Are you planning a development construction? Is someone planning construction near your property? When building works are being carried out it’s important that you assess the condition of your home and the surrounding properties with a Dilapidation Report or Pre-Construction Inspection. This simple but thorough report identifies the condition of surrounding properties prior to and after the completion of commercial or residential projects.
Who Will Benefit from a Dilapidation Report?
A dilapidation report is designed to measure the condition of buildings prior to construction. The reason why a report like this is vital is because if there is damage to a property nearby due to your building works, the owner of that property may well seek compensation from you. Similarly, if you know construction is being carried out nearby, you should get a building report on your home. By having a building report completed on your home, you can compare the condition of your property pre- and post-construction, and if there has been damage, you can seek compensation from the person or company responsible.
What Can a Dilapidation Report Assess?
There’s a range of structures and buildings that will benefit from a dilapidation report including:
- Commercial buildings
- Retail shops
Surrounding infrastructure is also included in the dilapidation report to all adjoining properties around the perimeter of the site, which may be adversely affected by the planned construction.
What Will a Dilapidation Report Find?
All substantial visible defects that exist prior to construction, or that may have occurred during construction, are recorded in the dilapidation report in the form of detailed notes and photographic evidence. We can perform a dilapidation report to check a range of building components and features including the current conditions of:
- Retaining walls
- Boundary fences
- External walls
- Interior structures
- Residential homes
- Commercial structures
Common problems that may be noted include:
- Material deterioration
- Water seepage/damage
- Concrete damage
Damage and defects can be caused by any kind of construction. It might be major renovations to existing structures, council-mandated road construction, or other infrastructure. There might be issues stemming from heavy equipment, piling, vibration, underground tunnelling, or excavation, or other traffic or persons onsite during construction.
We can even assess the ground and around the perimeter of the proposed site prior to building works commencing.
We Conduct Dilapidation Reports for Pre-Construction Condition of new commercial and residential buildings. We include inspections in the Caboolture, Morayfield, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Logan, Gold Coast and Ipswich areas.
When Undertaking New Construction
So you’re ready to start construction – but before anyone so much as fires up a cement mixer or raises a drill – consider the possibility that problems may arise in surrounding properties due to the building works.
Building works create vibrations, noise, ground movement and can cause structural changes due to foundation work and other building efforts. Before any work is done on your property or nearby, we strongly recommended that you consider having a dilapidation report done.
- Phone us or contact us online
- We assess your building or the surrounding properties
- Save yourself from potential legal action — or protect yourself from a lengthy and complicated process where you have to prove liability!
After Construction is Complete
When all of the work has been completed, a further dilapidation report can be carried out. This report will reveal any changes to buildings or structures so that if work needs to be done to fix anything, this can be carried out accurately.
Avoid Disputes and Claims
If there’s damage to your property and it was caused by a company or person building nearby or next door, you’d want that fixed up without having to foot the bill. Similarly, if another party is claiming that your construction damaged their home, you’d want some comprehensive evidence of your liability.
A pre-construction (dilapidation) report covers you against unsubstantiated claims and disputes.
A carefully documented and prepared dilapidation report with photographic evidence of both the pre- and post-construction condition of the building site and any surrounding property is vital for anyone seeking or undergoing building.
Any changes and variations that occur between start and finish reports will show straightforward evidence of any damage.
Documenting Pre-existing Conditions
- A pre-construction dilapidation report will note existing conditions.
- Your report will be agreed upon and signed by all affected parties before building work commences.
- The party who orders the report keeps this as a record in the event of any issues arising from the construction.
You want a smooth building process – and a pre-construction building report can help you to make sure that any damage is dealt with quickly and efficiently.
Independent Dilapidation Inspection Reports by ASBIR
At All Suburbs Building Inspections and Reports, we are thorough. We understand what to look for, and we know what needs to be tracked and noted in regard to pre-existing damage. When it comes to new construction, it’s important to note any damage to the surrounding homes.
We carry out Dilapidation Inspection Reports (also sometimes called pre-construction reports or existing-condition reports) in all suburbs of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, and Ipswich.
- Fully Qualified and Licensed Inspectors
- Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) Approved
- Member of Master Builders Institute of Building Consultants (IBC)