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O wners , D evelopers & M anagers By A. Hawley, Markward Group & M. Jeitner, Bohler Eng. How NOT to sell your listing short E bidding contractors. ers. Even if the seller chooses not to address any of the very commercial-in- dustrial property sale includes a due dili-

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One roofing company came in with a bid that was $5 psf, $150,000. Another bid came in at $4.25 psf, $127,500. A third roofer agreed with the condition assessment of the two roof sections that the engineer provided. They sub- mitted a bid in the amount of $4.50 psf for the 20,000 s/f section, $90,000. The overall savings that the property owner saved for this one re- pair item was in excess of $55,000. This is just one line item that is likely to appear on the repair punch list for a given property. Any time you sell an exist- ing commercial/industrial building, there are likely to be items needing repair or remediation, whether it is the building structure itself, the utilities inside, or even the parking area. As a seller, would you agree it is worth investing $3,000 to $5,000 to have a multi-disciplined engineering firm perform a PCA on your site, and po- tentially save 10 times that amount in the final sale? Without question, at the very least, you will be better prepared to address what your potential buyers may discover during their due diligence period, and will be in a more advantageous posi- tion to negotiate the sale of your property. Don’t sell yourself short! Amy L. Hawley, SIOR, is an associate broker at Markward Group. Michael E. Jeitner, PE, is a principal at Bohler Engineering . n

potential is- sues found in the PCA, i n c l u d i n g an itemized d i s c l o sur e statement to the potential buyer, get- ting cost es-

gence period prior to the settlement date. More often than n o t , t h e Buyer finds s t ruc tura l de f e c t s o r m e c h a n i -

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timates from various subcon- tractors in advance can still result in a significantly lower punch list cost. However, if the process is delayed until the buyer conducts the PCA processes, they are doing so under the time pressure of the due diligence deadline and con- sequently, won’t have the time to solicit numerous bids for each line item issue. The result can often mean a 20% to 25% reduction from the original contractual selling price. A prime example of a costly line item repair that com- monly occurs during the pending sale of a property, is the roof condition. For a 30,000 s/f single-level warehouse, the property owner received bids from 3 roofing companies. The or iginal bui lding was 20,000 s/f. There was a 10,000 s/f addition that was built five years after the original section. The engi- neering firm that prepared a PCA report early on in the listing process, stated that the functional life expectancy of the roof for the 10,000 s/f addition was another 3 years. The property owner shared that information with all 3

cal systems issues that re- quire repairs or remediation. That’s when the negotiation begins as to how to remedy the potentially costly prob- lem. The seller is anxious to move forward towards the settlement. Often, the solution to the problem is to reduce the selling price to cover the cost of repairs or remediation of the property. You’ve sold your listing short! There’s a better way! The listing agent should encourage the property own- er to hire a multi-disciplined engineering firm to conduct a Property Condition Assess- ment, or PCA, at the onset of servicing the listing. At minimum, the assess- ment should include inspec- tion of: the building struc- ture, interior finish con- ditions, roofing condition, as well as the mechanical, plumbing, and electrical sys- tems, and should take from a few hours to an entire day to complete, depending on the size of the property. The resulting report would serve to identify various potential issues with the property that can either be taken care of by the seller or itemized in a disclosure statement to potential buy-


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