Study Tutorial - Physical Analysis
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The physical analysis is the cornerstone of the Reserve Study. It is based around the “site inspection.” When inspecting the property, Pacific Crest will analyze and inventory all of the association’s “common area components” to determine which components warrant reserve funding.
Some what are these common components? Generally speaking, a reserve component must pass
a four-point test (designated by the CAI National Standards) in
order to qualify for reserve funding. The following are the four points:
Must be a common area asset
Must have a life between 6 and 30 years
Must have a predictable remaining useful life
Must be above $500 or 1% of the annual budget
A little confusing right? In most associations, owners buy from the interior walls in. The association owns from the walls out. Doors, windows, trim, walls, gutters, driveways or parking lots, lights, elevators, stairs, retaining walls or bulkheads are typical building components. Other major items may community meeting rooms, laundries, tennis courts, weight rooms, and pools or hot tubs.
Components can be excluded from the
reserve study only if individual homeowners, not the association, are
responsible for their replacement. In any association, there may be “exclusive
use common areas” that individual homeowners must maintain. Defined as common area items used exclusively by individual units
(e.g., decks and patios), these areas are usually identified in the association
governing documents known as the Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&Rs).
The CC&Rs should also make clear the maintenance responsibility of the
association and homeowners for these items. With the guidance of their CC&Rs, the
board should make a separate list of exclusive use common area components and
decide who should bear the responsibility for maintaining these items. If the
association has responsibility for maintaining these items, they should be
included in the list of major components and be given a line item in the reserve
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Pacific Crest Reserves is a locally owned Condominium and Home Owner Association consulting company. Our Reserve Study Analysts work with associations to create timely and accurate Reserve Studies. The Pacific Crest Reserves is an experienced consulting firm committed to providing reliable reserve solutions to Associations, regardless of size, complexity or location. We provide easy to understand information for our clients to give them new ways of thinking about how they can best manage their association assets. Our focus is Reserve Studies to associations in the Snohomish, Skagit, Island and San Juan Counties.