The job of commercial building inspectors is to report and detect potential hazards to safety, property, people and buildings. They also have the responsibility to prevent property damage. Commercial building inspectors are subject to periodic certification and licensing to ensure the highest level of expertise and professionalism. They make sure that commercial buildings, such as warehouses, storage areas, shops, public areas and schools, hospitals, and other places of business are in good condition. They perform many duties such as inspecting material and system faults, inspecting equipment and machinery, performing site visits and assessments, preparing inspection reports for clients, and conducting emergency spot checks.
A typical commercial building inspector will conduct general
periodic inspections in accordance with the current local building code. Shawnee’s current building code is fully compliant with the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Method for Classification and Design of Commercial Buildings. In Kansas City, Mo., the Commercial Code of Professional Engineers (CCPE) requires commercial buildings to be inspected annually. A three-step exam is required to become a commercial building inspector. These exams are the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the Commercial Code of Professional Engineers(CCPE) Examination, and the Fire Protection Exam in Kansas City.
In some cases commercial building inspectors will specialize in a particular type of building. One might specialize in roofing inspections. Inspectors also may work in the plumbing, electrical, HVAC, insulation, and heating inspection fields. Specialty training can be earned through the U.S. Department of Urban Housing and Development (HUD) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Independent professionals, commercial property inspections inspect buildings for compliance to local and national law. They are employed by commercial realtors, managers, building owners and managers. Commercial property inspectors examine a property for compliance with applicable laws such as those governing asbestos removal, lead paint, fire safety, insulation, sound quality, tenant care, zoning, building maintenance, and pest control. In addition to inspecting property conditions, commercial realtors and managers rely on these inspectors to ensure necessary safety measures have been taken.
Most commercial building inspectors require extensive training and work experience in order to effectively perform their job. Many inspectors get their special education through both classroom instruction and on-the job training. After completing their education, some inspectors of commercial buildings will complete an apprenticeship program. Upon completion of their training, they will be able to take the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Certified Building Inspection and Restoration course. Furthermore, many inspectors attain their first professional licenses by participating in the examination administered by the Missouri State Board of License Inspectors.
It is important to do thorough research before hiring commercial building inspectors. It is important that the person hired has the required expertise, work experience, certification, and certification to perform the work. The most skilled inspectors are more likely to spot problems that need immediate attention and make it easier to repair them. You as a business owner should be able trust the people who inspect commercial buildings and the procedures that were followed during the inspection. These issues are important and will help you decide if an individual is the right person for the job.
When selecting a commercial building inspectors
It is best to look for individuals who have at least five years of experience. Also, the individual should hold a national title or certification, which demonstrates previous training and experiences in the field. A good commercial inspector should possess additional qualifications including multiple certifications from various associations in addition to a relevant degree. A commercial inspector should not only have a relevant degree but also be licensed in both state and national bodies. This will ensure that an individual has the knowledge necessary to effectively perform the duties associated with inspections.
It is important to consider whether they will be available to follow-up with clients after the project is over. Most inspectors charge based on how long it takes to complete the inspection. To better understand the plans of the commercial inspector to deal with any problems that may arise during construction, it is a good idea for you to request a follow up interview. It is also a good idea ask about specific recommendations made during the construction by the commercial building inspectors. If the commercial inspectors do not provide specific recommendations, it may be beneficial to find another contractor.