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Property Condition Reports (Commercial Building Inspections)
We offer inspection services in office buildings, warehouses, shopping centers, strip malls, and light industrial. A commercial inspection is typically called a Property Condition Report (PCR).

The purpose of the PCR is to assess the general condition of the building, site, and other improvements at the referenced location. The report will identify areas that will require remedial repair work and will assign them an associated estimated cost. The PCA will be conducted in accordance with ASTM E 2018-01 Standards.

The report will be based on an on- site visit, in which SDHI will perform a visual, non-intrusive and non-destructive assessment of various external and internal building components. These systems include the roof, foundations, structural frame, building envelope, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, electrical, and plumbing. The inspection will also incorporate items such as; site drainage, pavement, walk ways as well as landscaping. Photographs are taken to provide a record of general conditions of the facility, as well as potential problems witnessed. Please note that the PCR is not a building code, safety, regulatory or environmental compliance inspection. The report does not identify minor, inexpensive maintenance items which are a regular part of the property owner’s  operating budget so long as these items appear to be taken care of on a regular basis. The report does address rarely occurring (expensive) upkeep items, such as external painting, deferred upkeep as well as repairs and replacements that usually involve substantial expenditure or outside contracting.

Based upon observations observed in the course of our site visit, and information acquired from our interviews with building administration and service staff (if available), SDHI will prepare a initial price estimation, complete with an appropriate remedy for any deficiencies noted. Replacement and repair cost estimates will be based on approximate amounts, and cost estimations will be allocated to the following categories:

Immediate: Expenditures that require immediate action as a result of (i) existing or potentially hazardous conditions, (ii) material adverse physical deficiencies affecting current tenancy, (iii) material building code infractions, (iv) poor or damaged condition of a critical component or system, (v) a condition that if left “as-is”, with an substantial delay in element or system failure within one (1) year or a substantial escalation in its restorative cost.

Replacement Reserves: Replacement reserves are recommended for recurring major expenses that are reasonably foreseeable both in terms of frequency and cost. Typical examples of this are roofing, parking, appliances, and so on, which have a predicable expected useful life and replacement cost. Replacement reserves may also consist of elements or systems that have an indeterminable existence but nonetheless have a potential culpability for failure within an approximated period of time.


Thermal Imaging Infrared Camera Surveys

We the industry leader in our integration of advanced infrared cameras  with our physical inspections. Being a local and independent inspection company has allowed us to adapt with our changing real estate market. Instead of paying franchise fees to big corporations, we have invested in the best equipment available to the inspection industry. By investing in infrared technology we can now identify and determine a number of problems that would have previously gone undiscovered – even by a seasoned home inspector. Very few home inspection companies have made the same investment as these cameras are expensive. Entry level models start from $9,000, which doesn’t include any accessories or training.

The science of how thermal imaging cameras work:
A simple explanation is that thermal-imaging cameras measure the heat signature that is given off by objects. All objects, even ice cubes, emit a heat signature that is quantifiable. Though the camera is VERY sensitive and can measure precise temperatures, the use in the building trades focuses primarily on anomolies (differences). Proper training, of course, is the key to reliable interpretation when using this technology. We’ve got that base covered – our imaging services are conducted only by FLIR ITC Certified Thermographers.

Thermal imaging cameras applied to home or commercial building inspections:
Let’s discuss a real-world example. Two images on this page show a loose electrical connection and a moisture damaged ceiling that has been painted over. A loose electrical connection like this might quickly become a future electrical fire. Most likely one or both of these problems would not have been discovered with the standard visual inspection. In the case of the loose electrical connection, a fire was avoided and all that was required was an easy repair. Numerous impending problems show uncharacteristic thermal signatures such as this, many can be located and resolved prior to an actual problem occuring.

Additional Applications/Uses:
Flat Roof (leak diagnosis including location)
Moisture Problems
Home Efficiency Inspections/Energy Loss
Missing Insulation
Electrical/Wiring Issues
Preventive & Predictive Maintenance
Mechanical Inspections
Stucco Moisture

If Environmental Assessments are needed, we have partnerships to provide full service of all your needs.

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