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Reserve Study Terminology

Reserve Study Terms

Throughout the reserve study process, you’ll hear a lot of terminology that may be unfamiliar to you. Whether you’re just learning what a reserve study is or you have your first report in hand, here is a list of the terms you need to know.

Navigating the Reserve Study Process

Reserve Study Process

One indispensable tool in your arsenal is the reserve study—a comprehensive examination of a property’s physical components and financial needs and a long-term capital plan to meet those needs. In this guide, we’ll walk you through each step of conducting a reserve study, demystifying the process, and empowering community associations to feel confident about the reserve study process.

Getting the Most Out of Your Reserve Study Report

How To Read A Reserve Study Report

Reserve studies provide a comprehensive report containing what may seem like an endless amount of information about your association, and can be understandably intimidating to digest. While all the details provided are valuable, reading and utilizing a reserve study report doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. If you’re looking to get to the meat and potatoes of your report, this guide is for you.

Useful Lives and Cost Estimates – The Bottom Line

During the physical inspection portion of a reserve study, a reserve consultant determines the useful life of each reserve component and a cost estimate for its replacement. Here are some commonly asked questions about determining cost estimates and useful lives.

How Much Does a Reserve Study Cost?

Townhomes

This is often one of the first questions a board asks when they are presented with the topic of reserve studies. As boards begin to engage with reserve study providers, odds are that most receive, at a minimum, three bids to conduct a reserve study, all of which present a different cost for a variety of reasons.

Landscaping and Irrigation – Are They Included In Reserve Studies?

Landscaping

When your association decides to commission a reserve study, you may be wondering what components will and will not be included in the capital plan, or, if certain elements can be included. Landscaping and irrigation are both important parts of any community, but are they included in a reserve study?

Choosing a Structural Integrity Reserve Study (SIRS) Provider

Florida Condo

By now, if you have buildings of 3 or more stories, your condominium association or co-op has hopefully begun the process of fulfilling Florida’s structural integrity reserve study (SIRS) requirements and, if applicable, milestone inspection requirements. Because these laws are new, it can be understandably stressful or conflicting to choose a firm to conduct your SIRS or milestone inspection. Every community has different needs, so what route is best for your association?

A Closer Look at The Latest Changes to CAI’s Reserve Study Standards

In March of 2022, a task force of fourteen community association industry experts gathered to begin the process of revising Community Association Institute’s Reserve Study Standards. Originally published in 1998, the Standards provide a consistent framework for reserve studies. Since then, both the community association and reserve study industries have grown, and the Standards have been revised to reflect the current climate. Here’s what you need to know!

Legislation Regarding Structural Integrity and Condo Safety

Legislation

Since Surfside, condominiums throughout the nation have been evacuated as a result of safety concerns. Horizon West (Waukesha, WI), Port Royale (Miami Beach, FL), Renaissance Tower (Myrtle Beach, SC), and Camelback Village (Olney, MD) to name a few. Many states, and in some cases, counties, have taken action to address the issue of aging infrastructure.

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