What is a Dilapidation Report?
A dilapidation report is a complete documentation of the current state of a property and neighbouring properties at a given point in time, whether that’s a building or the land itself. It documents any existing damage, parts of the property to be aware of, any parts of the property that need to be protected and other issues.
Most builders get a dilapidation report to prove the state of a property after construction has taken place, to ensure there is no damage or change to surrounding properties. This is especially useful for working with heritage listed buildings, as you can prove no damage has been done to the original property.
When is a Dilapidation Inspection Report Needed?
If you’re constructing, renovating or demolishing on or around existing property, there’s a good chance you’ll need a dilapidation report. Types of proposed works that usually require a dilapidation report include a new unit building (particularly if there are underground garages), new house construction, renovation or alteration works, road works, underground tunnelling or demolition.
Most builders will get a pre and post dilapidation report to ensure they’re completely covered in the event something goes wrong or a dispute is raised. This will help eliminate any frustration in a claim for damages from the Council, your neighbours, stakeholders, or any other Authorities.
An initial pre-dilapidation inspection report is undertaken prior to any construction works commencing so that any cracking and/or damage to the neighbouring properties and/or council assets can be documented to protect both parties from any potential claims.
A final post-dilapidation inspection report is undertaken on completion of the works and any changes are documented so that remedial works can be undertaken or in any case a dispute can be resolved by issuing our report as a piece of evidence.
The local council usually requests a dilapidation report prior to most construction sites beginning, so any bonds taken can be returned on completion of the construction works if the outside of a building site such as pathways, kerbing, drainage, road and any other conditions of the surrounding Council property are not damaged.