What is the difference between a Home Inspector and a Building Inspector?
Many consumers ask what is the difference between a home inspector and a commercial building inspector.
A home inspector is trained to do residential properties. Some home inspectors believe because they have a little bit of training in commercial building inspections they can do a complete commercial building inspection. We would compare this to the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist, a heavy-duty mechanic and a mechanic, and a lawyer and a paralegal. Although there are many good home inspectors who understand home inspections, they are not the same as a trained and certified commercial building inspector, industrial building inspector, building inspector, or RV inspector.
Home inspectors are trained 98% on home inspections and building inspectors are trained 100% specifically on commercial building inspections. Each has its specialty. It is very important to choose the correct type of inspector. After all, if something is missed in a building inspection it could cost you the consumer thousands of dollars, time, and a lot of stress. Protect your investment and hire the correct type of inspector.
What is the difference between an Engineer and a Commercial Building Inspector?
An engineer specializes in only one area of a building such as structural, electrical, or mechanical. A building inspector specializes in all areas and aspects of commercial buildings, industrial buildings, and retail buildings. It's ironic but a building inspector doesn't charge as much as an engineer. Although there are a lot of good engineers who specialize in their one area of specialty there are some who use the title engineer to market themself as full and complete commercial building inspector when they are not.