How large is the property you plan to buy or sell? Some properties may have hundreds of apartments, or commercial property may include thousands of square feet, like a warehouse or an office building. The sheer size of the property may cause an inspection to take a lot of time and/or money to complete, and this may not be an option for some clients.
In cases like these, representative sampling may be an option. This is a term used to describe the smaller portion of a property that the buyer and seller agree constitutes an acceptable “snapshot” of the entire property. For example, an apartment complex owner may have an inspection of a specific subset of apartments, and not each apartment in the complex. Of course, a full property inspection is the best way to go for any property, but in certain cases, representative sampling may be an option for you.