The purpose of the mechanical inspection is to visually inspect and operate the built-in mechanical equipment observed on site and provide an opinion of any deficiencies apparent at the time of the inspection. The scope of this inspection includes visual observations of the readily accessible mechanical equipment and appliances without disassembly of any unit inspected and without removing items causing visual obstruction. The functional equipment is generally operated in at least one mode, but not necessarily every mode, suited to demonstrate its condition. Special equipment present on site, not normally encountered for the type of structure and/or not related to operation of the structure, may not be included without request, or if Professional Engineering Inspections, Inc. is not familiar with the equipment. This includes, but is not limited to, elevator systems, lifts, pumping systems, irrigation systems. It is specifically pointed out that unless otherwise indicated, determining compliance with codes is not included as a part of this cursory inspection. An estimated cost of repair is provided for planning purposes only and may vary significantly, depending on the extent of the problem and the method by which repairs are made.
Mechanical inspections are normally used for:
- Homeowner Information – To provide an unbiased opinion of the condition of the mechanical systems.
- Pre-Purchase Contracts -Under some circumstances, a buyer may choose to have only the mechanical systems of the building evaluated based on the condition or intended use for the property. This is most common where a purchaser is considering the purchase of a condominium or unit in a high-rise building.
- Rental Property Condition -Both renters and property owners choose to have property evaluated by an unbiased party to assist in issues regarding responsibilities and conditions of rented property.