In many cases, construction and demolition can affect the condition of a site. The use of heavy equipment and large machines can cause soil to be displaced, foundations to be damaged, or trees being uprooted. At times, even nearby properties may be affected. Unfortunately, the buildings around a work site do sometimes get damaged.
What is a Dilapidation Report?
A dilapidation report serves to describe the state of a property in detail. Aside from reporting on a property’s general condition, it should include details of any damage and inform about anything that might affect or be affected by construction work on the site.
Contrary to initial impressions, a “dilapidation” report is not necessarily conducted for old, run-down buildings. The building could be in pristine condition, but a dilapidation report could still be necessary.
The importance of the dilapidation report is especially evident when there is construction adjacent to a property. Inspections are usually conducted on the buildings around the site before and after the job, in order to prove that any accidental damages were in fact the result of the construction (and did not exist prior). This is often required by local councils or larger jobs, and is done by a third-party inspector to eliminate any chance of bias.
How much does a Dilapidation Report Cost?
Dilapidation report inspections should be carried out by professional building consultants or certified building inspectors. Their understanding of the condition of a structure and experience in looking for signs of wear are important in the creation of an accurate report.
The cost of a dilapidation report ranged from $300 to $1000 for a standard house. For a commercial property it will be significantly more.
It is important to hire a reputable and unbiased professional, because anything left out of the initial report can be used by the property owner against the party having adjacent construction work done to demand compensation for damages supposedly caused by the job. In the same manner, anything left out of the final report may not allow the property owner to be compensated for damages that were actually caused by the construction.
What is included in the Dilapidation Report?
Inspectors usually look for major and minor structural faults, some of which are
- Cracks in any of the following:
- Roof damage
- Missing or loose beams (or other supporting structures)
- Signs of ground movement (doors that are no longer parallel, shifted flooring, etc.)
These are just a few of the common structural defects. Professionals will look for these and more. They will make measurements, write notes, and take photographs of anything that could be of concern and include these in their report.
When should you get a Dilapidation Report?
A report is generally required by a local council if the construction job is major, and built on a site adjacent to another property. However, there are many times when it would be good to get a dilapidation report despite it not technically being required.
When anything to do with excavation and water work is being done nearby, it would be a very wise decision to get a dilapidation report. The same goes for road construction or any major building activity.
These sorts of jobs occurring around you can accidentally damage your property in ways that you might not always be able to easily see. A dilapidation report would help you prove that the damages, if any, were caused by the nearby construction. Without it, things might be more difficult with regards to acquiring compensation.
Dilapidation reports are important like a form of insurance. They can compensate and protect you from any potential future damages.