Transition studies are a crucial part of the transfer process between community associations and developers in New Jersey. The association’s board should hire NJ structural engineers to make a comprehensive and detailed inspection and review of the unit before taking over the property.

During the transition study, the engineer will thoroughly review and compare the design drawings and the constructed unit to ensure that the obligations were met. They will also inspect the property to find defects in various components and systems of the structure. If needed, the report from the transition study will also include estimates for possible repair or replacements costs to fix the issues.

As transition studies help address potential underlying problems in the structure, the association and developers must ensure that the transition study is done correctly. They should make sure that common mistakes during transition studies are avoided to make the process more effective.

One mistake that the association should avoid when ordering a transition study in New Jersey is hiring unqualified individuals for the job. Engineers have different levels of knowledge, skills, and experience that will be crucial during the process. Associations should thoroughly screen the engineers or engineering firms before hiring them. Underqualified individuals might miss underlying damage invisible to the naked eye, resulting in more expensive repairs when left unaddressed.

Not creating an in-depth inspection checklist is another mistake that stakeholders should avoid during the transition study. Creating a checklist for the common elements engineers should check will expedite the process and form an organized workflow. The detailed list also creates accountability for the engineers. It can be evidence that a professional reviewed all areas of the property should an accident happen because of structural defects.

These are just some of the errors that might occur when conducting a transition study. To know more about other mistakes that should be avoided in the process, check this infographic from Lockatong Engineering.