I have the opportunity to place a bid with a state department to inspect multiple buildings for the local 4-H program. Where the heck to start… They are mostly interested in finding potential safety concerns to the 4-H members. I requested a list of the buildings so I can do a quick walk around and I have contacted my insurance carrier to ensure coverage.
Looking for ideas on how someone might put together a professional looking bid for this type of inspection request.
This is the list of building to inspect
horse barn x 2
potentially a 4H kitchen?
so… 17 barns that include 2 restrooms. I am not 100% positive on this list of barns.
I hope this is helpful information,
That is basically the information I have so far, not sure how to procede.
Without knowing the size of these structures $100 each might be very low. I just did a commercial inspection with multiple buildings. Some were no more than pre built wood storage buildings and I was more than double that price.
The same guy has contacted numerous inspectors in this area for inspecting these buildings at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. Very little information was given on what they want inspected. Unless someone is familiar with livestock buildings, they should not consider performing this type of inspection. There can be many unique items that “city folk” may never have seen. It is not a “home inspection”, it is a commercial inspection. Are roof inspections part of the deal? Got a bucket truck? It may very well take that to access some of the structures. This is the type of inspection that takes a walk through as well as specific directions from the client prior to attempting a bid. I didn’t want to drive the 70 miles one way without clear direction on what needed to be inspected. Good luck.
The “Van Zee” building is 6900 sq ft and used as the food court during the fair. It is used for swap meets, trade shows and animal training. Electrical is 60 (120v) and 13 (240v) receptacles, propane hook ups, 4 large roll up doors, one regular door, irrigation room, and possibly 3 phase power.
The other buildings all appear to be more animal oriented. That could present very interesting inspection issues.
I wonder how many of the receptacles throughout the area are GFCI protected. Are barns considered damp locations? Like when they hose down the runways and barns for cleanliness? This will definitely take a specialized agreement and clearly written scope of inspection.
I have been trying to upload some photos I took on my tablet during a brief walk through with no success. One of the barns I measured was 45 by 150 feet with rot and WDO damage readily visible. This was about the average size of the barns. The Van Zee building would be the most complex by far and has a much higher roof than the other buildings. I did not see any electric fencing.
When inspecting the barns, it’s PRUDENT to know what type of animal is in each barn. Different animals are attracted to chewing on different things. Different animals use their enclosures for different things as well. MOST animals will scratch on the whole structure, make sure there’s nothing protruding ANYWHERE in the enclosures. Even the slightest, trust me, we ignored a nail head in a stall at a World Show in Tulsa OK one time, it wasn’t even sticking out enough to put my fingernail under, and our horse got his halter stuck on it, tried to break his own neck. Luckily we were right there and could calm him down enough to make it only a pulled neck muscle. Still had to pull out of the competition, and that nail basically cost us the $300 stall fee for the week, the $150 per class entry fee for the week (we had him in 5 classes), and a $350 vet exam.