Quick Fact: A Dilapidation Report helps to confirm whether or not construction or demolition work is the cause of damage to nearby buildings.
So knowing this now, do you think it sounds important?
Well, you’re on the money if you answered “Yes”! These inspection reports are crucial, and here is why.
At Your Building Inspector, we offer Existing Building Condition Reports, otherwise known as a dilapidation report.
These are carried out to assess the current state of a property, to record any existing damage, and the state of any particular aspects of the property that are likely to be affected by construction work, excavation or demolition.
The reports are generally conducted before additional construction or demolition work being undertaken on the property.
So why so important? Well, think of it this way.
A dilapidation report acts a legal record of the current state of the building and surrounding buildings before construction, excavation or demolition works begin.
It provides the property owner and contractor with peace of mind and an independent record of the condition before the commencement of building works. The report can be used as evidence if a dispute arises where a property owner blames the contractor’s work for damaging their property.
If the building and demolition work requires the use of heavy machinery and equipment, then these reports become even more critical.
This is due to the likely removal of soil, existing slabs or footings and possibly trees. Sometimes the demolition can also involve knocking down parts of an existing structure, which can significantly affect the surrounding buildings.
This kind of report provides the contractor with an independent record of any adjoining properties condition, before the commencement of building works. The report may be used as evidence by the contractor if a dispute arises between any property owner claiming that the works have resulted in damage to their adjoining property.
The reports typically include things like notes, measurements, photographs, and diagrams which give an accurate picture of the state of the buildings being inspected, and are usually signed by both the owner of the property being inspected and the party having construction work done.
If you’re asking yourself, Will I need a Dilapidation Report?
Then the answer is pretty simple.
It will come down to where your building is situated to other structures, and what the authorities in your area require.
Even if they’re not required by law for the work you’re doing, dilapidation reports can help protect you against litigation if neighbours claim that your construction or demolition work has damaged their homes.