In this phase of the property assessment you’ll conduct various types of observations on the site. Mostly these will be practical assessments using your observational skills and appropriate physical and high-tech tools.
In most cases, you won’t have as much time as you would want to check the property, so you’ll want to be able to rapidly perform the survey and collect as much relevant information as you can.
That is why it will be important that you prep in advance and be able to quickly access this page via your smartphone when on the site. Then you can use it as a checklist of what to evaluate, and have quick links to corresponding assessment step-by-step guides.
This way, you can collect all the relevant information in one go as you explore the site and ensure you don’t gloss over something important.
On-Site Assessment Instructions:
STEP 1. Access the assessment guides and do the on-site observations
- Activity in the neighborhood
- Adjacent properties – neighbors
- Flash flood potential
- Slope (steepness)
- Site’s aspect (microclimates)
- Sun’s movement across the site through the year
- Existing water sources (and their output)
- Access to the property
- Type, length and location of the roads on the property + driveway
- Position and orientation of buildings
- Hisorical land use
- Soil condition
- Existing vegetation cover
STEP 2. Update the Property Assessment Sheet with your findings.