With subcontractor shortages, budget constraints, general lack of adequate job skills, and waning pride in workmanship, your construction projects become vulnerable to poor quality construction as your management staff bears the pressure of construction scheduling and budget management. When your construction management staff feels stretched to the limit, product quality suffers. Universal can help you keep your overall project expenses on track by providing technical assistance in controlling construction quality assurance. Our team of professional engineers, construction professionals, and building code inspectors takes charge of the quality assurance issues for you, freeing up your construction staff to tackle job of making sure your project is completed on time and within budget. Working with your team of professionals, Universal provides on-site monitoring of critical construction methods and materials employed on your project. Our reports identify deficiencies in workmanship or materials found to not be in compliance with the supplied construction plans, specifications, and documentation. This allows your construction management personnel to efficiently, cost-effectively, and in a timely manner, manage and control all subcontracted construction activities.
Punchlist Origination Services
Let Universal assist you in rapidly closing out your projects with a quality touch. Universal can perform high quality, cost-effective, accurate punchlist inspections of your completed projects, in accordance with industry standards. Providing a fast, written listing of visible construction abnormalities, incomplete work, and defects of the structure’s systems, components and cosmetic finishes for prompt remedy by on-site construction personnel saves time, improving finished product quality, and minimizing warranty service callbacks and expenses.
Aspects of construction reviewed:
- Driveways, walkways, and parking areas
- Landscaping and irrigation systems
- Grading and drainage conditions observable with naked eye
- Pool and spa systems and components; Pool decking and lanai area flatwork
- Dock and seawall components
- Visible foundation and exterior building elements
- Interior and exterior windows, doors, and finish systems
- Garage interiors and related components
- Roof covering systems, penetrations, and related components
- Gutters, downspouts, and related components
- Accessible roof truss systems and components
- Visible attic space and related components
- Visible attic insulation and ventilation systems
- Visible air conditioning, ventilation, plumbing, and electrical systems and components
- Indoor and outdoor kitchen appliances, countertops, cabinetry, and related components
- Bathroom areas, countertops, cabinetry, and related plumbing and electrical trim-out components
- Interior and exterior floor coverings
- Sliding glass door systems and related components
- Interior wall and ceiling finishes
- Millwork and decorative trim, casings, and medallions
- Staircases and related components
Balcony Handrail Inspection Services
If a hotel building has three or more stories, the Florida Administrative Code for Public Lodging Establishments (Section 509.2112) demands that you must submit a Certificate of Balcony Inspection every three years to Florida officials. After Universal’s inspector has completed an inspection, you will be provided with a detailed report indicating his observations. Once any required repairs have been completed, you will be issued your official Certificate of Balcony Inspection ready for submission to your local officials.
Due Diligence/Property Conditions Evaluation Services
Pre-purchase due diligence and property conditions evaluations for property acquisitions are required in today’s real estate environment. Universal has a large, highly-qualified team of environmental and construction professionals who can conduct a thorough analysis of the property in question to provide the potential buyer with the critical decision-making information necessary for sound business and financial decisions. Whether the property consists of a simple single-family residence or more complex structures and/or facilities such as multi-building apartment complexes, commercial buildings, high-rise structures, manufacturing or industrial facilities, or large assembly complexes, Universal can handle them all.
Current Florida statutory requirements specify mandates for any developer desiring to create a residential condominium entity from an existing building or complex by converting the existing, previously occupied improvements into a residential condominium. An ownership form must disclose to prospective buyers the condition of the existing property improvements and the condition of certain components, along with their current estimated replacement costs. Universal can assist in this critical statutory reporting requirement by providing fast, accurate, and professional assessment of critical property systems and components with accurate replacement cost analysis estimates for prompt statutory submission. We handle all of the critical building components, as may be applicable to the project, including roof, structure, fireproofing and fire protection systems, elevators, heating and cooling systems, plumbing systems, electrical systems, swimming pools, seawalls, pavement and parking areas, and drainage systems. Let Universal take the hassle out of condominium disclosure reporting.
Water Intrusion Inspections
If your property has been affected by water damage from hurricanes, storms, plumbing problems, etc., Universal’s Quality Control Inspectors can inspect your property and quickly determine the damage and verify the source of the damage in a written report. Our engineers are also available to offer advice, remedial recommendations, and cost estimates.