Our Walk-Through Process

The preliminary walk-through survey is a critical step in the commercial property inspection process. We conduct this informal, initial assessment of the property upon arriving at the site. This process serves several important purposes. By understanding the role and importance of the preliminary walk-through survey, property owners, managers, and potential buyers can better appreciate the value of a thorough, professional inspection.

Understanding the Walk-through Survey

The preliminary walk-through survey is not a detailed evaluation of the building’s systems and components. Rather, it provides an opportunity for the inspector to become familiar with the property and identify potential areas of concern. In this survey, we will walk through and around the property, taking note of its layout, limitations and general condition.

Key aspects of the survey include:

  1. Identifying critical areas: We will locate important areas such as roof access points, attics, basements, and crawlspaces, which will require special attention during the comprehensive inspection.
  2. Noting potential issues: We will identify any visible issues or areas of concern that may warrant further investigation during the detailed inspection.
  3. Accessibility: We will determine if there are any inaccessible areas due to physical barriers, safety concerns, or special access requirements. This will allow us to make the necessary arrangements or communicate any limitations.
  4. Building rapport: The walk-through provides an opportunity for us to establish a relationship with you or the individual granting entry to the property, facilitating smooth communication throughout the process.

The Benefits of a Walk-through

A well-executed preliminary walk-through survey offers several benefits to both parties:

  1. Efficiency: We gain a clear understanding of the property’s layout and potential problem areas. This allows us to develop a targeted, efficient plan for the comprehensive inspection. This saves time and resources.
  2. Thoroughness: During the walk through, we can identify areas that may require additional attention or specialized equipment. This ensures that no aspect of the property is overlooked during the detailed inspection.
  3. Communication: Establishing a rapport with you or the individual granting access to the property during the walk-through can lead to better communication and collaboration throughout the inspection process.
  4. Transparency: By identifying and communicating any limitations or potential areas of concern early on, we can manage expectations and provide a more accurate and transparent assessment of the property’s condition.