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What to Do When the Owner of a Commercial Property Asks the Inspector for a Copy of the Inspector’s Certificate of Insurance or Asks to Be Named as an Additional Insured

by Mark Cohen, J.D., LL.M., and Nick Gromicko A commercial inspector generally works for a prospective purchaser of a property, but sometimes the owner of the property (the seller) asks the inspector for a copy of the inspector’s certificate of insurance (COI), or asks to be added to the inspector’s liability policy as an additional…

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Inspecting for Exit Signs and Emergency Lighting at Commercial Buildings

Emergencies can happen anywhere and at any time. Commercial building owners and managers must ensure the proper implementation of safety features to protect occupants. For instance, exit signs and emergency lighting are essential safety features that illuminate the path to safety in low-visibility situations. Commercial inspectors should find these features at all types of commercial…

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Types of Lateral Force-Resisting Systems in Commercial Buildings

Every structure must be designed and constructed to withstand lateral loads and horizontal loads. Structures are braced against lateral and horizontal forces in several ways. Bracing is installed perpendicular to the direction of the potential force. Bracing is often installed in every direction because forces can come from every direction. The most common bracing methods…

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Getting Started as a Commercial Inspector: Determining Your Business Structure

First, you must decide whether you’ll offer commercial property inspections by expanding the scope of your existing company’s services, or whether you should incorporate a sister company specifically for commercial property inspections. There are pros and cons to each option, and the structure that you ultimately choose will significantly affect your marketing strategy and reach.…

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Getting Started as a Commercial Inspector: Do You Have What It Takes?

Who Can Perform a Commercial Property Inspection? This video discusses how all commercial property inspections are unique and covers three basic approaches that the commercial property inspector can take based on: the single inspector; the team inspector; and experts or specialty consultants. Although it is important to understand the three basic approaches to an inspection,…

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Getting Started as a Commercial Inspector: Defining Your Service Area

Your service area comes into play in many aspects of your business, from marketing and advertising to pricing and fees. Service area parameters differ significantly by specific locations in the country, as well as an individual business based on: travel distance preferences; desire to be busy with commercial projects; existing inspection capabilities; and team member…

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Preventive Maintenance at Commercial Buildings

Regardless of the size or type of a commercial property, various kinds of maintenance must be performed, including general upkeep, emergency repairs, and special inspections (such as may be directed by an insurance company). But of particular importance for preserving buildings, equipment, and the grounds is preventive (or preventative) maintenance. What is Preventive Maintenance? Preventive…

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Low-Slope Roof Inspections Terms and Definitions

The Glossary of Terms below will help the inspector use the proper terminology in their commercial property inspection report. Consider uploading it to your reporting software, along with the CCPIA copyright technical renderings – both are available for members to use freely. Take CCPIA’s Inspecting Low-Slope Roofs Course for Commercial Property Inspectors to learn how…

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Reliance Letter from a Commercial Property Inspector

When a commercial property inspector provides a due diligence report (i.e., an inspection report or environmental assessment) as part of their client’s commercial real estate (CRE) transaction, it is for the sole use of the inspector’s client. In this case, the legal concept of “privity of contract” applies. Privity of contract is a common legal…

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How Wind Uplift Can Affect a Commercial Building’s Roof

Terms You Should Know: wind uplift: The upward-acting pressure on a roof’s components resulting from wind traveling across the roof. windward: The side of the building that’s facing the wind. leeward: The side of the building that’s sheltered from the wind; downwind. Wind Forces A building is an obstruction to wind flow and causes a…

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Reinforced Concrete Structures: Conventionally Reinforced Concrete vs. Pre-Stressed Concrete

Terms You Should Know: post-tensioning: a pre-stressing technique where steel strands are tensioned after the concrete is cast pre-stressed: concrete that undergoes internal stresses from reinforcing steel strands to offset tension stress of future loads pre-tensioning: a pre-stressing technique where steel strands are tensioned prior to the concrete being cast rebar: nickname for reinforcing bar…

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