Commercial Building Inspections

Commercial PropertyInspections

Whether purchasing your first commercial property or a seasoned investor who owns several buildings, purchasing a commercial property is a significant financial commitment. Considering the cost of repairs and/or replacement of a major component on a commercial building such as the roof, HVAC, Hard surfaces, like parking lots and walkways can be very costly, knowing the condition of the building and property is very important.

Our professional commercial building inspections are performed by a certified inspector for purchasers or current owners of commercial buildings including Retirement residential buildings, Nursing homes, Apartment buildings, Retail commercial strip plazas, Medical centers, Hotels, Retail stores, Shopping centers, Multifamily housing buildings, Motels, Office buildings and Restaurants in Ontario (Ancaster, Brantford, Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington, Cambridge, Hamilton, Guelph, Milton, Stoney Creek, St Catharines, Waterdown).

What is a commercial building inspection?

A commercial building inspection, or property condition assessment (PCA), is a visual examination of the physical structure and major systems of a building used for commercial purposes.

What is covered in a commercial building inspection?

The property condition assessment will include a description of the components present in the building, observations as to the condition of the components, and recommendations as to what actions should be taken.

What does a commercial building inspection cost?

The fee for a commercial building inspection will vary, depending on the type and square footage of the building and adjacent common areas, parking structures, outbuildings etc. Generally though, the fee is $425, plus $.08 to $.15 per Square foot.  Additional fees for thermal image inspections start at $425

Areas of a commercial building inspected include:


• Electrical system

• Heating system

• Air-conditioning system

• Plumbing system and fixtures

• Roof surface (including flashings, drainage and chimneys)

• Interior components (concentrating on non-cosmetic features)

• Exterior wall components, including  doors, windows and signage

• Site components, including parking lot, walkways, driveways (excluding sewers) and retaining walls

Commercial building inspections are conducted under the protocols prescribed for property condition assessments in ASTM standard 2018-01.

What items are not included in your commercial building inspections?

Items excluded from a property condition assessment include: fire protection equipment, fire regulation compliance, building code compliance, compliance to regulations of any governmental body, entity or agency, security systems, telecommunication systems, process and recreational equipment and appliances, and underground sprinkler systems.

If evaluation of any of the excluded items is required, the client should make separate arrangements for specialty inspections. We can also arrange these inspections for you, at an additional fee added to the final invoice.

No definitive comments are offered on environmental concerns such as: urea formaldehyde foam insulation, asbestos, lead, radon gas, or polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).


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Last Edited: 10/09/2016