What is a dilapidation report and what is it for?

A dilapidation report- whether for a residential, commercial, or industrial construction project – is a document for future reference that contains a photographic record of the existing condition of a building and its surroundings before construction takes place. It is a legal record and can be used by the builder as a reference in court to prove whether or not a building defect existed prior to the commencement of construction.

Why spend money on commercial dilapidation services?

Over the years’ dilapidation services have become a crucial part of every building and construction project in Australia – be it industrial, commercial or residential. Whenever there are existing structures within close proximity to the construction area, commercial dilapidation reports have proven beneficial to business owners.

If you are responsible for a construction project, you will have peace of mind knowing that any pre-existing damage – within the construction site itself and in nearby properties – is recorded in detail.

But most importantly, builders who use commercial dilapidation services are saving time and money in the long-term. Engaging a dilapidation services company prior to construction provides protection against disputes and possible litigation due to false damage claims by the owners of neighbouring properties.

The benefits of industrial dilapidation services

When it comes to the industrial sector – which typically includes food processing plants, manufacturing companies, metal processing, high tech, pulp and paper factories, electric, and water systems – there is no question of the need for dilapidation services. Since the scope of most industrial works are usually much larger than the average project, dilapidation reports are a vital tool in ensuring the nearby population and infrastructures are protected in the event of unexpected damages.

Industrial dilapidation reports are also useful when it comes to identification of pre-existing damage within the project site that may be subject to repairs. Planning for necessary ground repairs is easier and more cost-effective when the defects are located before construction begins.

Specific areas where dilapidation reports are frequently used include:

  • Roadworks and highway construction where existing buildings may be subject to vibrations or impacts that can compromise structural integrity.
  • CBD projects that involve heavy construction work and frequent deep excavations extending to nearby allotment boundaries, which can affect the structural soundness of buildings in close proximity.
  • Tenancy buildings- including shops, factories, and warehouses- where the tenants are responsible for deterioration in the condition of the property they are leasing. In these circumstances dilapidation reports should be obtained to prevent a tenant from suing the builder or repair company for damages that were previously there.
  • Demolitions are known to cause superficial damage to nearby premises, especially when explosives are involved. A dilapidation report is a great tool to protect both the construction company against false claims and property owners against any damage incurred.

Australian Dilapidations provides a comprehensive photographic record of the condition of the relevant property prior to the commencement of construction, during construction, and upon completion of the project as required. Our professional services can be provided within days of acceptance of your free quote and dilapidation reports are generally delivered within 48 hours of the property inspection.