How To Inspect a Modular Building for Valuation, Maintenance or Replacement

Modular building inspection report
Matt Banes
Written by Matt Banes

Everything you need to know about inspecting a modular building or portable classroom.

How do I inspect a modular building or portable classroom to understand its condition and value?

Inspecting a commercial modular building or portable classroom requires a detailed look at several key areas to assess its overall value, ensure its safety, and identify any maintenance or repair needs. Here’s a list of top items to check:

  1. Structure and Foundation: Start with the basics. Look at the building’s overall structure and foundation. Check for any signs of damage like cracks, rust, or weaknesses. The foundation should be stable and secure without any signs of shifting or cracking.

  2. Exterior Walls and Roof: Examine the exterior walls for any damage, such as dents, holes, or weathering that could compromise the building’s integrity. The roof should be in good condition, without leaks, missing shingles, or damage. This is crucial for preventing water damage and ensuring the building is weather-tight.

  3. Windows and Doors: Make sure windows and doors are in good working order. They should open, close, and seal properly. Broken windows or doors that don’t seal can lead to energy loss and security concerns.

  4. Electrical Systems: Safety first! Check the electrical systems, including lights, outlets, and switches, to ensure they are working correctly and safely. Look for exposed wiring or signs of electrical problems, which could be a fire hazard.

  5. Plumbing and Bathrooms: Inspect the plumbing systems to ensure there are no leaks, clogs, or issues with water pressure. Bathrooms should be clean and functional, with working toilets, sinks, and any showers.

  6. Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC): The HVAC system is essential for maintaining a comfortable environment. Make sure it’s in good working condition. Check for any unusual noises, or poor heating or cooling performance, and ensure the filters are clean.

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  7. Interior Walls and Ceilings: Look at the condition of the interior walls and ceilings. Check for signs of damage like cracks, water stains, or mold. These could indicate structural issues or leaks.

  8. Flooring: Floors should be stable and in good condition. Look for any tripping hazards, damaged areas, or signs of wear and tear that could pose safety risks or necessitate repairs.

  9. Fire Safety: Check that fire safety measures are in place and functioning. This includes fire alarms, sprinklers, extinguishers, and clear exit routes. Safety equipment should be easily accessible and in working order.

  10. Accessibility: Ensure the building is accessible to everyone, including individuals with disabilities. This means checking for ramps, accessible bathrooms, and any other features that make the building usable for people with various needs.

  11. Outdoor Areas and Accessibility: If the building has outdoor areas or is a portable classroom, check the steps, ramps, and pathways leading to it. They should be stable and safe for use.

Remember, a thorough inspection should cover every aspect of the building to ensure it’s safe, efficient, and up to code. It’s often beneficial to involve professionals in structural, electrical, and plumbing inspections to get an accurate assessment of the building’s condition and value.

About the author

Matt Banes

Matt Banes

Call me directly and I will help you make the smartest decisions before you buy, rent or sell a modular building or portable classroom anywhere in the United States. (800) 806-7485.
Since 1988, I have helped thousands of businesses, public and private schools, and places of worship with decisions concerning planning, permitting, floor plan design and financing of temporary and permanent modular spaces. So, why wait? Call me directly at the Modular Building Help Line today!