We have inspected them all: Businesses, Apartment Complexes, Condominiums, Townhouses, Restaurants, Warehouses, Grocery Stores, Strip Malls, Dental Offices, Medical offices, even Mortuaries.
Common statements we hear about commercial building inspections:
• “Oh, you don’t need an inspection.”
• “People don’t usually get an inspection on this type of property.”
• “Why would you need an inspection on new construction?”
• “It’s an old building; you can’t expect it to be like a new building.”
• “You are buying the property as is, there is no point in getting an inspection.”
If someone tells you any variation of one of these statements, ASK YOURSELF: Do they make money if I purchase this property?
3 things to consider for Commercial Inspections
Paden • 2015 • 9026 sf • 1 story •
Oklahoma City • 1982 • 36876 sf • 2 stories
OKC • 1928 • 4550 sf each • 2 stories
El Reno • 1972 • 12,160 sf • 1 story
Oklahoma City • 3700 sf • 2001 • 1 story
OKC • 1964 • 14000 sf • occupied • 2 story
Oklahoma City • 1917 • 3500 sf • 2 stories
Inspected by A to Z Inspections
Almost everything can be fixed and most properties, residential or commercial, are worth the effort and the money. DO NOT ALLOW UNETHICAL OR IGNORANT SELF-INTEREST TO DETER YOU FROM GETTING A THOROUGH INSPECTION. Here are some things our inspectors found that the seller had not disclosed in cases where the buyer had been told that an inspection wasn’t needed:
• One whole building in a 32-building apartment complex that had been flooded by proximate city drainage, more than once.
• A leaking old roof on an office building that was presented as a new roof.
• A totaled roof on a hair salon that “had just been checked by the insurance company and was fine.” (The owner had received and spent the money for the roof.)
• A burned-out kitchen and termites in both buildings in a two-building apartment complex. Both real estate agents had advised that it wasn’t customary to get an inspection and that everything had been disclosed.
• A strip shopping center where all the electrical wiring had been stolen. The owner (after saying that an inspection was not needed) said, “Oh, I was going to tell him about it before closing.” But it was not disclosed until our inspection.
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What do commercial inspectors look for and why you need and inspection whether you are buying or selling a building.
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