There’s no way around it, performing a quality professional inspection takes some time. Imagine how long it would take, though, to perform an inspection on an apartment complex going up for sale that had hundreds of individual rental units. Depending on the time frame that the buyer and seller are working with, it might be nearly impossible to inspect that many units thoroughly at an acceptable speed.
In cases like that, many buyers and sellers have decided to use a method of inspection called representative sampling. In short, this method means that the buyer and seller agree on a set number of units or a specific area within a building (or buildings) that can be considered representative of the whole property. Then, an inspector simply performs the inspection on that part of the property, and the results are used to determine the overall condition of the entire property. This can save time and money for both the buyer and seller.