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3 Things to Consider When Getting a Commercial Building Inspection

When you’re in need of a commercial building inspection, there are three things you should always consider. One is the cost of the inspection and the value—what you are going to spend on the commercial inspection and what you’re going to get back. Another is the quality of the inspection report that you get after the inspection has been completed. Finally, you will be concerned with the timing—whether you can get the commercial inspection at the time you want it to be performed.

The Cost and Value of a Commercial Building Inspection

Commercial inspections are performed on everything from a high-rise apartment building to a warehouse or a dentist’s office. The person ordering the inspection often saves money since they have the opportunity to negotiate either the repair of any problems discovered or the cost of the property based on the information revealed in the commercial inspection report. Since commercial inspections cover the main systems of a property, roofing, plumbing, electrical, and HVAC, any issue found could be significant and costly. There’s often a big difference when you compare those potential savings to the cost of the commercial inspection, making the inspection more than worth it.


While there are many inspectors who would be willing to perform a commercial inspection, you should hire an inspector who has real experience and the qualifications needed to conduct a commercial inspection. Make sure to ask your inspector about his or her experience and qualifications.


Very simply, the timing depends on how well your schedule works with that of your chosen inspector. In many cases, you’ll want to schedule your commercial inspection during normal business hours on a weekday. Most inspectors will do everything they can to accommodate your schedule. The timing also depends on the size of the building to be inspected. Be sure you can give your inspector the square footage of the property in question so that he or she will be able to determine how much time will be needed for the inspection. While you will certainly want to ask the inspector questions before deciding whether or not he or she will be the one that you hire, remember that you only have a small window during which the inspection can be performed, so don’t wait too long to schedule your commercial building inspection.

Advantage Inspection Services offers commercial building inspections to small commercial building owners, buyers, and sellers throughout Central Pennsylvania. Contact us today to book your appointment.