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Commercial buildings, such as apartment buildings, storefronts and warehouses, can be good investments. However, such structures are subject to many of the same maintenance and construction issues that plague single-family homes. Mechanical systems can fail, roofs can need repair and plumbing can leak.
Commercial buildings can also have their own special needs. Building codes for apartments and many other commercial buildings are slightly different (and often more strict) than those for private residences. In addition, past tenants in a workshop or warehouse may have exposed the building to toxic chemicals or waste. Buying a commercial building is too big of an investment to leave to chance. A home inspector who has experience with a variety of commercial structures can help you know what condition your building is in before you sign the papers.