Providing home inspections and building inspections in Los Angeles since 1979, Boatwright Building Consultants, Inc. is an industry leader. We are knowledgeable and experienced, and have earned a reputation of excellence. We are proud of this distinction. It reflects the quality and professionalism we bring our clients.

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Our "Standard" Home Inspection

BOATWRIGHT provides thorough, detailed evaluations of single-family dwellings. These inspections are a visual examination of the structure, and the exterior and interior systems and components of a residence. We identify material defects and include all of the items listed below, and much more.

  • roof & roof flashing
  • attic
  • skylights
  • roof gutters & spouts
  • eaves & fascia
  • chimney & fireplace
  • exterior wall cladding
  • porches & decks
  • balconies
  • exterior grounds
  • foundation system
  • plumbing fixtures
  • water pipes
  • drainpipes
  • gas pipes
  • electrical system
  • heating system
  • cooling system
  • doors & windows
  • ceilings & walls
  • floors
  • built-in appliances
  • garages
  • swimming pools & spas

The inspection and the written report of our findings do not just meet industry standards – we exceed them. Our reports are logical, easy to read and conveniently separate functional conditions, informational content, defects, and potential safety issues. The PDF version of the report is conveniently bookmarked so you can easily navigate each Section. In addition, we also include a separate summary of the report that lists the deficiencies identified in the inspection. After staff review, the final written report of our findings is delivered per your requested method of delivery, but usually via email, the next business day following the inspection. You can also download the report for 90 days using a convenient link we provide when your report is delivered.

Our "Comprehensive" Home Inspection

For residential buyers desiring more than the standard home inspection, we offer a Comprehensive Home Inspection. This inspection is the most authoritative available from any single source. The Comprehensive Inspection differs dramatically from the industry-standard home inspection which is commonly referred to as a limited inspection. While both inspections identify existing and potential problems, the Comprehensive Inspection goes into much greater depth using licensed specialists to supplement our inspectors, and includes recommended solutions with cost estimates to correct problems identified in the inspection. Although normally provided for estate type properties, the Comprehensive Inspection is available for all homes. Because of the number of experts used, this inspection can take up to two weeks to complete.

 
STANDARD
COMPREHENSIVE
Our Inspectors
Electrical Contractor
 
Plumbing Contractor
 
Roofing Contractor
 
HVAC Contractor
 
Elevator Contractor¹
 
Civil Engineer
 
Licensed Geologist¹
 
Mold Inspection
 
Radon Inspection
 
Asbestos Inspection¹
 
Lead Paint Inspection¹
 
Thermographic Inspection²
 
Alarm/Security Specialist
 
Chimney Video Scope
 
Sewer Video Scope
 
Permit Search
 
Written Report
Photographic Documentation³
Recommended Solutions
 
Cost Estimates for Solutions
 
Liquidated Damages
 

¹ When applicable.

² Infrared inspection for building heat loss and heat gain.

³ The Standard Inspection includes photos of some but not all items that need attention. The Comprehensive Inspection includes photos of all items.

BOATWRIGHT provides thorough, detailed evaluations of multi-family dwellings, hotels, shopping centers, offices, retail, banks, high-rise, country clubs, manufacturing, warehouses and other types of commercial and industrial properties. These inspections are a visual examination of the exterior and interior elements of a building, and include the parking facilities and grounds. Our commercial building inspections identify material defects in the structure, systems and components, and include all of the items listed below, and much more.

  • exterior grounds
  • loading docks
  • parking facilities
  • structural frame
  • foundation
  • roofing
  • roof parapets
  • roof flashing
  • roof drainage
  • skylights
  • attic voids
  • exterior wall systems
  • exterior wall cladding
  • windows & glazing
  • doors
  • water pipes
  • drainpipes
  • gas pipes
  • water heaters
  • boilers
  • HVAC system
  • electrical system
  • ceilings
  • ceiling voids
  • interior walls
  • floors
  • bathrooms/restrooms
  • elevators
  • stairs
  • guardrails
  • emergency lighting
  • exit signs
  • emergency exit & rescue

Our commercial assessments are offered in two forms: the Property Condition Assessment (PCA), which conforms to ASTM Standard E 2018-08; and, the Standard Commercial Assessment, which is very similar to the PCA but excludes interviews, document review and cost estimates.

The written report of our findings is logical, easy to read and conveniently separates informational content, defects and potential safety issues. After staff review, the final written report of our findings is delivered our next business day per your requested method, but usually via e-mail. You can also download the report for 90 days using a convenient link we provide when your report is delivered.

Choose a Specialty Inspection type below:

Health & Safety Inspections

These specialized inspections are designed to identify material violations of the L. A. Building Code, L. A. Housing Code, California Uniform Building Code, or the HUD physical conditions standards set forth in 24 CFR § 5.703. The inspections focus on the following:

  • building site
  • building exterior
  • building systems
  • dwelling units
  • common areas
  • health considerations
  • safety considerations

If you have been cited for non-compliance, are having a problem passing a city inspection, or need a HUD housing report, we can solve your problems.

