There are a lot of unknowns that are associated with purchasing a property. While a property may appear flawless from the outside, its internal features may need to be inspected to ensure the structure is in good condition.
If you’re buying a home, you may want to double check that it is structurally sound, free of pests and devoid of termite damage. When dealing with a commercial property, you may want to ensure that the building is compliant with fire regulations, plumbing and electrical features.
A building inspection allows both residential and commercial property owners to ensure their structure meets established standards and regulations.
For most people, purchasing a home is one of the biggest investments that they will make. It is therefore important for you to protect your investment by making sure it is in good condition when you purchase it. A residential building inspection ensures that any necessary repairs and construction issues are identified before you purchase the home.
A building inspection can enable you to catch underlying issues with the property that are not visible to the naked eye. Most reputable inspectors will carry out a detailed top to bottom inspection and identify any issues that require your attention. They will often generate a detailed inspection report that both you and the seller can review and act upon.
What is involved in a residential building inspection?
When you call in a building inspector to take a look at your property, they will inspect the following:
- Checking the structure of the home for termite infestations. A building inspection can also check for signs of pest infestations such as wood ants, cockroaches, rodents, etc.
- Inspecting the roofing material to make sure it is structurally sound
- Inspecting the heating and cooling system of the home to make sure the HVAC is functional
- Checking the plumbing and electrical systems of the property
Purchasing a commercial property is a significant investment. That is why a building inspection is important in ensuring the building is not only structurally sound, but it adheres to fire safety and other regulations. Indeed, a commercial property is typically subjected to more stringent requirements for ensuring public safety.
As a result, the building will always have to adhere to plumbing and wastewater regulations, electrical safety requirements, and fire code regulations. A commercial building inspection is important in ensuring the structure you intend to purchase meets these requirements. In addition, on-going inspections will ensure that you remain compliant with the relevant code at all times.