Building Inspection Services

Industry Profile Report

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Industry Overview Current Conditions, Industry Structure, How Firms Operate, Industry Trends, Credit Underwriting & Risks, and Industry Forecast.

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Financial Insights Working Capital, Capital Financing, Business Valuation, and Financial Benchmarks.

Industry Profile Excerpts

Industry Overview

The 6,700 building inspection service providers in the US evaluate all aspects of building structure and component systems and prepare reports on the physical condition of a property. In addition to inspection services, firms may provide expert witness testimony in court cases. Some building inspectors, especially home inspectors, are self-employed and may work part time.

Liability for Errors

Building inspectors expose themselves to liability related to errors or omissions when performing an inspection.

Dependence on Referrals

Referrals from real estate agents are in important source of business for home inspectors.

Industry size & Structure

The average building inspection services provider operates out of a single location, employs about 3 workers, and generates $491,000 annually.

    • The building inspection services industry consists of about 6,700 firms that employ about 22,200 workers and generate about $3.3 billion annually.
    • The industry is fragmented; the top 50 companies account for about 25% of industry revenue.
    • Large firms may offer a wide range of testing, inspection, and certification services, including building inspection services. National Field Representatives offers property inspection service throughout the US. National Property Inspections is a large franchise operator. Most firms operate regionally.
    • Some building inspectors, especially home inspectors, are self-employed and may work part time.
                              Industry Forecast
                              Building Inspection Services Industry Growth
                              Source: Vertical IQ and Inforum

                              Recent Developments

                              Nov 21, 2022 - Nonresidential Building Construction Outlook Improves
                              • The Dodge Momentum Index (DMI) increased 9.6% in October 2022 to 199.7 (2000=100), up from the revised September reading of 182.2. The DMI Index is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which has been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year. On a monthly basis, the commercial planning component increased by 13%, and institutional rose by 2.9%. An increase in office and lodging projects boosted the commercial planning pipeline. The institutional sector was mixed amid a growing pipeline of recreation and education projects, but the number of healthcare and public planning projects declined. Developers and project owners continue to see healthy demand, despite recession concerns, although continued inflation, high interest rates and materials costs, and labor shortages have the potential to blunt the flow of new projects.
                              • Sales of existing US homes fell 5.9% in October from September and were down 28.4% year over year, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). October marked the ninth consecutive monthly drop as rising interest rates slow home sales. NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun said, "More potential homebuyers were squeezed out from qualifying for a mortgage in October as mortgage rates climbed higher. The impact is greater in expensive areas of the country and in markets that witnessed significant home price gains in recent years."
                              • Some homebuilders are bracing for an even more challenging housing market in 2023, according to CNBC. While rising interest rates have kept many would-be first-time home buyers on the sidelines, some industry insiders suggest affluent buyers may also be hesitating due to diminished confidence in the economy. NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz has said 2022 will be the first year since 2011 to see a year-over-year decline in housing starts. In a recent press release, Dietz said,” While some analysts have suggested that the housing market is now more ‘balanced,’ the truth is that the homeownership rate will decline in the quarters ahead as higher interest rates and ongoing elevated construction costs continue to price out a large number of prospective buyers.”
                              • Some real estate developers are holding off on new office projects as remote work has eroded demand for new office space, and rising interest rates make projects more expensive, according to The Wall Street Journal. Office occupancy is only about half of what it was before the pandemic, which has prompted some major real estate firms, including Varnado Realty Trust; Hines, Kilroy Realty Corp.; and Brookfield Asset Management, to tap the breaks on new office development projects. The national office vacancy rate is 12.5%, up from 9.6% in 2019, according to commercial real estate data firm CoStar Group. About 37% of the office space currently under development remains available, double what it was in 2019, according to CoStar.
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