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Commercial Buildings Have Inspection Problems Too

The first thing I do on commercial building inspections is look at the windows.  What could possibly be wrong with those big, strong, thick, heavy windows?

How they were installed.  Oh, and the caulking.  Not to mention what surrounds them.  Etc.  Just about everything!

On this 24 year old building the caulking was separating and the mortar joints were cracking.  The water getting in to the metal lintel over the window was causing rust.  This is the weather side of the building, so installation is very relevant!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is over each corner of the same window.  Cracking caulk, mortar joint deterioration and rusting lintel.  Representative.  Does this cause problems inside?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gee, you tell me!  Methinks this has been like this for a while.   What you see outside above each side of this window is contributing to what you see in each side of this window!  Someone was using this office, many hours a day!  Someone new WILL be using this office, many hours a day.  Yummie...

My recommendation:  don't think that an inspection on a commercial building, even if you are renting the space, isn't worth the effort!  Things crop up, and building maintenance should be informed!

And in this area you might just meet a fellow AR member!  It was great to finally meet and interact with commercial realtor  Michael Setunsky!

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 7 commentsJay Markanich • July 16 2011 06:54AM

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How lovely.  So glad you got to meet another local Active Rainer.  That is really cool.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 9 years ago

It is yummie Debbie.  I hear it tastes like chicken.  I was the first AR guy Michael had ever met!  He referred me to this organization, but I had actually done an inspetion for them before!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Long term leases with leaky...windows, basements, roofs, can be more than a little irritating....

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 9 years ago

Hi Jay - Very true.  The cost of not having a commercial inspection can be very expensive.

Posted by FN LN over 9 years ago

This is going to be a long-term lease S&D!  So you are right there.  They wanted to know what to expect, and to have a record of what was going on when they moved in!

Marc - I don't do that many of them every year, but when I do they turn out to be valuable for the clients.  More people should consider them.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Does this mean the owner will be getting some fixes done before your client moves in?  Just hope the owner isn't going to try to do the work themselves.

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) over 9 years ago

Steven - I don't know how it works.  The clients sent me a little note saying how pleased they were with the inspection, so maybe they can get some things done.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

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