Commercial or Multi Residential
A commercial property includes any property that is zoned commercial or a multi family building with more than four units. The inspection is a Property Condition Assessment (PCA) based on the ASTM E2018-15 Commercial Standards, and is a walk-through survey to identify and communicate physical deficiencies.
Unlike Home Inspections, there are no regulations in BC that requires a commercial inspector to have training, so when you hire an inspector, consider ensuring they follow the Standard. The ASTM standard is an American Standard used across Canada. The Standard is considered detailed enough that we don’t need our own in Canada.
Pam completed the Carson Dunlop Commercial Building Inspections Course in 2018 and inspects Commercial and Multi – Residential Buildings from Nanaimo to Port Hardy including the West Coast of the Island and Powell River. She has an eye for detail and the experience needed to provide a comprehensive and easy to read report.
If you’re not familiar with the ASTM standard for Commercial buildings, get in touch with Pam and she’ll provide you with a copy of the Standard and answer your questions.
Commercial inspections include a walk-through survey to identify and communicate physical deficiencies to the Site, Structural Frame and Building Envelope, Roofing, Plumbing, Heating, Air Condition and Ventilation, Electrical, Vertical Transportation, Life Safety/Fire Protection, and Interior Elements.
Keeping in mind that the Standard is American based, there are several parts that do no apply to our area, either due to regulations or services that are better suited for inspections completed by engineers or environmental companies.
Mindful Inspection’s Commercial Inspections follow the ASTM E2018-15 Standard Guide for Property Condition Assessments: Baseline Property Condition Assessment Process, with exception to ‘Verification of Measurements and Quantities’, ‘Service Company Research’, ‘Flood Plain Designation’, ‘American with Disabilities Act Survey – ADA’, and ‘Opinions of Probable Costs to Remedy’.
Since ‘Opinions of Probable Costs to Remedy’ has no set standards with the cost of supplies increasing exponentially the last few years, buyers should ensure they have at least 5 business days after the inspection report is received, to obtain quotes if needed. The report is typically completed within 5 days of the inspection.