A dilapidation report specifies the existing condition of a property that is next to a proposed building or infrastructure work. The report contains observations, photographs and sometimes diagrams, which help create a picture of the condition of the building or infrastructure at a specific period.
Dilapidation inspections are normally carried out before the start of the proposed building work and always before the commencement of large-scale excavation or construction work that involves heavy equipment. Generally, all accessible interior and exterior areas and roof exterior areas are looked at and photographed from ground level or from the upper level during the inspection. A final inspection is carried out upon completion of the construction work and a report is made to record any changes that the work may have caused.
Aim of a Dilapidation Report
A dilapidation report is a requirement for Council approval for a development. The purpose of the report is to prevent expensive lawsuits upon the completion of a building work by having a record of the condition of the adjacent buildings or infrastructure before the start of construction. A dilapidation report also gives the adjoining neighbours an independent report detailing problems with their property before the construction work.
Without a dilapidation report, it will be harder to ascertain the damage caused by the construction work on the adjoining property. This may result in difficulties in making claims for damages. Property owners who are concerned about nearby construction work should commission a dilapidation report for their peace of mind.
The inspection and reporting is carried out by an independent, qualified consultant. This is to ensure an accurate documentation of the condition of a building and to prevent any partiality towards the builder or property owner.
The Importance of Building Inspections
As a property owner, make sure to have building and pest inspections done regularly on your property. Hire a trustworthy building inspections expert to ensure the building remains structurally sound and that it is free of pests. Brisbane Building and Pest Inspection Services uses the latest methods and state-of-the-art equipment to conduct thorough and accurate inspections. The company also provides dilapidation reports after conducting inspections.
Brisbane Building and Pest Inspection Services offers highly professional but reasonably priced services. The company only employs licensed and qualified inspectors. They have extensive training and experience and they are accredited with the Queensland Building Services Authority (QBSA). They also hold certificates for a Completed Residential Building Inspection course.
You should know the condition of your building at all times because construction work could commence in the surrounding area at any time. Your building may suffer damage as a result of the construction. A regular inspection is beneficial as it will protect you, your tenants and your investment property.