Commercial Property Condition Assessment

When purchasing a commercial building, it is every bit as crucial to get it inspected as you would a house. Having a proper commercial inspection, or property condition assessment (PCA), can save you thousands of dollars. The building inspectors at The Real Estate Inspection Company are ready to assist with our professional inspection services. Call (800) 232-5180 or schedule now. We proudly serve San Diego, Orange County, and Riverside County.

You can trust the professionals at The Real Estate Inspection Company to perform your property condition assessment to CCPIA and ASTM E2018-15 standards and to provide exceptional communication, value, clarity, and technical expertise.

Commercial Inspections

Whether you plan on purchasing, occupying, leasing, or selling a commercial building, consider having it thoroughly inspected. As a buyer, you will have negotiating power if your offer is based on the facts of our comprehensive building inspections.

The Real Estate Inspection Company has a large team of inspectors. We can scale resources to address your needs like no other inspection company. From small, free-standing buildings to large apartment complexes, we can perform a property condition assessment in a timely manner and provide you with a report on defective items requiring immediate attention, as well as deferred maintenance that will require capital investment in the future. We offer several services for our commercial customers:

  • Due diligence building inspections
  • Property condition assessments (PCAs)
  • Triple net lease inspections
  • Acquisition (purchase) inspections
  • Apartment complex inspections
  • Moisture investigations
  • Mold testing
  • Roof leak assessment
  • Thermal imaging
  • General maintenance building inspections
  • Cost to cure (opinions of cost to remedy deficiencies)
  • Accessibility inspections
  • Phase 1 environmental site assessments
  • Thermal imaging (including thermography of electrical panels/panelboards)
  • Drone overview of building and parking areas
  • Preventative maintenance inspections (maintenance strategy program)

Prior to the inspection, we may request documentation from the seller. These documents can include ADA assessments, maintenance records, disclosure statements, environmental reports, permits, and recent repairs. The more information we have, the better the report will be.

Commercial Property Condition Assessment Reports

We’re proud of the peer-reviewed, multi-media reports we create for our clients. They are packed with information and contain the following:


Inventory of systems

Thermal imaging pictures

Opinions of costs (immediate repair/replacement costs)

Embedded videos


Report summary with a list of repair items that functions as a repair list

PDF version of report for emailing and downloading

Overall, we’ve found that most of our clients get a return of three to four times the cost of the inspection in seller concessions. The combined inspector experience from our certified commercial property inspectors that goes into each report is unmatched in Southern California.

What Does a Commercial Building Inspection Include?

Commercial property inspections are performed for first-time buyers and longtime investors who want to add to their portfolios. It’s one of the smartest decisions they can make during their due-diligence contingency period. Regardless of a client’s experience in buying commercial real estate, the commercial inspection is an investment, and investing should never be done haphazardly or allow for important items to be overlooked.

A commercial property inspection will provide information on the physical condition of the property as a whole. It will also list an inventory of the building’s major systems and components and an evaluation of their functional and physical condition. These findings will highlight the property’s strengths and potential deficiencies, as well as deferred maintenance issues.

As a baseline, the assessment will include a thorough visual inspection that is focused on the building’s critical systems and components, including the following:

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  • Heating and ventilation systems
  • Cooling systems
  • Plumbing systems
  • Mechanical and electrical systems
  • Roof surface, drainage, and penetrations
  • Exterior elements and fixtures
  • General topography of the building site
  • Poor installation and workmanship
  • Inadequate design for the intended use
  • Deferred maintenance
  • Environmental damage or risks
  • Visual Mold Assessment
  • Parking areas and sidewalks (to check for barriers to accessibility)
  • Wood decks and balconies
  • Basement, foundation, and crawlspace
  • Doors, windows, and interior
  • Life safety components
  • Kitchen area, including storage
  • Other site-specific areas of concern
  • Moisture investigations
  • Mold testing and inspection
  • Roofing system inspection
  • Thermal imaging
  • General maintenance building inspections
  • Sewer Scope Inspection
  • Systems near the end of their service life

Every commercial property inspection project is different. Contact us to discuss the specific needs for your project.

Our inspections tell the story of your commercial property.

Properties We Inspect


Shopping Centers

Multi-Family / Apartments





Specialty (churches, schools, carwash, self-storage facilities, restaurants, libraries)

Commercial Inspection FAQ

Various laws around the world require public accommodations to provide goods and services to people with disabilities on an equal basis with the rest of the general public. Businesses benefit from the patronage of all people. Those who own, lease, lease out, or operate places of public accommodation should have as a goal the identification and reduction of physical barriers to this patronage. This inspection report will help identify possible accessibility deficiencies in existing facilities.

A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) is generally the first step of the environmental due diligence process in a real estate transaction. It provides recommendations for next steps if we identify recognized environmental conditions (RECs). The purpose of a Phase I ESA is to obtain innocent landowner protections. A Phase I ESA is the most common way to satisfy the requirements of CERCLA's innocent landowner defense under All Appropriate Inquiries (AAI), known as landowner liability protections (LLPs). The goal is to find environmental problems. (typically a 12-14 business day turnaround time)

Cost to Cure Report: A Cost to Cure Report provides expense details outlining the immediate and or forecasted costs to repair and replace items listed within the Property Condition Report. Details from the Cost to Cure Report help to design an individualized maintenance strategy and capital reserve forecasts. Cost to Cure Report includes detailing Useful life and Remaining Useful Life of major systems.

The objective of a Preventative Maintenance Inspection is to guide our clients through the budgeting, planning, and execution of maintenance inspections, repairs and replacements, and prevention of unnecessary catastrophic repair expenses. A Preventative Maintenance Inspection offers a more preventative approach to building maintenance by having a property inspection followed by repair estimates. Neglecting maintenance items can have disastrous consequences, such as disrupting operations, harming productivity, and even contributing to customer and employee dissatisfaction. Prevent these consequences by having a preventative maintenance inspection customized for your building and business type that fits your budget and time constraints.

Forecasting and planning for expenses are the most important reasons a company needs to consider a Preventative Maintenance Inspection. However, there are always surprise maintenance issues; many problems that develop in a commercial building are avoidable and even preventable. Our Preventative Maintenance Inspections are a great way to outsource the salary cost of a maintenance or facilities personnel. The inspection benefits small businesses needing guidance in maintaining their buildings, like doctors' offices or daycares, but don't have a maintenance worker on staff.


Since every commercial building is unique and often has extenuating circumstances, we don’t have pricing guidelines on our website. Please contact us for a detailed quotation at (800) 232-5180.

Other Inspection Services

In addition to property inspections, we offer numerous other inspections for buyers and sellers.

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Professional Commercial Property Inspectors

Protect your investment and your bottom line with a property condition assessment from a building inspector at The Real Estate Inspection Company. Call (800) 232-5180 or schedule now. We service San Diego County, Orange County, and Riverside County.

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