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Seattle, Washington Property Condition Assessments

Partner’s Property Condition Assessments in Seattle, Washington are performed within the scope and limitations of ASTM E2018 for Property Condition Assessment.

Partner’s staff includes registered engineers, registered architects, and commercial building inspectors.

When engaged for a Property Condition Assessment, Partner will conduct an evaluation of the building’s component systems. Partner’s review of the subject property will consist of a visual assessment of the site, the structure(s), mechanical (HVAC, conveying systems, and plumbing), electrical systems, structural, exterior facades, roofs, interior finishes and overall site amenities. Partner will evaluate site improvements for the existing condition, status of completion, general code conformance, and life cycle costs, sufficiency for their intended use, and extent of defects. Technical evaluations are based on the appearance of the improvements at the time of this evaluation.

Partner will review on-site maintenance records, building drawings and proposal(s) for future capital improvements (as applicable). Partner will review building department records at the City and will conduct interviews of the on-site engineering and management staff. All of the information pertaining to the site should be provided to Partner by the Client, to make a thorough analysis and recommendation.

Our typical report is a 15 to 30 page report that will also include a table showing all the “Immediate Repairs,” such as, but not limited to, life safety issues, failing building systems and deferred maintenance that require over $2,000.00 to repair or replace. Partner will prepare a “Replacement Capital Reserve” table that will include an estimate of all major capital outlays required over the next 12 years. The report will include a discussing of each building system’s condition and needed improvements.

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Partner performs Property Condition Assessments and Property Condition Reports for lenders and real estate investors. Partner's architects, engineers, and commercial building inspectors inspect the subject property in order to understand the condition of the building. A Property Condition Assessment Report is generated discussing each building system and its condition. The most important part of the Property Condition Assessment Report is the Immediate Repairs Table and the Replacement Reserve Table, which helps the client understand how the condition of the building will impact the assets financial performance.

Scope
  • Site Assessment
  • Interviews
  • City Building Department

Building Systems Evaluated
  • HVAC Systems
  • Elevators
  • Plumbing
  • Data and Telephone
  • Boilers
  • Electrical
  • Fire Suppression Systems
Building Evaluation

Site Improvements Evaluated

Frequently Asked Questions

A PCA is a crucial component of due diligence as it helps identify potential issues and associated costs, allowing parties involved in the transaction to make informed decisions.
Seattle's climate includes a significant amount of rainfall, which can impact roofing and waterproofing systems. The PCA should address how well the property is equipped to handle the local weather conditions.
Seattle is situated in an earthquake-prone region, so seismic evaluations are crucial. Additionally, the city experiences rain and humidity, making assessments of roofing and waterproofing systems essential.

Digging Deeper

What Makes Seattle, Washington PCAs Different
  • Climate Considerations: Seattle has a unique climate with significant rainfall. This can affect the condition of roofs, foundations, and exteriors. Experts may pay special attention to potential water damage, mold, and the general resilience of building materials against the damp climate.
  • Seismic Concerns: Given Seattle’s location in the Pacific Northwest, seismic considerations are crucial. Experts may assess the property’s resilience to earthquakes and whether it complies with local building codes for seismic safety.
  • Environmental Factors: Seattle places a strong emphasis on environmental sustainability. Property assessments may involve evaluating energy efficiency, the use of environmentally friendly materials, and compliance with local regulations related to environmental impact.
  • Historical Building Considerations: Seattle has a mix of modern and historical buildings. Assessors may need to consider the unique challenges associated with older structures, such as potential historical preservation requirements and the need for specialized maintenance.
  • Zoning and Land Use Regulations: Seattle has specific zoning regulations and land use policies. Property assessments may involve a review of the property’s compliance with these regulations, including setbacks, permissible uses, and potential for future development.
  • Technology and Infrastructure: As a tech hub, Seattle may have unique considerations related to technology infrastructure. Assessors might look into the property’s access to high-speed internet, smart building technologies, and other tech-related amenities.
  • Market Trends: Seattle’s real estate market can be dynamic. Experts may consider current market trends, property values, and the potential for future development or changes in the neighborhood that could impact the property’s value.
  • Inspection Standards: Assessors would likely adhere to standard inspection practices but may pay extra attention to issues commonly associated with the Pacific Northwest, such as moss growth on roofs, potential soil erosion, and the condition of drainage systems.

For the most accurate and up-to-date information, consulting with local real estate professionals, building inspectors, and environmental experts familiar with the Seattle area is recommended. They can provide insights specific to the current real estate and regulatory landscape in Seattle.

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