Your property is probably your largest asset so it is important to protect it. If your neighbour or council are performing major construction near your property it is important to document the condition of your property before works commence. If this work impacts your property such as cracking of walls by way of excavation or vibration you will be able to claim against this. This will only be possible if you have a document that proves that these defects were not present before the construction work commenced.
What is a Dilapidation Report?
A dilapidation report is a report on the condition of a property at a given point in time. It records the current condition of the property through doing a site visit, taking photos and documenting it. It records any existing damage, and the condition of any particular aspects of the property that are likely to be affected by construction work, excavation or demolition.
Tip: If you’re planning on doing any major construction work on your property, it’s always best practice to get a dilapidation report done on the properties around you. You can avoid costly disputes that may arise from your neighbours claiming for damages due to the result of the construction work done on your property.
In a dilapidation report the areas inspected are:
- Street guttering
- Nature strips
- Neighbouring houses and
- Any other relevant areas
Therefore if there is any damage in the future this report can be used as a referral to who may be responsible.
Why is it important?
A dilapidation report becomes an agreed record of the condition of the adjoining property to the building works. Dilapidation reports are not simply an outline conditioning of a building, it is a record of the condition of the property, including trees, shrubs, fences, paving and driveways etc.
Having a well documented report ensures there are no arguments about the condition of the property either during or after the works are completed. A Jim’s dilapidation report is an independent survey that is accepted by all authorities.
A further building inspection once the works are completed or even during the works further protects you as it becomes another record of the condition of the property.
You can avoid costly disputes from your neighbours or even the council. When a major construction work is underway you need to have a good record.
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Frequently asked questions
The purpose of a dilapidation inspection is to provide a record of the condition of the existing surrounding buildings and structures, including fences, roads and pathways, before the commencement of a demolition, construction or development project. All visual defects in the form of cracks, settlement, movement, water seepage, spalling concrete, distortion, subsidence and other building and infrastructure defects are recorded in photographs together with notes. The inspection will take less than one hour.
A dilapidation report is recommended for:
- Property owners situated next to construction works
- Demolition companies
- Owner Builders
- Excavation companies
- Architects and Designers
- Insurance companies