ASTM E2018 08 PDF

A resource for the ASTM E standard on Property Condition Assessments including guidelines, updates, and detailed information. Learn more about the. The ASTM E Standard is the industry standard for baseline Property Condition Assessments. Fully named “ASTM E Standard Guide for Property. Dependable Project Services provides Property Condition Assessment, Environmental Site Assessment, Contractor Payment Reviews, and Cost Management.

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Historical Version e20118 – view previous versions of standard. This guide also recognizes that there are varying levels of property 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 0 objectives of the user. 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.

Standard ASTM E – InterNACHI Inspection Forum

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

A PCR should identify any deviations or exceptions to this guide. Furthermore, no implication is intended that use of this guide be required in order to have conducted a property condition assessment in a commercially prudent and reasonable manner. Nevertheless, this guide is intended to reflect a reasonable approach for the preparation of a baseline PCA. Consequently, this guide does not address many additional issues in real estate transactions such as economic obsolescence, the purchase of business entities, or physical deficiencies relating to off-site conditions.

They are intended to be referred to in resolving ambiguity, or in exercising discretion accorded the user or consultant in conducting a PCA, or in judging whether a user or consultant has asfm appropriate inquiry or has otherwise conducted an adequate PCA. Astj of a PCR in astmm with this guide is intended to reduce, but not eliminate, the uncertainty regarding the potential for component or system failure and to aetm the potential that such component or system may not be initially observed.

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

This guide also recognizes the inherent subjective nature of a consultant’s opinions as to such issues as workmanship, quality of original installation, and estimating the RUL of any given component or system. The guide recognizes a consultant’s suggested remedy may be determined under time constraints, formed without the aid of engineering calculations, testing, exploratory probing, the removal or relocation of materials, design, or other technically exhaustive means.

Furthermore, there may be other sstm or more appropriate schemes or methods to remedy a physical deficiency. The consultant’s opinions generally are formed without detailed knowledge from those familiar with the component’s or system’s performance. There is a point at which the cost of information obtained or the time required to conduct d2018 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.


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.

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 asgm observer, the field observer may survey sufficient units, areas, systems, buildings, etc.

To the extent there is more than one building on the subject property, and they are homogeneous with respect to approximate age, use, basic design, materials, and systems, it is not a requirement of this guide for the field observer to conduct a walk-through survey of each individual building’s systems to describe or comment on their condition within the PCR.

The descriptions and observations provided in the PCR are to be construed as representative of all similar improvements. Such representative observations may be more or less than this guide’s recommended representative observations as provided in Annex A1.

Consistent with good commercial and customary practice, the appropriate level of property condition assessment generally is guided by the purpose the PCA is to serve; type of property; age of the improvements; expertise and risk tolerance level of the user; and time asgm for preparing the PCR and reviewing the opinions to r2018 contained in the PCR. Therefore, this guide includes procedures to assist users and asttm in determining the appropriateness of using such information. In addition to the 2e018 procedures contained elsewhere in asgm guide, the following should be considered:.

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 the field observer’s understanding of the subject property. 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.

A PCR contains a e2081 indication of the property condition at the time f2018 the walk-through survey and is dependent on the information available to the consultant at that time.

Property Condition Assessment (PCA)

Therefore, a PCR should be evaluated on the reasonableness of judgments made at the time and under the circumstances atm which they are made. 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.


Consideration of such contractual obligations is beyond the scope of this guide. 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.

No specific legal relationship between the consultant and the user was considered during the preparation of this guide. The term physical deficiencies includes the presence of conspicuous defects and material deferred maintenance of a subject property’s material systems, components, or equipment as observed during completion of the PCA.

This definition specifically excludes deficiencies that may be remedied with routine maintenance, miscellaneous minor repairs, normal operating maintenance, etc. The PCR incorporates the information obtained during the Walk-Through Survey, the Document Review and Interviews sections of this guide, and includes Opinions of Costs for suggested remedies of the physical deficiencies identified.

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.

Section 1 is the Scope. Section 2 on Terminology contains definitions of terms both unique to this guide and not unique to this guide, and acronyms.

Section 3 sets out the Significance and Use of this guide, and Section 4 describes the User’s Responsibilities. Section 11 provides additional information regarding out of scope considerations see 1. Annex A1 provides requirements relating to specific asset types, and where applicable, such requirements are to asfm considered as if integral to this guide.

Appendix X1 provides the user with additional Asrm 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. It is the responsibility of the consultant using this guide to establish appropriate safety and health practices when conducting a PCA. Definitions of Terms F2018 to This Standard. Not a Professional Architectural or Engineering Service.

Document Review and Interviews. Opinions of Costs to Remedy Physical Deficiencies. Out of Scope Considerations. Warranty, Guarantee, and Code Compliance Exclusions. In addition to the specific procedures xstm elsewhere in this guide, the following should be considered: Organization of This Guide. Qualifications of the Consultant. Staffing of the Field Observer.

Independence of the Consultant. Qualifications of the Field Observer. Qualifications of the PCR Reviewer. Government Agency Provided Information. Opinions of Costs Attributes. Document Reviews and Interviews. Verification of Measurements and Quantities. Link to Active This link will always route to the current Active version of the standard.