Originally Posted By: rmeyers
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Locally, commercial buildings are generally designed under the license of practicing Architects and Engineers which in turn supervise the construction. When I get a call to look at a commercial building, I am usually very leary of the situation I may be getting into.
It again comes back to the initial communications between the potential client and myself as to what is expected from my inspection. A commercial
inspection often brings out greater expectations of Code Compliance issues which is generally NOT what our inspections are all about! If I know on my initial contact that this is what my client is expecting I try to get them to deal directly with the Local Jurisdiction Having Authority!
You may also want to get your insurance agents take on the differences between commercial and residential inspections. When we get into public access buildings with Life Safety Codes, Occupancy issues, Fire ratings, Egress, it's a whole new can of worms and we need to be careful how our reports may be interpreted and used.
As Joe Myers pointed out, about every trade does things different on commercial work than they do on residential. So we as inspectors have to broaden our knowledge of the additional construction systems we will be inspecting. As well as learning to deal with what I perceive as a more legalistic and often hostile business environment we may put our self into if not careful.
I'm really not trying to be negative on doing commercial inspections, I just want to emphasize that we do our homework and know what we are getting into! (As on all our inspections!)
(Clear communications with our client is always the key!)