Melbourne is a growing modern city and constantly experiences construction, demolition, excavation, and removal of ground. These processes usually involve the use of heavy machinery and major changes to the existing structures, trees, and soil. Such large changes can cause damage to houses or other structures in the surrounding area.
As the owner of a home or commercial property in the vicinity of such building sites, or if you are planning a construction project on your property, you should make sure that you know the current condition of the property in detail as well as any potential risks.
What is a Dilapidation Report?
To document the condition of a property before starting a building project, a contractor or property owner would request a dilapidation report. These reports are conducted by a third party, who is usually an independent, registered building contractor.
The report consists of two stages. Firstly, the state of the building or property is assessed and documented prior to the commencement of any development operations. Secondly, after completion of the project, the dilapidation report will determine the impact, if any, of the construction on the surrounding area.
The purpose of the dilapidation report process as above is to protect you as the property owner or the contractor and any other parties from potential disputes related to damage sustained as a result of building works. An accurate report, therefore, will reflect the condition of your property both before and after major construction in the nearby area, indicating whether it could have caused any damage. The dilapidation report, as you can see, is crucial to have in case of any disputes.
What Factors are Considered in the Dilapidation Report?
Our independent building inspectors have years of experience in documenting the condition and integrity of properties in Melbourne before and after any kind of construction. The report would include photographs and diagrams, documentation, measurements, and notes depicting the exact state of the inspected buildings or property. Items included in the dilapidation report could be cracks in floors, walls, and ceilings both internally and externally. It would consider fences and retaining walls, roofing, and roadways, amongst others.
Is it a Requirement for Building?
As explained, a thorough dilapidation report could protect you against litigation, claiming that your construction or demolition work has caused damage to homes in your neighbourhood. It may not be a legal requirement but certainly makes logical sense. Even if a project is extremely well managed, there’s always the potential for unintended damage.
You could check with the local building authority in Melbourne or your contractor, whether it is a necessary requirement, or contact Focal Point for further information. We guarantee prompt, efficient service and highly detailed reports within 24 hours of the inspection.