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Commercial Property Inspection for Buyers

Commercial property inspections are performed for first-time buyers and longtime investors who want to add to their portfolio. It’s one of the smartest decisions they can make during their due-diligence contingency period. Regardless of a client’s experience in buying commercial real estate, the commercial inspection is an investment, and investing should never be done haphazardly…

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Specialty Real Estate Inspection

Specialty real estate inspections are performed on a variety of property types, including self-storage facilities, car washes, gas stations, churches, schools, amusement centers, restaurants, museums, and libraries. Specialty real estate inspections are conducted for different types of real estate transactions and clientele, include building owners, net lease occupants, and commercial property investors. Commercial inspectors understand…

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Retail Property Inspection

Retail property inspections are performed on a range of commercial spaces, from small facilities like pad sites and individual suites, to large complexes like malls, shopping centers, and power centers. The clientele for these inspections includes investors, lessors, and current and prospective lessees. Retail markets are competitive for all businesses, both for their product or…

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Office Real Estate Inspection

Office real estate inspections are provided for a range of commercial businesses.  These include various business professionals, medical and dental practices, tech firms, and more for different types of real estate transactions. Such an inspection can occur before the purchase or sale of a commercial property, or at any time during the lease of the…

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Multi-Unit Residential Property Inspection

A multi-unit residential property inspection is performed for a range of clientele, including mortgage lenders, investors, condominium associations, and property managers, and for a variety of different real estate transactions, or as part of a standard maintenance and repair strategy. Unlike most commercial properties, a multi-dwelling property experiences continual usage as long as the unit…

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Industrial Building Inspection

Industrial building inspections are performed on many types of commercial spaces, including manufacturing facilities (both light assembly and heavy manufacturing), warehouses, flex spaces, commercial condominiums, distribution centers, art studios, showrooms, and similar buildings. Commercial inspectors understand that industrial buildings are dynamic. They encompass many different types of production and storage, and, in some cases, operate…

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Hospitality Real Estate Inspection

Hospitality real estate inspections are performed for hotels, motels, resorts, and convention centers for a variety of clientele, real estate transactions, and as part of a standard maintenance and repair strategy. Commercial inspectors recognize that hospitality real estate is dynamic. Such a property hosts and serves guests and its workforce 24 hours a day, 365…

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Commercial Rooftop Unit (RTU) Basics

The RTU is the most widely used commercial heating and the cooling unit found in the U.S. The rooftop unit is sometimes called a package unit, as all its components are contained in one unit. The RTU is usually a direct-expansion (DX) unitary system, which means that the air is cooled by a refrigerant, and…

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Central Plant Systems and Chilled Water Systems

Central plant systems typically consist of components to provide chilled water for cooling, and use a boiler for heating water. Boilers typically operate at 17º F to 200º F, although most units that are manufactured currently are computer-controlled and may operate at as low as 100º F, depending on the exterior temperatures and the heat…