1. Site characteristics like paving, utilities, and landscaping:
Site characteristics should be assessed to ensure that the site is in good condition, has adequate drainage and access to all necessary utilities (water and electricity). Additionally, landscaping should be inspected for safety hazards such as overgrown trees or shrubs that could potentially damage the building or property.
2. Heating and plumbing systems:
Heating and plumbing systems should be inspected for functionality, safety, and efficiency. Inspectors should check for proper insulation, functioning shut-off valves, leaks, evidence of water damage or corrosion and any other potential issues that could endanger building occupants or lead to costly repairs.
3. Structural frame condition:
The structural frame of the building should be assessed to ensure it is anchored securely in place with no signs of deterioration or instability. Additionally, all walls and floors should be checked for signs of wear or cracking to avoid potential collapses within the building over time.
4. Electrical and mechanical systems:
Electrical wiring, outlets and switches must be inspected for any signs of damage or malfunction. Additionally, the mechanical systems must be assessed for safety and functionality to ensure that equipment runs properly and efficiently.
5. Surface of the roof:
The surface of the roof should be checked for any cracks, holes, water damage or other signs of deterioration. Roof repairs are costly and can cause potential safety hazards if not addressed in a timely manner.
6. Ventilation and air conditioning systems:
Ventilation and air conditioning systems should be inspected to ensure they are functioning correctly and providing adequate airflow throughout the building while promoting energy efficiency. Any issues with ventilation could cause hazardous air quality concerns within the building that need to be addressed immediately before occupancy is allowed.
7. Interior and exterior elements:
The interior and exterior of the building should be inspected for signs of damage or wear, particularly around windows and doors. Additionally, all safety equipment such as fire alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and handrails should be routinely tested to ensure they are functioning correctly.
8. Fire protection:
Fire protection systems must be assessed to ensure they meet all applicable code requirements in your area. This includes inspecting fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems, alarm systems and any other type of fire suppression/prevention equipment that is installed within the building.
9. Complete document review:
It is important to thoroughly review all documents associated with the property including deeds, plans, inspection reports and permits to identify any issues that may have been overlooked during the inspection process.
10. Repair recommendations and cost analysis:
Any necessary repairs should be identified during the inspection process and a cost analysis provided to determine how best to address them. Additionally, any safety hazards or code violations should also be noted in order to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
11. Safety equipment and fire alarms:
Inspectors should check all safety equipment including fire alarms, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and emergency exit signs to make sure they are functioning correctly. In addition, any handrails or guardrails along stairways must be secure for safe use by occupants of the building.
12. Handrails, guard rails and stairways:
Any handrails or guardrails along stairways and ramps must be inspected to make sure they are secure and properly installed. Additionally, any stairs and ramps should be checked for signs of wear or deterioration that could cause potential safety hazards.
13. Emergency lighting systems:
All emergency lighting systems should be inspected to ensure they are functioning properly and providing sufficient illumination in the event of a power outage. Additionally, any exit or evacuation signs must also be checked for legibility to ensure occupants can safely find their way out of the building in an emergency situation.
14. Fire doors, windows and smoke detectors:
Fire doors and windows must be checked to ensure they are properly installed and functioning correctly. Additionally, smoke detectors should be tested on a regular basis to make sure they are in good working order and able to detect any potential fire hazards before they become dangerous.
15. ADA compliance inspection:
Any building used for commercial purposes must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and should be inspected to ensure such compliance. This includes making sure any areas of the building are accessible to people with disabilities, as well as ensuring that all signage is clearly visible.