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Protect Yourself With A Dilapidation Report

Have you have recently employed contractors to undertake construction or building work in close proximity to your neighbours? You should assuredly take the time to have a dilapidation report written for your protection.

Heavy drilling, excavation and demolition work produces vibrations which can result in cracks, leaks or other damage to neighbouring buildings. Your neighbours may find damage to their property after nearby construction commences. They will definitely be angry and may seek damages over and above what is fair.

What Is A Dilapidation Report?

A dilapidation report, or dilapidation survey is a preliminary report undertaken as a defensive measure. A report records the facets of residential, commercial and industrial buildings nearby construction work that could be damaged by vibrations or close proximity heavy traffic etc. Reports are conducted at specific lots nearby a construction zone. They are also undertaken when long term leases in older buildings come to an end and the contract requires the lease holder to remediate the premises.

Dilapidation reports also include details about the existing structural condition of landmarks and features nearby to adjacent properties. Trees, fences, pavement, gutters, parking, driveways and front yards in the vicinity of construction adjacent property are evaluated and photographed.

Property condition surveys are commonly carried out as part of essential infrastructure projects on buildings within 50m of construction activities. The inclusion of outdoor structures and landmarks in a dilapidation report is based on the council’s discretion. Deposits are paid to councils if city infrastructure is damaged as a result of construction at your property.

A comprehensive dilapidation report written by SBDIR will include a written and photographic report. All existing cracks and damage within neighbouring properties will be recorded. The report will be written before construction commences. Doing so is a preventative measure that provides a benchmark against which to valuate any future damages.

How Does A Dilapidation Inspection Protect You?

In the event that damage does occur due to essential infrastructure projects, adjacent building works or the end of lease release report, repair costs can be calculated as:

The net cost of repairs – the value of the existing damaged segment. Wear and Tear are commonly considered in the ending of a lease. If the Building Manager deems any damage to be excessive then a Defects/ Dilapidation report will be required to assess the cost to rectify. Having a pre lease report undertaken can certainly help to improve and ascertain the extent and scope of any compensation.

For example, if a wall costs $10,000 and is built to last for 40 years, any damage caused to that wall by any third party makes them responsible. New for old or a justifiable repair without betterment.

Having to pay for repairs to old damage in neighbouring properties isn’t fair. Adjoining property inspections should undergo inspection before major construction starts. The condition of each building should be recorded for property owners in the event heavy machinery works commencing soon cause damage or underground structures being built close by.

Only Employ Professional Dilapidation Report Writers

Only experienced consultants in building inspections and dilapidation reports should be contracted to evaluate adjacent properties prior to construction work. Reports get very complex, so only employ the professionals when you need to commence construction work.

Sydney Building Defects and Inspection Reports has over 40 years’ experience in the business. Richard Jones is a licensed building inspector and can do warranty inspections and dilapidation reports in Sydney and surrounds. These are compliant with Australian standards.

When Are Dilapidation Reports Written?

Dilapidation reports in the construction sense are written before and after construction has commenced and finished, respectively. The former report involves the documentation process detailed above and the latter is a comparison report used to document delivery condition. If there is damage to property present, the preliminary stages of calculating the cost of claims may follow. You will be protected, however, following your employment of Richard Jones at Sydney Building Defects and Inspection Reports.

Council DA Conditions can sometimes state this requirement, and if so, they will determine if they are happy with a Qualified Building Consultant or they require the services of an engineer to undertake it.

Contact us on 0419 416 040 during trading hours for a quick consultation about your circumstances. We’ll evaluate your case on its own terms usually on a Fixed Price Lump Sum.