Inspecting the Commercial Kitchen Exhaust

Many commercial building inspections include some sort of kitchen. Some kitchens are similar to those found in homes, while others are much more complex in terms of size and system components. Understanding the technical components of a commercial kitchen exhaust hood will help the commercial inspector better identify defects and work with specialty consultants or…

Creating a Team of Expert Consultants for Your Commercial Property Inspection Business

No one person has all the technical knowledge to perform every commercial inspection single-handedly.  Many commercial inspection projects simply demand that a number of experts and specialists be contracted to help complete the inspection project. The International Standards of Practice for Inspecting Commercial Properties defines “consultant” as: “a person with particular expertise in a subject who assists the…

Hiring Independent Contractors

It’s common for a commercial property inspector to act as the project manager for a particular job. This inspector is in charge of the overall planning and execution of a particular project, which typically involves hiring specialty consultants, also known as independent contractors or subcontractors. A specialty consultant is typically hired to help the inspector…

Scope of ADA Title III for Accessibility Inspections

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) The Americans with Disabilities Act is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability in areas including employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications, and access to state and local government programs and services. Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act focuses on businesses and other public facilities,…

Commercial Inspection Legal Case Library

CCPIA’s Commercial Inspection Legal Case Library is a compilation of summaries of legal cases involving lawsuits in the commercial inspection industry. Some cases involve commercial building property owners or developers, insurance companies or claims, mold inspections, and fraud on the part of the seller. All of the cases are compelling and educational, whether you’ve been…

How to Price a Commercial Building Inspection

How to Price a Commercial Building Inspection

Being a home inspector naturally means you can inspect commercial and industrial buildings too because they’re just bigger, right?  Well, for some that is a true statement.  There’s a structure, a roof, and HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems, so what could be so difficult?  If the phone call comes, all I have to do is…

Occupancy Load Signs

Occupancy load refers to the number of people permitted in a building at one time based on the building’s floor space and function. The occupancy load must be posted on signs, which are sometimes called maximum occupancy signs, so that this information is publicly available. To exceed occupancy load or fail to post-occupancy load signs…

Visual Inspection of Concrete

Most information available about concrete is written for contractors, for those who design concrete mixes, and for those who perform invasive testing. The information provided here is specifically for those who perform non-invasive, visual inspections of concrete, such as home inspectors or commercial property inspectors using the International Standards of Practice for Inspecting Commercial Properties. In…

Zoning Ordinances for Inspectors

Zoning ordinances are restrictions on land use set by local governments. These may be use-based or they may regulate lot coverage, building height, or a variety of other characteristics.  Inspectors can better serve their clients by learning how zoning laws affect construction in the areas in which they operate, although offering advice regarding zoning or…