 

Condominium Conversion Inspections

Condominium conversion laws require an unbiased evaluation of a development’s main components and systems, with a report of findings prepared by a licensed civil engineer or licensed architect¹. Our condo conversion inspections meet these regulations. We verify existing condition and compliance with minimum standards at the project common areas and dwelling units, and issue a written report of our findings, prepared by a registered civil engineer, that also provides an estimate of remaining useful life. Governing bodies typically require the following systems and components be evaluated for condominium conversions:

  • Roof
  • Foundation
  • Other Structural Systems (if present)
  • Plumbing System
  • Electrical System
  • Heating & Air Conditioning Systems
  • Other Mechanical Systems (if present)
  • Elevators
  • Life Safety Systems
  • Fire Safety Systems

¹ Some municipalities stipulate that a licensed civil engineer, licensed architect, licensed general engineering contractor or licensed general building contractor may prepare the report. In addition to being engineers, we are also licensed general engineering and general building contractors.

Property Condition Assessment (PCA)

The Property Condition Assessment (PCA) is an evaluation of a commercial property conducted in accordance with ASTM Standard E 2018-08, “Standard Guide for Property Condition Assessments: Baseline Property Condition Assessment Process”. The PCA identifies the presence of physical deficiencies of a property’s systems, components or equipment. Defects that may be remedied with routine maintenance or minor repairs are excluded.

The PCA is compromised of the following components:

    1. A thorough review of available documentation;
    2. Interviews with personnel familiar with the property;
    3. A physical site assessment (walk-thru survey);
    4. Opinions of probable costs to remedy physical deficiencies;
    5. A Property Condition Report (PCR) that includes:
      • survey results
      • photographic documentation of findings
      • cost estimate of immediate repairs
      • cost estimate of repairs over time

Our Property Condition Report is logical and easy to read and is delivered per your requested method of delivery, but usually via e-mail. You can also download the report for 90 days using a convenient link we provide when your report is delivered.

Project Capital Needs Assessment (PCNA)

The Project Capital Needs Assessment (PCNA) is an in depth evaluation of a multifamily dwelling and is designed to meet the requirements of HUD Section 223(f).

The PCNA is comprised of the following components:

    1. A thorough review of available documentation;
    2. Interviews with personnel familiar with the property;
    3. A physical site assessment of the project’s systems, components and equipment;
    4. Termite inspection and environmental survey (Phase I, lead, asbestos, mold);
    5. Seismic hazard analysis in accordance with ASCE 31-02 (FEMA-310);
    6. A Physical Inspection Report (PIR). The PIR describes the current and future physical needs of the project and identifies:
  • immediate critical and non-critical repair needs;
  • expected repair, replacement and major maintenance needs over time;
  • an estimated cost, adjusted for inflation, to complete such items.

Our Physical Inspection Report is logical and easy to read and is delivered per your requested method, but usually via e-mail. You can also download the report for 90 days using a convenient link we provide when your report is delivered.

Physical Needs Assessment (PNA)

The Physical Needs Assessment (PNA) identifies deferred maintenance issues and related short-term capital replacements, develops a Reserve Replacement Study and establishes baselines for maintenance monitoring. Following are key considerations of a PNA:

Immediate Physical Needs – repairs, replacements and significant maintenance problems that should be addressed immediately (particularly to correct building code violations and environmental hazards identified in the inspection process).

Physical Needs Over Term – repairs, replacements and significant maintenance problems that will be needed over term (5, 10, 15 or 20 years as determined by our client’s requirements).

Our approach to a PNA includes:

  • A thorough physical assessment of the building site, its common areas and all accessible dwelling units;
  • Identification of material defects in terms of deferred maintenance and conditions that could affect the habitability or safety of a property, including environmental hazards;
  • Identification of building code non-compliance issues;
  • Evaluation of work necessary to return vacant and down units to occupied status;
  • Classification of critical and non-critical repair items;
  • A reasonable cost analysis for needed work;
  • A comprehensive report detailing the assessment findings, including photographic documentation, cost tables and Reserve Study.

Our Physical Needs Assessment Report is logical and easy to read and is delivered per your requested method of delivery, but usually via e-mail. You can also download the report for 90 days using a convenient link we provide when your report is delivered.

Our structural inspections provide an overview of a building’s structural condition. We identify existing symptoms that suggest a possible structural problem, confirm if the identified conditions are problematic, and if problematic, provide recommendations for needed correction.

The focus of the inspection is the integrity of the various structural components and elements that comprise a building. This examination includes the form of construction, the stability and integrity of the foundation system, bearing walls, roof framing, ceiling framing, floor framing, fastening systems, and seismic restraint systems, etc. Both existing and potential problems are evaluated.

Following are common conditions we often see that may indicate an existing or potential structural problem:

  • cracks, shifting or movement at foundation walls
  • cracks at floor slabs
  • movement at other foundation elements
  • undermining at or near foundation elements
  • foundation components too near a slope or the soil edge
  • exterior and/or interior wall cracks
  • bulging at exterior or interior wall finish media
  • ceiling cracks
  • out-of-square wall openings
  • floors out-of-level and/or walls out-of-plumb
  • ceiling deflection
  • roof deflection
  • damage at framing members

We also evaluate structural modifications done without permit (e.g., removal of a bearing wall, wall opening added, soil excavated below the building, etc.), retaining walls, fire damage, earthquake damage, wind damage, and masonry chimneys.

The written report of our findings includes photographic documentation of identified conditions. It is written in laymen terms so it is easy to read and understand and is signed and stamped by a licensed Civil Engineer (it is a misdemeanor in California for anyone other than a licensed engineer or architect to render a structural opinion). This document presents our professional opinion and is accepted by Building Authorities, lenders, insurance companies, real estate firms, and appraisers. The report is delivered per your requested method of delivery, but usually via e-mail. You can also download the report for 90 days using a convenient link we provide when your report is delivered.