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It is the responsibility of the consultant using this guide to establish appropriate safety and health practices when conducting a PCA. Such representative observations may be more or less than this guide’s recommended representative observations as provided in Annex A1.

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Warranty, Guarantee, and Code Compliance Exclusions. This guide also recognizes the inherent subjective nature of a consultant’s ast as to such issues as workmanship, quality of original installation, and estimating the RUL of any given component or system.

Independence of the Consultant. Out of Scope Considerations. They are intended to be referred to in resolving ambiguity, or in e20118 discretion accorded the user or consultant in conducting a PCA, or in judging whether a user or consultant has conducted appropriate inquiry or has otherwise conducted an adequate PCA.

No specific legal relationship between the consultant and the user was considered during the preparation of this guide. Section 11 provides additional wstm regarding out of scope considerations see 1. Section 2 on Terminology contains definitions of terms both unique to this guide and not unique to this guide, and acronyms.

Furthermore, the PCR should identify the previously prepared property condition report if information from the prior report was used by the consultant in preparing the PCR.

ASTM E2018-08 Standard – Property Condition Assessments (PCA)

The descriptions and observations provided in the PCR are to be construed as representative of all similar improvements. Such information should serve only as an aid to a consultant in fulfilling the requirements of this guide and to assist the field observer in the walk-through survey, research, and atm field observer’s understanding of the subject property.

It is the intent of this guide to attempt to identify a balance between limiting the costs and time demands inherent in performing a PCA and reducing the uncertainty about unknown physical deficiencies resulting from completing additional inquiry. The PCR incorporates the information obtained during the Walk-Through Survey, the Document Review and Interviews sections of this guide, and includes Opinions of Probable Costs for suggested remedies of the physical deficiencies identified.

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Nevertheless, this guide is intended to reflect a reasonable approach for the preparation of a baseline PCA. This definition specifically excludes deficiencies that may be remedied with routine maintenance, miscellaneous minor repairs, normal operating maintenance, etc. Furthermore, there may be other alternative or more appropriate schemes or methods to remedy a physical deficiency. A PCR should identify any deviations or exceptions to this guide. Link to Active This link will always route to the current Active version of the standard.

Qualifications of the PCR Reviewer. There is a point at which the cost of information obtained or the time required to conduct the PCA and prepare the PCR may outweigh the usefulness of the information and, in fact, may be a material detriment to the orderly and timely completion of a commercial real estate transaction.

The user should also review or establish the qualifications, or both, of the proposed field observer and PCR reviewer prior to engagement. Opinions of Costs Attributes.

Opinions of Costs to Remedy Physical Deficiencies. Recommended representative observation quantities for various asset types are provided in Annex A1 ; however, if in the field observer’s opinion such representative observations as presented in Annex A1 are unwarranted as a result of homogeneity of the asset or other reasons deemed appropriate by the field observer, the field observer may survey sufficient units, areas, systems, buildings, etc. Section 11 provides additional information regarding out of scope considerations see 1.

The term physical deficiencies means the presence of conspicuous defects or material deferred maintenance of a subject property’s material systems, components, or equipment as observed during the field observer’s walk-through survey. Preparation of a PCR in accordance with this guide is intended to reduce, but not eliminate, the uncertainty regarding the potential for component or system failure and to reduce the potential that such component or system may not be initially observed.

Historical Version s – view previous versions of standard. Staffing of the Field Observer. Annex A1 provides requirements relating to specific asset types, and where applicable, such requirements are to be considered as if integral to this guide. Appendix X1 provides the user with additional PCA scope considerations, whereby a user may increase this guide’s scope of due diligence to be exercised by the consultant beyond this guide’s baseline level. In addition to the specific procedures contained elsewhere in this guide, the following should be considered:.

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This definition specifically excludes deficiencies that may be remedied with routine maintenance, miscellaneous minor repairs, normal operating maintenance, etc.

Appendix X1 provides the ast, with additional PCA scope considerations, whereby a user may increase this 0 scope of due diligence to be exercised by the consultant beyond this guide’s baseline level.

Section 3 sets out the Significance and Use of this guide, and Section 4 describes the User’s Responsibilities. Link to Active This link will always route to the current Active version of the standard. Users should consider their requirements, the purpose that the PCA is to serve, and their risk tolerance level before selecting the consultant and the level of due diligence to be exercised by the consultant.

This guide also recognizes that there are varying levels of s2018 condition assessment and due diligence that can be exercised that are both more and less comprehensive than this guide, and that may be appropriate to meet the objectives of the user.

Furthermore, a subsequent user of a prior PCR should be apprised that it may have been prepared for purposes other than the current desired purpose of the PCR and should determine the contractual purpose and scope of the prior PCR. Qualifications of the Field Observer. Section 11 and Appendix X1 of this guide identify, for informational purposes, certain physical conditions that may exist on the subject property, and certain aatm or procedures not an all inclusive list that are beyond the scope of this guide but may warrant consideration by parties to a commercial real estate transaction to e218 the PCA.

Section 1 is the Scope. Qualifications of the Consultant.

Property Condition Assessment (PCA)

Section 2 on Terminology contains definitions of terms both unique to this guide and not unique to this guide, and acronyms. Section 11 and Appendix X1 of this guide identify, for informational purposes, certain physical conditions that may exist on the subject property, and certain activities or procedures not an all inclusive list that are beyond the scope of this guide but may warrant consideration by parties to a commercial real estate transaction to enhance the PCA.

At a minimum, for a PCR to be consistent with this guide, a new walk-through survey, interviews, and solicitation and review of building and fire department records for recorded material violations should be performed.