Most of us in business have a ton on our plates. We have to check with accounting, see how production is doing, keep up with stock reports, and occasionally but heads with QA or HR. With all of these things looming over our heads, the last thing we think about is the business’s commercial space itself. “What? The four walls we sell smoothies out of?” Yes, and the floor, too. The importance of following protocol and regulation when it comes to commercial property cannot be overstated. Unfortunately, we can’t provide clearance checks ourselves. Why, do we want more to worry about? It’s best to get an inspection from a keen professional that knows what he or she is doing. Here are some of the main reasons why you, a business owner, need a property inspection.
Times have changed in recent years. They’ve changed a lot. With those changes came a wave of new regulations and codes that one has to adhere to, whether it’s for business or real estate. Let’s say you’re in Adelaide. The property has to be in line with The Australian Standards under AS4349.0-2007 to rent, sell, or lease. Now, you’re probably not going to want to read the laundry list of codes and inspect it yourself. You’re going to get the best building inspections Adelaide has to offer. It just makes sense. So once you have a professional assess and inspect the building, it can be cleared to sell, lease, or rent. That single piece of paper saves you all sorts of time and headaches down the line. Best to have it on hand.
Oddly enough, what’s in the building can be perfectly fine and still be lacking in terms of total safety and protection. One big reason is what’s underneath. Pest control is a massive problem all over the world, especially in Australia. If you do anything with the property, and all of a sudden a major pest issue arises, you can be held liable. You have to prove that there wasn’t a pest problem before you turn over the keys to a tenant. Damages resulting from that kind of problem might affect your pockets. It’s not worth it. Best to get an inspection.
Don’t Rely on Property Management
On the other side of the lease-own relationship, if you’re operating in a commercial property that you feel needs to be inspected, go ahead and spend on the inspection. You can’t wait on a landlord or a property management company to procure a proper inspection certificate. Not if it means you halting business or suffering damages. These inspections are affordable, quick, and informative. They’ll cost you much less than if these issues arise and add a whole new can of worms to your overhead.
Regardless of what your situation may be, it’s always good to know what’s going on with the property. You can put it off for as long as you want, it will catch up to you. Whether it’s when the lease is up or when critters start to invade the pace, it will catch up. Protect yourself and your property when this happens. In doing so, you’ll be preserving the quality and integrity of the property itself.