What We Inspect

Commercial Inspection Standards

All of our inspections are performed in accordance with the International Standards of Practice for Inspecting Commercial Properties, authored and maintained by InterNACHI and the CCPIA. As your inspection needs dictate, the standards can be amended to either add, omit, or customize items and areas as you see fit.

It’s your scope of work. It’s your inspection.

The following outline details our standard framework.


Roof Covering. Presence of Exposed Membrane. Slope of Roof. Evidence of Ponding. Gutters and Downspouts. Roof Penetrations. Vents. Flashings. Skylights. Chimneys. General Structure and Condition of Roof. Repair Deficiencies and Repair Needs.

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Exterior Siding. Flashing. Trim. Exterior Doors. Decks. Stairs. Porches. Railings. Building Fascia. Safety Hazards. Windows. Landscaping and Vegetation. Surface Draining. Stormwater Drainage. Property Topography. Parking Areas. Sidewalks. Exterior Lighting. Fire Hydrant Clearances. Exterior Wall Coverings.

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Wooden Decks and Balconies. Visible Decay. Paint Failure and Buckling. Nail Pullout. Fastener Rust and Corrosion. Ledger Flashing. Vertical Posts. Trip Hazards. Handrails. Guardrails and Infill. Multi-Ply Beam Spans. Sawn Wood Spans. Impact on Building Egress. Exposure to Drainage Wetting.

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Basement. Foundation. Crawlspace. Visible Structural Components. Under-Floor Access Points. Present or Past Indications of Water Penetration. Wood Contact to Soil. Indications of Foundation Movement. Sheetrock Cracks. Masonry Cracks. Out-of-Square Frames or Slopes. Cutting or Notching of Framing Members. Safety Hazards.


Gas Meter Installations and Identification. Heating System Controls. Fueling Source. Heating Method. Need for Operational Repairs. Verification of Access. Level Service Platforms. Receptacle Placement. Piping System and Drainage. Piping Exposure to Damage. Safety Hazards. Pipe Sleeves on Penetrations. Gas Piping Identification. Combustion Hazards. Exhaust Routing. Air Intakes. Flooding Conditions. Evidence of Past Flooding. Condensate Drains.

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Air-Conditioning Compressors. Multi-System Identification. Cooling System Controls. Receptacle Placement. Verification of Access. Level Service Platforms. Safety Hazards. Pipe Sleeves on Penetrations. Piping Support. Flooding Conditions. Evidence of Past Flooding. Condensate Drains.


Main Shut-Off. Back-Flow Preventer. Water-Heating Equipment and Installation. Toilets. Sinks. Tubs and Showers. Fixtures and Faucets. Fuel Storage Systems. Sump Pumps. Drainage and Waste Shut-Off. Water Supply Sourcing. Functional Flow. Deficiencies and Need for Repairs. Mechanical Drain Stops. Lavatory Fixture Cracking and Mounting. Piping Support.


Service Drop / Lateral. Meter Socket Enclosures. Service-Entrance Conductors. Insulation and Sheath Deterioration. Service Main Disconnect. Service-Entrance Equipment. Physical Damage. Overheating or Corrosion. Amperage Rating. Working Space. Labeling. Service Grounding and Bonding. Switches. Light Fixtures. Receptacles. AFCI Protection. Faceplates and Covers. Junction Boxes. GFCI Protection. Smoke Detectors. Proper Cording and Wiring. Safety Hazards.


Fire Basins. Opening and Closing of Damper Doors. Accessibility of Damper Doors. Hearth Extensions. Permanently Installed Components. Repair Deficiencies. Lintel. Hearth. Surrounding Materials. Clearance from Combustible Materials.


Unfinished Spaces. Insulation. Ventilation of Attic Spaces. Mechanical Ventilation Systems. Absent Insulation. Limited or Deficient Insulation.


Condition and Operation of Doors. Condition and Operation of Windows. Walls. Ceilings. Steps. Stairways and Railings. Garage Doors. Garage Door-Openers and Motorized or Mechanical Doors. Interior Egress Paths. Loading Docks. Elevators. Escalators. Window Seals. Double Pane Glass. Repair Needs.

Life Safety

Fire Access Roads. Overhead Obstructions. Overhead Wire Clearance. Address Visibility. Street Identification. Hydrant Clearance. Safety Glass Conformance. Storage of Flammables and Combustibles. Heater Shielding and Clearance. Exit Obstructions. Authorization Room Storage. No Smoking Signs. Fire Alarm Systems. Alarm Panel Accessibility. Fire Extinguishers. Commercial Kitchen Fire Suppression. Sprinkler Systems. Emergency Lighting. Exit Signs. Fire Corridors and Stairwells. Fire-Separation Doors. Egress Doors. Safety Hazards. Safety Equipment Accessibility.

Cooking Area

Exhaust Systems of Smoke and Grease-Laden Equipment Including Deep-Fat Fryers, Ranges, Griddles, Broilers, and Woks. Exhaust Interior Surface Cleaning and Accessibility. Grease Buildup. Steel and Stainless Steel Hood Composition. Grease Filters in Exhaust Paths. Independence of Kitchen Exhaust Systems. Ventilation and Exhaust Ducting and Routing. Discharge and Outlet of Exhaust Systems. Commercial Kitchen Fire Extinguishers. Manual-Actuation Devices on Egress Paths. Identification of Protected Hazards. Safety Hazards.

International Standards

View the entire International Standards of Practice for Inspecting Commercial Properties, accessible online and hosted at CCPIA.org. All inspection guidelines including standard operating procedures, inspection items, non-inspection items, and the standard scope of work are fully detailed in an exhaustive format.

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