Building inspections are performed by building inspectors, individuals who are employed by either a municipal government county or state and is typically qualified in one or more fields thereby qualifying them to form expert judgment as to whether a structure meets acceptable building standards. They serve as impartial third parties, reporting findings of fact to the concerned authority. Their reports may be used for legal proceedings such as planning applications for a building, determining the suitability of a proposed structure for certain types of uses and sometimes for refusing a building permit. In addition, they may be employed for determining whether to grant a building permit. For example, they may be hired to determine if a proposed business will be granted a permit to start operation or whether there are certain conditions that need to be met before a structure can receive a permit.
A good idea before hiring anyone to perform an inspection of a commercial building is to make sure that he is well-versed in the particular field of construction that he will be examining. It is best if he has at least three years experience inspecting buildings, preferably with at least two of them. If you already have a builder with whom you have already outsourced some of your work, it may be a good idea to ask him about his recommendations. Most builders would have a good idea of the kind of services they would offer and the kind of equipment they would use. However, if you don't know anyone whose services you prefer you could search on the internet for 'building inspection' and 'building inspection Los Angeles' to get options available.
You should be aware that there are different kinds of inspections. For example, a building inspector may decide to perform an electrical inspection. While the purpose of these inspections is to discover the existence and the severity of the defects, they do not necessarily include the fixing of the said defects. Thus, it is important to note that the decision of the building inspector to recommend a particular fixing is not based solely on the severity or presence of the defects; it also takes into account other factors such as extent of the damages, frequency of occurrence and the degree of inconvenience caused by the repairs.
When hiring a commercial building inspectors, you really need to pay attention to the details. Always ask about the qualifications of the individual. Check if he is really qualified to inspect a specific type of building. Is he really qualified to measure the quality of the building materials used? You really need to know if he is capable of detecting the presence of defects as indicated by his examination of the building.
You may also want to inquire about the frequency of the review. How many years has the building inspector was performing his duties? How frequent do the inspections have to be done? Exterior building inspections, although recommended by experts, can be expected to be scheduled only once in a few years or, at the most, once every five years. It is important to check how frequently such inspections will be conducted to determine if your insurance provider is providing the right coverage.
One of the best ways to find out how thorough a building inspection report is to ask for a copy of the report just after the inspection. If you find some parts of the report interesting then you can ask the inspector to explain the specifics of the review so that you can understand the content more clearly. However, you should remember to request for a copy of the report even if there are only a few minor defects since the inspection usually does not identify the complete extent of damage. A good company will provide a written statement with all the details included on their report in order to provide you with the complete report.