Hotels, Restaurant and Hospitality Industries Inspection

It is important to clarify what we mean when we refer to the hospitality sector. After all, it is a large subject, and while most people have a general concept of the kinds of businesses that qualify as hospitality brands, a far smaller proportion can provide a coherent and adequate description of what the hospitality industry is and what it is not.

The hospitality industry encompasses a wide range of establishments and services related to recreation and customer satisfaction. The concentration on concepts of luxury, pleasure, enjoyment, and experiences as opposed to providing for necessities and fundamentals is another distinguishing feature of the hospitality sector. So, the hospitality sector is widely acknowledged to place more emphasis on pleasure than on more fundamental necessities.

As a result, every hospitality facility should be properly maintained to keep offering its core aspect – customer satisfaction. Therefore, there is a need for a proper property condition assessment to accomplish this task.

Ohio, Indiana & Kentucky Hospitality Industries PCA Commercial Inspection

In this industry, we can expect to see an increase in the number of distressed hospitality assets being sold as owners deal with increasing financial difficulties. Lenders, receivers, lawyers, and brokers ultimately need to comprehend not just the economic and income-producing aspects of these properties but also the physical features of the hospitality asset. A stakeholder in a property can put themselves in a better position to make decisions about the stabilization and disposition of a hotel, restaurant, or resort by carrying out a property condition assessment (PCA).

Property Condition Assessment Standards

The ASTM International Standard E 2018 identifies the generally accepted procedure for conducting a hospitality property condition assessment. ASTM International is a standards-setting institution that provides technical standards for a wide array of materials, products, systems, and services. The PCA procedure is outlined in ASTM E 2018, which also offers uniformity across all PCA tasks. Professional PCA consultants will state their adherence to ASTM E 2018.

  • The standard also provides guidelines on how to conduct a Property Condition Assessment. Experience, education, certification, and professional registration or license in architecture, engineering or construction management are vital factors to consider when choosing a qualified PCA consultant. Additionally, the effectiveness of the hotel and restaurant ???? PCA is closely tied to the hospitality experience, and the expertise of the field inspector and the property conditions report supervisor.


Property Condition Assessment Plan of Action and Goal

Plan of Action

A PCA starts with a clearly defined scope of work that needs to be done for a particular assessment. The scope of work must, at the very least, include the following:

  • A walk-through survey.
  • Analyses of relevant data.
  • Appropriate interviews with individuals with relevant knowledge of the subject property.

The information acquired is presented in a well-written, comprehensive property condition report.


The purpose of a PCA is to "observe and report on the physical condition of the subject property," as stated in ASTM E 2018. A PCA is not an in-depth, intrusive technical assessment of the conditions as built. It isn't regarded as a tool for the profession of engineering, architecture or construction management either. Instead, based on approved observational methodologies, data collection methods, practical hands-on construction experience and written analysis, the PCA offers, at a single point in time, an assessment viewpoint of the property's status in terms of the physical improvements. The outcome of the PCA is a thorough understanding of the relevant asset for the user.

This information also covers the long-term expenditures required to stabilize and preserve asset value during these uncertain economic times, as well as where short-term capital expenditures must be invested.

Property Condition Reporting

As the final product of a PCA assignment, the property condition report is organized to express the physical state of the subject property's primary areas. Therefore, the relevant improvements are first given a general description before a spatial condition analysis is carried out.

The status of the prominent public and private places is examined using data from the walk-through survey. This includes common areas, including lobbies, banquet and meeting rooms, pre-function areas, restaurants, and other food and beverage outlets, business centers, exercise centers, and indoor swimming pools of a typical hotel. An analysis is done on areas used for circulation, like stairwells and corridors. Investigations are conducted in private areas, including suites, guest rooms, and executive offices. Hidden areas like the kitchen, storage facilities, laundry room, and maintenance spaces are also examined.

The subject property is examined for its particular building systems and components in addition to spatial area evaluations. The building systems' commonly observed features include:

  • The outside grounds system includes external features like patios and pools, planting, signage, parking, and exterior lighting.
  • The framework and foundation of the structural system
  • The exterior building components, such as the roof, windows, doors, and balconies
  • The plumbing, electrical, and mechanical systems
  • The transportation equipment, such as elevators or escalators
  • The sprinkler, fire, and smoke detection systems; and the life safety system

Bottom Line

A property condition assessment gives the end user more information and understanding about the relative costs of maintaining a property as a stable asset in the hospitality sector. A PCA can serve many purposes. For example, the real estate community may use the property condition report to improve a listing's material selling package. Investors and lenders that seek more information about an asset's physical condition might use the property condition report. The PCA helps to give all stakeholders a thorough overview of an existing hospitality asset's physical, economic, and financial aspects.

So, before going further with your investment or securing your investment, PCA is an essential aspect to consider if you want to succeed in this industry. Seek the assistance of professional inspectors throughout Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio for your commercial inspections needs. Home & Commercial Inspections LLC will see you through this process.