PCA Feature Comparison Chart

Description/Features  PCA   PCA+ 
Perform a visual walk-through survey of the property Yes Yes
Conduct interviews with building personnel/others familiar with the building Yes Yes
Review available plans & supporting documentation Yes Yes
Submit an F.O.I.A. Request Form to the local building & fire department   Yes
Remove ceiling tile at random locations to observe above suspended ceiling systems   Yes
Open/remove HVAC equipment service access panels   Yes
Observe gas unit heaters from up high using a ladder or scissor lift   Yes
Open/remove electrical equipment access covers   Yes
Record/verify temperature rise/drop for HVAC forced air systems   Yes
Provide load test for electric HVAC Forced Air Systems   Yes
Provide load test for electric water heaters   Yes
Obtain additional information via other resources   Yes
Submit a Property Condition Report (PCR) in electronic PDF format Yes Yes
Provide budget costs for major repairs Yes Yes
Provide budget costs for replacement of older/aging systems Yes Yes
Conduct an Abbreviated ADA Survey   Yes

The comparison chart shown above lists some of the major differences between a baseline Property Condition Assessment (PCA) Conducted According to ASTM Standard E-2018 and a Commercial Property Condition Assessment performed at a much higher level of due dilligence designated by PCA+.

In perusing the chart, it's important to note that a baseline Property Condition Assessment (PCA) relies heavily upon the accuracy and authenticity of information gleaned from interviews and whatever supporting documentation that may/may not be available to assess the condition of the property.

In reality, while the methods used in conducting a typical baseline PCA are often expedient and convenient, the resultant information can sometimes prove to be unreliable given too many uncontrollable variables not to mention that those who are interviewed may have a vested interest in the sale of the property.