Property Condition Assessment & Report
Property Condition Assessments (or PCA’s) are important for clients seeking to know the condition of a property or real estate you may be purchasing, leasing, or simply maintaining. Commercial Building Inspectors follow industry accepted guidelines of ASTM E2018, the only recognized standard of major lenders. These commercial building inspection standards help both the commercial building inspector and you, the client, to understand the scope agreed to for the inspection including the systems or areas to be inspected, and is used as a guide to develop scopes and procedures.
What’s Included in a Property Condition Assessment (PCA)?
- Grounds – (curbing, paving, exterior lighting, retaining walls, signage, sidewalks)
- Envelope – (windows, doors, energy, roofing)
- Structural – (foundations, columns, slabs)
- Mechanical Systems – (HVAC units, condensors, hydronic & gas piping, cooling towers)
- Electrical Systems – (generators, transformers, panels, raceways)
- Plumbing – (water heaters, vent piping, drainage)
- ADA Compliance – (American Disabilities Act to include signage, restrooms, handrails, etc.)
The site review and report process includes but is not limited to:
- Visual inspection of Readily Accessible Major Components: Grounds, Paving, Site Drainage, Building Envelope, Fenestrations, Roof, HVAC, Mechanical, Electrical, Fire Suppression, Interior finishes, Tenant comment, Tenant space condition
- Review of Available building and site Plans, Maintenance Records and Other Documents Including Previous Consultants Reports
- Interviews with Facility and Maintenance Management; Maintenance Services; Tenants; Zoning, Health and Building Inspection Departments; Fire Marshal; etc. as may be available
- Other actions as may be required in the project scope – As in use of outside specialists (roofing, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, structural engineer, etc.)
- Full photographic documentation coupled with a narrative style report that follows the ASTM report outline.
Click HERE to see a general outline of the PCR as defined by the ASTM E2018 standard.