Whether you’re an investor or property owner, preserving and protecting your property is of the utmost importance. After all, these are some of the most valuable assets that we all possess. If a local council or private financiers are undertaking some construction works in the close proximity of your property, documenting the state of your property prior to the beginning of those works is essential.
Building and demolition activities require heavy machinery and equipment, which can be used to conduct a series of tasks such as the removal of soil, trees, existing slabs or even building foundation.
These changes could potentially lead to some unpredicted and unpleasant damages on your property. In order to protect yourself financially, you will need something known as a Dilapidation Report.
In this article, we take you the ins and outs of a dilapidation report, including what they include, as well as their practical uses.
A dilapidation report, also known as a Condition Report, is an official document which provides a snapshot of property’s condition at a specific point in time. Its purpose is to serve as evidence of any damages that may have occurred as the result of a nearby construction site.
The report records any existing damage on a property, as well as any aspects of the property that are likely to be altered by the construction works. Importantly, a dilapidation report is accepted in the Court of Law.
Condition Reports are usually conveyed on properties located near new construction sites. They are created right before any works begin, and right after they are completed. If any damage occurs as a result of nearby construction works, then the report can be used to prove which damages occurred.
Created by experience building consultants, Dilapidation Reports contain notes, photos and diagrams. Together, all these elements paint as accurate a picture as possible, regarding the state of the property in questions.
In order to gather this information, a licensed building consultant will physically visit the location. Having a sound understanding of what kind of damage could occur to a property, the building consultant will provide a report which provides an accurate picture of the property. Both the property owner and the party with a nearby construction site should then sign off on the report.
In the case of residential house, for example, a Dilapidation Report may cover the following areas of a property:
People who may need a Condition Report usually fall into one of three groups, being:
If you require a Dilapidation Report then feel free to contact us at PBAQS. With over 20 years of experience as professional building consultants, our team is able to help protect you against damages that have resulted due to someone else’s actions.