Dilapidation Inspection for Commercial Properties

The word dilapidation is somewhat confusing when it comes to Dilapidation Inspections. A dilapidation inspection is a report on the condition of a property at a given point in time. Sometimes referred to as property condition inspections or pre-existing condition surveys.

It is becoming more common practice for Councils to request any party proposing construction works to have dilapidation inspections carried out on adjoining or nearby properties and public assets. Proposed projects can include construction, renovation or development of a commercial property or you may be undertaking a civil works program.

The reason behind this is because construction work, be it vibrations from demolition, excavation, heavy truck traffic or general building works can potentially affect the condition of neighbouring infrastructure. Damage can occur to surrounding buildings and associated assets such as structural walls, retaining walls, fences, driveways, garages, footpaths, kerbing and roads.

Dilapidation inspections are carried out prior to any works commencing to independently detail the current condition and all pre-existing defects on the relevant infrastructure that has the potential to be damaged during the construction works.

Dilapidation reports greatly assist land owners and contractors who are performing construction works from fraudulent claims and compensation for, what were, pre-existing defects.

Houspect is available to carry out dilapidation inspections providing professional and expert reports for commercial companies in South Australia.

What Does the Report Provide?

A Houspect Dilapidation Inspection is carried out by one of our qualified building inspectors who will accurately and comprehensively inspect and report on all pre-existing defects, such as cracks or subsidence. Our reports are an independent, professional document completed in accordance with Australian Standards.

The dilapidation report will contain photos of any notable items to provide proof of existence prior to the commencement of the proposed construction work.

It is important to remember that if a problem does arise due to the building works a dilapidation report can help resolve disputes between residential/commercial property owners and building/construction companies.

About the Houspect Building Inspector

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

What Does Our Commercial Dilapidation Inspection Cover?

Our dilapidation inspection covers a number of essential areas in neighbouring properties that could be negatively impacted by any nearby 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 is reported.

For more information or to book a commercial dilapidation inspection in SA, call Houspect on 08 8344 2590, email us at info.nswsa@houspect.com.au or complete our online enquiry form.

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