Wednesday, January 23rd, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Are commercial inspections as easy to perform and as profitable as some would lead you to believe? Yes and no! The following claims about commercial inspections are true: A commercial inspection lands about 40-80% more money than a residential inspection for the same amount of time! A home inspection company that does commercial inspections is more highly respected than a company that does residential alone! Commercial clients are typically more professional and “bottom line” oriented.

However, there is a lot more planning involved before you can feel confident about promoting yourself as a commercial property inspector. There are significant differences between home inspections and commercial inspections. For starters, to what standard is the inspection (or more accurately Property Condition Assessment) carried out?

How does one assess large and complex buildings without a staff of engineers? Who are my clients and when do they require my services? What type of report is required? Before you’ve decided it’s too complex to jump into this game, find out the answers to these questions and more! This presentation will provide a good foundation to build on in a home inspector’s evolution into commercial property condition assessments.


Alan Carson, ACI


Alan Carson, ACI, lives home inspections. Since he co-founded Carson Dunlop & Associates Limited in 1978 with Robert Dunlop, he has focused his professional life on the development of the profession. In addition to performing thousands of home inspections, Alan created the comprehensive Carson Dunlop Home Inspection Training Program, used by colleges and universities across North America, and the Horizon Report Writing software. Alan is the author of several industry-leading publications, including the Home Reference Book, Technical Reference Guide and Illustrated Home. Alan is a Past-President of ASHI, a founding member of CAHPI and is the proud recipient of awards for his contribution to the industry.  Alan's technical experience has also shown up in the writing of a number of reports and articles on building inspection, and he enjoys presenting and engaging with members of the profession at events across the continent.


Richard Weldon, PE, LEED AP


Richard Weldon, PE, LEED AP, has a degree in mechanical engineering and has been with Carson Dunlop since 1987. He received his Professional Engineer designation in 1989 and Consulting Engineer designation in 1995. In 1997, Richard became a partner Carson Dunlop Weldon & Associates Ltd (CDW). CDW specializes in Property Condition Assessments and Energy Audits of commercial properties and condominium Reserve Fund Studies. CDW also provide commercial inspection training to public and private groups across North America. Richard has served in various capacities with the Association of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), including Regional Councillor and Councillor-at-Large.