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How to Perform Triple-Net Lease Inspections

About Triple-Net Leases A triple-net lease, also referred to as a net-net-net lease and NNN lease, is a lease agreement where the lessee (a single tenant) is responsible for paying the lessor (landlord) on a net-net-net basis for the following: real estate taxes; insurance; and property maintenance. This type of lease assigns building maintenance and…

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Performing Commercial Inspections: Types of Commercial Inspection Clients

Who performs commercial inspections? The commercial inspection market is a huge and largely untapped source of revenue for individual property inspectors. Commercial inspections are generally performed by either engineers and architects, or by inspection companies that offer commercial inspections in addition to residential inspections. Engineers and architects are typically single-discipline individuals who can only provide…

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Commercial Inspector Directory Listings

Online directory listings act like a digital phonebook for your commercial property inspection business. An accurate NAP (name, address, phone number) listing is important when people are searching for your business or the services you offer. An accurate address can also ensure that you appear in local listings that typically include an interactive business locator…

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Types of Commercial Buildings

A commercial property is defined as a building, structures and improvements located on a parcel of commercial real estate intended to generate a profit. Touring different properties and considering their use can help prepare you to accurately price and develop a general procedure for your commercial property inspections. Below is a list of the different…

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Backflow Preventers at Commercial Properties

Backflow preventers can be complex and are best thoroughly inspected by a plumbing professional or a certified backflow prevention inspector. However, it’s important for the commercial property inspector to be able to identify common devices and assemblies in order to accurately note them in the commercial property inspection report. Additionally, if you decide to hire…

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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…

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Creating Your Commercial Inspection Team

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…

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How Home Inspectors Can Market Their Commercial Inspection Services

As a home inspector looking to expand your list of ancillary services, the commercial property inspection is one option that’s always in demand. The training and Continuing Education you need to become a skilled home inspector also provide the foundation for establishing yourself as a well-regarded commercial inspector.  Although you will hire specialized subcontractors to…

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Commercial Steam Boilers: A Primer

by Joe Farsetta, Certified Master Inspector® and Certified Commercial Inspector   Commercial boilers are typically pressurized systems that burn combustible fuel (or sometimes use electricity) to heat water, changing the water’s liquid state to a gas –steam – which is then distributed to provide heating in a building or other structure. Steam may not be…

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The Hartford Loop

by Joe Farsetta, Certified Master Inspector® and Certified Commercial Inspector Prior to the invention of the Hartford Loop and low-water shutoff, steam boilers could quickly become unstable and unsafe to operate. Cracked boilers – or worse yet, exploding boilers – plagued the industry, so much so, in fact, that one insurer took it upon itself…

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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…

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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,…

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