals are able to tackle these inspections and why they should be performed frequently.
Private building inspectors
The first group of people that can perform commercial inspections work for private companies like Knauss Property Services, LLC. These teams provide property condition assessments (PCAs) for currently occupied buildings as well as for new builds.
A PCA involves looking over an entire facility and the surrounding structure. During this procedure, an inspector will check everything from the concrete footing to the electrical and plumbing systems. We can also provide a security and risk assessment to ensure there are no unforeseen structural issues that may lead to catastrophic injuries.
Public building inspectors
Many U.S. cities require all structures to undergo an inspection performed by a government-employed building inspector. These inspections include all aspects of a PCA mentioned above, but they go further in-depth regarding the facility’s safety and general compliance.
For example, a public inspector will ensure the building is in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association’s safety requirements. They’ll also check that the building is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design.
Why are inspections important?
We wouldn’t go above and beyond with our commercial inspections if it weren’t crucial to do so. These are a few reasons to have inspections performed regularly:
- Stay in code: First and foremost, you’ll want to stay in compliance with all local building codes. Failure to meet specific codes will result in hefty fines and might even lead to your building being shut down until the problems are addressed. Hiring a public inspector is required to ensure you’re in full compliance.
- Identify problems early: Hopefully, your building doesn’t have any structural flaws, but if it does, an inspection is the best way to catch them before the issues get worse. Identifying problem areas right away can result in less expensive repairs while ensuring you don’t need to shut your facility down while those repairs are being made.
- Retain property value: Even if you aren’t planning on selling your building anytime soon, you still want to retain your property value. Getting a public or private inspection and making any necessary repairs or upgrades is the best way to ensure your building doesn’t drop in value.
Hire Knauss Property Services, LLC today
Because the weather’s generally nicer right now, summertime is the best season to hire a team of building inspectors. If you need a private building inspector, be sure to choose Knauss Property Services, LLC. We provide comprehensive services for a variety of clients to keep their buildings in perfect condition and avoid any disasters. Request a quote today or give us a call to see what we can do for your building.