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Why are commercial inspections different from a home inspection?

Commercial inspections require a lot of different skills and knowledge than that of a home inspection. These are inspections skills we at Technihouse Inspections are proud of.


Large commercial buildings require control joints in the foundation walls every thirty to forty feet. If not in place, the walls, which are usually concrete masonry units (called CMU’s) continually expand for years, even decades and will crack and fail. The commercial inspection not only verifies if control joints are there, but also if maintained.

Many commercial or industrial inspections have roof top units (RTU’s) for heating and air conditioning the building. RTU’s require specialized knowledge to inspect, which Technihouse Inspections, Inc. excels at.

Commercial and industrial buildings usually have a three-phase electrical system, unlike a home inspection where the electrical service is a 110/220 volt service.

Large flat office or warehouse buildings oftentimes have a built-up roof (B.U.R.) or single membrane roofs that require trained observational skills to determine its condition.



Technihouse Inspections, Inc. inspectors have decades of training to lean on when inspecting these kind of buildings. Another major difference between a home inspection and a commercial inspection is that at Technihouse, we thoroughly do a home inspection which covers all major items, and we also nit-pic and report numerous things throughout a home inspection, such as loose drawers, broken hinges, damage to kitchen and bathroom cabinets, damaged walls ,etc. A commercial inspection does require not nit-picking, but concerns itself with the following major issues only such as the condition of the plumbing, electrical, heating and air conditioning systems, the major structure and roof.


When seeking out your inspector for your residential or commercial property it is important to pick an inspector with experience for the property type you are inspecting.


What’s the best way to find a reliable home inspector?


Consider your real estate agent’s recommendation, but still do your homework. Call several home inspection companies and don’t just shop for the price. The more qualified and professional the home inspector, the more valuable the service provided.


Inquire about their qualifications and licenses, as well as error and omission insurance. Ask how long they have been in business, and verify the information with Yelp or Google, etc. While Michigan does not license home inspectors, you can ask the state licensing board if the home inspector is a licensed builder and how long they’ve held that license. You can also inquire about complaints against the individual or the home inspection company. It is not unusual for someone in the business to have complaints lodged against them, or even be sued, but how many times and how the problems were resolved can be relevant. Information on established standards, practices and ethics is available through the American Society of Home Inspectors (www.ashi.org / 847-759-2820)

Updated: Feb 19, 2020

There are some home inspectors who believe their client is the one who refers business

to them, i.e., the real estate agent, and because some don’t want to lose referrals, they may feel they have to downplay a problem or gloss over defects. Some agents have been known to see home inspectors as adversaries. Certainly, a great many agents do look out for the client’s best interests. They realize that a solid, professional home inspection will give the buyer peace of mind and increase a real estate agent’s credibility.




Technihouse Inspections

4940 Rands Rd.

Bloomfield Hills, MI. 48302

Providing Home Inspections and Commercial Inspections in the Greater Detroit Area of Oakland, Wayne and Macomb Counties

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