A professional property Inspection 4DFM will identify defects, the safety hazards within the building and premises, deteriorating conditions, improper installations, operability of major systems and maintenance issues of each property.

Our reports are written in lay terms to assist you and your contractors to quantify and prioritize a whatpint  repairs and maintenance needs to be done, short and long term. This will reduce your exposure and risk while making your purchasing process easier, less stressful, more informed and hopefully more enjoyable.

You will receive a comprehensive narrative, computer generated report that will be emailed to you promptly after inspection. Our report is easy to understand and use through your transactions negotiation, contractors cost estimating, repairs and ongoing maintenance. Our report is designed to serve you during a purchase, renovation or construction.

 Carry Out Your Due Diligence

Arranging a Building Condition Report for a commercial property is a wise and worthwhile investment. It’s imperative to know and track the overall condition of the property and whether it complies with building regulations. By having an independent review of the overall structure, you will be better informed about what you’re buying or leasing and it will give you peace of mind when making that transaction. You’ll also be well placed to negotiate the final price or terms.


When should you conduct a building inspection?

  1. When buying or selling a property
  2. Before a tenant moves in (Take-on Inspection)
  3. After a tenant vacates (Takeback Inspection)
  4. For any other reason where an independent, professional, unbiased opinion is required eg. A deposit dispute or negligent damages that do not constitute fair wear and tear.


What Does a Building Condition Report Involve?

A comprehensive inspection will provide you with an accurate assessment of the condition of the building so that you can make an informed purchase/lease decision. Our reports are prepared in accordance with SANS 10400 and the National Building Regulations. Your report will alert you to any major defects and any maintenance items that need attention or further investigation.


Some of the elements covered by a commercial inspection include:

Site Elements

These are the elements in the immediate vicinity of the building, e.g. fences, surface drainage, retaining walls, driveways, garage, shed, surrounding trees.


Building Exterior Elements

The Inspector will check for any signs of settlement or movement outside the building. Elements would include roof, where access is available, gutters, flashings, valleys, eaves, downpipes, brickwork, weatherboards, paintwork, weep holes and vents and sills.


Internal Structural Elements

The interior inspection will cover ceilings, doors, walls, windows, skirting boards, architraves, stairwells and tiling.


Wet Areas

The Inspector will check the wet areas with specific focus on elements in the kitchen/kitchenette, bathrooms and toilets, and any showers.



The Inspector will report on electrical items such as circuit breakers, safety switches and smoke detectors, hot water service and water pressure.


Roof Space

The roof space can reveal if there are any structural or framing issues, missing or broken roof tiles, and the general condition of the insulation and exhaust flues.


Types Of Properties We Inspect

Examples of commercial buildings we inspect include:


  • Frail Care Facilities
  • Apartment Blocks
  • Backpacker Accommodation
  • Banks
  • Bars & Function Centres
  • Cafes & Restaurants
  • Car Parks
  • Church Buildings
  • Display Showrooms
  • Hotels & Guest Houses
  • Medical Clinics
  • Office Buildings
  • Professional Clinics & Studios
  • Retail Shops
  • Schools
  • Shopping Centres
  • Storage Sheds
  • University Buildings
  • Warehouses
  • Workshops


We have the essential skills and knowledge to carry out your commercial inspection with qualifications to back this. We have actual on-site building experience and will be happy to explain any of the findings and answer any questions you may have.


What We Need To Know To Provide You With A Quote:

The 4DFM inspection process is designed to make the process easy and time-effective for you. The first step is for you, to contact us for a quote. The information we need to know includes:


  • The size of the building
  • The location
  • Do you have any particular concerns with the building at this point?
  • Are there any other buildings to inspect on the property (e.g. Outbuildings, sheds, warehouses, etc.)?


Once the quote is accepted, 4DFM will liaise directly with you and arrange a time that suits all parties to setup to inspect the premises. An inspection should take between 1-2 hours, but can vary depending on the size of the property. A copy of the report will then be compiled and emailed to you once complete.


If you have a particular building that you need inspecting, we would be happy to provide a quotation. Let us help you with a building condition report for your property and protect yourself when investing by carrying out your due diligence.