We will document the current condition of a property prior to construction commencing on a neighbouring property.
Our Dilapidation Report and inspection is carried out by a qualified engineer experienced in dilapidation reporting.
We provide property inspections in all areas of Melbourne, Mornington Peninsula, Gippsland and surrounding suburbs.
A before and after dilapidation report allows for the assessment of damage caused by construction on a neighbouring property.
Casey Building Inspections are experienced in producing Dilapidation Reports, in accordance with the requirements of local councils, utility organisations and insurance companies.
Independent Building Inspector – Casey
What is a Dilapidation Report?
When construction works, excavation, boring or demolition is to be conducted on a site, it can be necessary to conduct a dilapidation report for any adjacent structures. This is not the same as a standard inspection and defect report; it just records the condition and integrity of the neighboring structures and surrounds, before any work is carried out.
Purpose of the report
A dilapidation report in Melbourne is sometimes confused with a building defect report, but it is not the same. The purpose of the dilapidation report Casey Building Inspections will conduct, is to identify the actual condition of a structures and features, and to document these items prior to construction, development or demolition taking place on a neighboring property.
They are sometimes requested by council to provide an accurate record of a building and site conditions prior to works commencing.
By having a one carried out both before and after the work, it becomes possible to assess what conditions were pre-existing, and what damage was or was not likely to have been the result of the construction or excavation works.
It is likely that Council will only approve a development adjacent to other buildings, on condition that a dilapidation report be lodged by an independent qualified professional engineer, such as our expert team. Councils usually require about four copies of the report, and each to have copies of the colour images of the various details of the existing building.
Below ground risk
If the work to be carried out involves below ground structures, such as underground parking, or deep foundations for a multi-storey building, then a dilapidation report is essential, in case this work affects the foundations or structure of the existing building. In these cases, a copy of the dilapidation report needs to be provided to the owner of the existing building.
Vibration damage risk
Similarly, with any construction work likely to produce significant vibration, such as excavation, demolition or road building, it is also important to have a dilapidation report as a record of the original state of an adjacent existing building, in case the vibration affects either the structure or fabric of the building.
Sometimes a local Council can make a request that a dilapidation report include Council property, such as the road surface, kerbs and gutters, footpath and signs, in case these are damaged by heavy construction vehicles.
The dilapidation report Casey Building Inspections will conduct prior to adjacent construction work, will establish the true condition of the existing structure. The final inspection will establish the condition after construction has been completed. The existence of the dilapidation report eliminates the potential of unnecessary legal costs, but where damage does occur, it can justify a claim for rectification or reparation.
In Melbourne, a dilapidation report carried out by Casey building inspections can sometimes inform the owner of potential structural faults or problems in an existing building that they may not have been aware of. This knowledge then prevents any inappropriate blaming of the builder of the adjacent property, and avoids both bad feeling and inappropriate litigation.
What is included in the report
Dilapidation reports typically include things like notes, measurements, photographs and diagrams, usually signed by the owner of the property being inspected, and the party undertaking the works. The dilapidation report documents the cracks or other damage to an existing building, and the construction material used, not only in the structure(s) on the property, but also in the driveways and footpaths. Other features on the property surrounding it are documented. Included in the dilapidation report are both major and minor faults like loose roof tiles, or minor ceiling cracks.
Once the construction work has been completed, a final inspection is carried out, and any change or damage to the existing building is recorded. Appropriate steps can then be taken for remediation of any damage, now that the dilapidation report clearly demonstrates the ‘before and after’ case.
Who orders a dilapidation report?
Usually the contractor carrying out the new construction work is the one who orders the dilapidation report, for submission with their Notice of Commencement to Council. The dilapidation report is often a condition of the contract, as required by Council, Melbourne Water or in the case of demolition, an insurance company. However anyone can order a separate dilapidation report for their own peace of mind.
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