You may have heard the term before or possibly confused them with regular building inspections, but dilapidation reports vary from those pre-purchase inspections you hear so much about. So what are dilapidation reports? What details does it include and when exactly should you get one?
Think of it like a before and after
Dilapidation reports are a record of the condition of the property at time of the inspection. The current condition is recorded after a site visit, which takes a look at current damage and any aspects of the property that may be affected by nearby construction or demolition projects.
A report includes a written assessment along with photographs and will look at a range of areas, including:
These inspections are carried out by experienced building consultants who have a great understanding of the type of damage that may occur during large projects. Essentially, the aim is to give you a before and after view to see if damage has occurred.
When you should get one
To put simply, this type of inspection is important for anyone looking for further peace of mind. There are two instances where you may enquire about dilapidation reports.
You are aware of demolition or construction projects that are taking place near your property and need evidence if any future damage occurs to your home as a result.
Your property is likely the biggest investment you have ever made, so you’ll want to do all you can to protect it. If the council or a neighbour is planning a construction project, it’s a good idea to get a dilapidation report before they commence. If their work impacts your property in any way, such as damage to fences or cracks in walls, you’ll be able to make a claim to be reimbursed. The dilapidation report will provide clear evidence for you to plead your case.
You are about to start major construction work on your own property and need to assess nearby properties.
Conversely, if you are planning a construction, excavation or demolition, it is a good idea to get a dilapidation report on the properties around you. The small cost for these inspections will be well worth it in order to avoid costly disputes in future from neighbours claiming your work has caused significant damage to their property. The report is usually signed by the owner and by yourself to show both parties agree to the accuracy and the undertaking of the report.
During the project or upon completion, it’s a good idea to get a second report to show the changes, (if any) that have occurred as a result. Keeping clear and consistent records will help you protect your investment or business from exorbitant costs.