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Residential Dilapidation Inspections

Houspect provides professional Dilapidation Inspections and reports for property owners in the Northern Territory.

A dilapidation inspection is intended to protect residential home owners from any adverse effects or structural damage caused to their properties by nearby construction. New construction works typically include new home builds and renovations, as well as roadway, water, sewer and other government infrastructure upgrades and road works.

Demolition, excavation or construction work can all potentially cause building defects in nearby residential homes. For example, damage can be caused to fences, structural walls, paving, concrete driveways and landscaping, all of which can be caused by digging and excavation, heavy equipment, soil erosion or other impacts.

Without clear evidence that the damage to your property did not exist prior to the construction work commencing, you might have no independent expert proof that damage has occurred during this time.

This is why a dilapidation inspection by a qualified and experienced building inspector is an important safeguard when construction is occurring close to your property.

What Does the Report Provide?

A Houspect Dilapidation Inspection report is a comprehensive and independent document completed in accordance with Australian Standards.

Our qualified building inspectors will document and photograph the current condition of your property and any existing building defects, such as cracks, gaps or subsidence to your property.

The dilapidation inspection will show any existing building defects prior to the commencement of nearby building or infrastructure works.

It is also important to remember that if a problem arises, a dilapidation report can help resolve disputes between residential property owners and building/construction companies.

Your report also contains a glossary of technical terms to help you understand the report.

About the Houspect Building Inspector

All Houspect Building Inspectors are licensed builders with many years’ experience in the industry. Our inspectors will provide expert, independent and unbiased information on the condition of the property.

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What Does Our Dilapidation Inspection Cover?

Our dilapidation inspection covers a number of important areas in your property that could be negatively impacted by neighbouring construction works. These areas include:

  • Internal walls, cornices, ceilings, skirting boards, architraves and flooring are inspected for cracks or defects
  • External walls are examined for cracks, defects, structural movement or subsidence.
  • Existing damage, cracks and gaps to concrete driveways, paving, pool areas and retaining walls, as well as damage to fences.

For more information or to book a Dilapidation Inspection in NT, call Houspect on 1300 258 789, email us at or complete our online enquiry form