Chapter 11. INTRODUCING THE COST APPROACH. CHAPTER TERMS AND CONCEPTS. Direct costs Historic costs Index method Indirect costs Lump-sum costs Quantity survey method Replacement cost Reproduction cost Story height Unit-in-place method. Base cost Builder’s profit Building shell
INTRODUCING THE COST APPROACH
List the five basic steps in the cost approach.
Define the terms reproduction cost and replacement cost, and explain their use in appraisals.
Name four methods of estimating costs and explain when each is used.
List the direct and indirect costs that make up a building’s total costs.
Name the important site, location, and design features that influence the construction costs of a building.
Estimate the value of the land as if vacant and available for use. Generally, this is accomplished by the market comparison approach.
Estimate the total cost to reproduce or replace the existing improvements as of the date of value.
Decide on appropriate amounts for accrued depreciation (loss in the market value of the improvements).
Deduct the accrued depreciation from the cost new of the improvements.
Add the depreciated cost of the improvements to the estimated land value, in order to arrive at the property value as indicated by the cost approach.
Generalized Economic Costs:
1. Cost levels as of the date of value, not “book” costs or historic costs for the building.
2. Typical costs to build a building, rather than the actual construction costs. These two costs could be the same, of course.
3. Costs that include all of the charges to the consumer, not just the cost to the developer or builder. All-inclusive costs are sometimes referred to as “turn-key” costs, where all that the first occupant has to do is to turn the key and move in.
Reproduce a Replica
Replace the Utility
The comparative square-foot
(or comparative unit) method.
2. The unit-in-place method.
3. The index (or cost service index) method.
4. The quantity survey method.
Construction Costs Include:
The increased use of office computers and online data services by appraisers has extended to the task of cost estimating. A number of construction cost providers offer online services that can calculate and report building cost estimates upon order, using specifications that are input by the user.
Cost estimating plays a role in each of the three approaches to value. In appraisals, the concept of cost is related to its economic impact. This means that cost estimates are made at price levels as of the date of value. Also, they must reflect the total amount of typical costs that are passed on to consumers. The cost approach is used primarily to estimate the value of nearly new, new, or special-use properties. It can also be a check against the other value approaches.
Manuals and cost services provide average cost figures for many types of buildings and can be expected to include photographs, specifications, and cost-estimating techniques as well.