Property Condition Assessment Standards

STANDARD FOR PROPERTY CONDITION ASSESSMENTS

In August of 1999, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) published a Standard E2018-99, which defined “good commercial and customary practice for conducting a baseline Property Condition Assessment (PCA).” This standard was specifically written for commercial real estate and largely intended for commercial real estate transactions. The Standard was updated in November of 2015 and renamed E2018-15.

This standard is the protocol for due diligence building inspections. This protocol makes it easier for those involved with commercial real estate transactions, as the report contents and format have been well defined.

THE PCA IS DIVIDED INTO FOUR STEPS:

1. Perform document review (drawings, maintenance records, etc.).
2. Perform a visual, walkthrough survey of the property.
3. Prepare costs for remedies recommended.
4. Document findings and costs for recommended repairs in a written report.

As part of the PCA, the consultant should contact the local building department and local fire department to check for building or fire code violations, and to ensure that a certificate of occupancy was issued for the building.

RECOMMENDED REPORT CONTENTS INCLUDE:

  • Opinions of probable costs only for repairs likely to exceed $3,000. These costs should be for immediate repairs (within one year) and for short-term repairs (within one to two years).
  • Estimates of remaining useful life for building components.
  • Photographs of typical building elevations, major systems and major deficiencies noted.

The entire Standard is 21 pages long and available from ASTM at their website, www.astm.org

To view a sample of a CDW Engineering Property Condition Assessment reports, please click here.

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