Dilapidation Reports

Understanding The Functions And Features Of A Dilapidation Report

What is a dilapidation report?

Before attempting to work on any construction site, it is important to know what one is dealing with regarding the condition of the site and what will be needed before, during, and after the completion of any construction job. A dilapidation report is needed to capture all this. A dilapidation report is a type of specific property report that details the physical conditions of the building or site for the purposes of the construction, including demolition and excavation.

Importantly, the dilapidation report will include information on the condition of properties in close proximity to the construction site so that the state of these properties before and after the work is completed can be taken into account should the work being done on the construction site should inadvertently negatively affect them.

Who is responsible for preparing the report?

Dilapidation reports are prepared by knowledgeable building inspectors who use a combination of measurements, diagrams, notes, and photographs are used to paint the full picture. Typically, building consultants are the ones doing the dilapidation report as they have a good handle of how properties in close proximity to the work site are likely to be most affected and prepare a thorough report to that effect.

When are dilapidation reports needed?

Generally, the need for a dilapidation report is often determined by the how close other properties are located to the site where construction and building work will take place. So, for example, if work is being done on a site where there are no buildings or other properties around (or in close enough proximity to be affected), then a dilapidation report may not be needed. On the other hand, the opposite is true.

Still, even in those circumstances where a dilapidation report may not be deemed ‘necessary,’ it would not be a bad idea to still have one done. This is as the report can still be a useful reference document should any litigation come up – which from time to time they do. Being mindful of this possibility in the very beginning stages may prove to be a saviour in the end.

Who does one contact to get dilapidation reports done?

To get one of these very important reports done, be sure to contact your builder or local Australian building authority to confirm that a report indeed needs to be done and to get the ball rolling regarding the same.