A dilapidation report is a report on the condition of a property at a given point in time. It records any existing damage, and the state of any aspects of the property that are likely to be affected by construction work, excavation or demolition.
1. Independent inspection
A dilapidation survey outlines the current condition and any existing structural damage including areas which may be prone to damage. This includes (but is not limited to) cracks, stresses and water damage to floor, walls, cornices and ceilings; cracks in brickworks, road surfaces and adjoining footpaths; deterioration of roofs, gutters, downpipes and other external fixtures or features.
The survey is provided as a final report which includes digital photographs and a written component. By engaging a professional, you will be provided with an independent report which does not hold any bias towards either party.
2. Condition of structures prior to construction
By conducting a survey prior to work commencing, you will be able to thoroughly assess adjoining structures and ensure proper precautions are taken to minimise movement, vibration, water overflow, loose site debris or any potential change to adjoining surfaces or features.
A dilapidation survey can also be used for site restoration after works have been completed. In a case where roads and landscaping need to be removed during construction, the survey will be utilised afterwards to ensure areas are returned to their original state.
3. Provides evidence to counter claims, liabilities & actions.
There is often conflicts between Body corporate and contractors and developers for damage sustained to third party and adjoining properties. If you have failed to get a dilapidation survey done, then you could potentially be liable for any damages if a claim is made. Having a report conducted prior to commencement means the Body corporate has the original site condition report as evidence against any demands for damage should they arise, and void expensive drawn out litigation.