Why are building dilapidation reports essential
Our experienced Building Inspectors will identify all the pre-existing defects, which could save you thousands in repair costs.
Construction work requires the use of heavy machinery and equipment. It goes as far as changing its surrounding area drastically to suit construction needs. This work includes, but are not limited to, excavation of deep soil, precast pile installation, sheet-piling, and demolition of an existing structure.
But despite how carefully managed construction is, it still has the potential to cause damages to adjacent buildings. So in order to avoid disputes between building owners and developers, you may want to record the actual state of adjacent buildings prior to construction work. And this is when a building dilapidation report comes to save the day.
What is a Building Dilapidation Report
A building dilapidation report is a report used to mediate between building owners and developers regarding building damages that may have occurred during construction work. It offers a way of finding out whether there are indeed damages caused by construction works. In this report, it records all existing damages and the overall status of the building that are likely to be affected by construction works.
This report is then disseminated to all parties involved to inform them about the current status of the building. Once the project is completed, a final building dilapidation report is carried out. And by comparing these two reports is when we get a clear picture of any damages that might have occurred as a result of construction works.
Who Conducts a Building Dilapidation Report
With so much at stake from both parties, from cost implications to additional works, they might be enticed to do underhand techniques to sate personal interests or tamper reports to serve unfair bias. For these reasons, a third-party, independent contractor should be the one to conduct a comprehensive building dilapidation report.
These third-party contractors have usually experienced building consultants, who ideally, have a firm grasp of all the aspects of a building that are prone to damage as a result of nearby vibrations and impacts.
What are the stages of a dilapidation report
Our Professional Building Inspectors will identify and list all the pre-existing defects in the report, with the location and photos.
We finalise the report and send it to our client for distribution.
Our Client distributes the report to all the required parties. Once all parties accept the receipt of the report, construction can begin (Local Authority Permitting).
Once all construction (including cleaning) is complete, our Building Inspectors will conduct the final inspection. We will report on the current condition and advise if there are any new defective conditions.
4 reasons why a dilapidation report is important
Reasons Why Getting a Building Dilapidation Report in Sydney is Essential
Though this line of work isn’t particularly enticing to some as it is prone to threats or bribery, it is nonetheless an essential part of a project success especially if you’re a building contractor or developer. So here are some reasons why you should get one.
1. It can provide evidence to counter malicious claims and actions.
Since all contractors or developers are all to blame from “alleged” incurred damages as a result of construction works, some opportunistic building owners can try to freeload their way into getting free repair sessions. They can easily make the contractor or developers liable because they don’t have any evidence that says otherwise.
Having a building dilapidation report prior to construction works and having all parties acknowledge, the report can save you from fraudulent claims from such people.
2. It provides a clear picture of the overall status of the building.
By thoroughly assessing the adjacent buildings’ overall status, complete with detailed photos, videos, and written content, this report can also be used as a reference to design a work-flow construction program that minimises vibration, movement, impact or any potential damaging-activity to adjacent buildings.
3. It can save you a lot of money.
Since you’re prone to malicious damage claims, you’re not obliged to spend a single penny on every claim made by opportunistic building owners.
4. It creates a strong relationship between parties.
If surrounding building owners know and understand that the report’s purpose is to protect them and that the contractor is taking the initiative to conduct these reports by a third-party contractor and pay for it, the building owners are immediately at ease. This results to trust and strong bonds between both parties.