The word dilapidation is somewhat confusing when it comes to Dilapidation Inspections. A dilapidation inspection is a report on the condition of a property or public assets 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 all council assets within close proximity to the proposed construction site. Proposed projects can include renovations or extensions to a residential or commercial property, or civil works and infrastructure constructions.
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 public assets such as retaining walls, fences, street furniture, 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 council assets that have the potential to be damaged during the construction works. This ensures that any damage to council assets occurring after the commencement of the construction can be identified.
Houspect is available to carry out dilapidation inspections providing professional and expert reports for property owners and commercial/construction 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 on the relevant council assets. 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.
These dilapidation reports can help avoid any long disputes over damages that may occur because of the construction work and help resolve potential complaints easily.
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 council assets
What Does Our Council Assets Dilapidation Inspection Cover?
Our Council Assets Dilapidation Inspection includes, but is not limited to the following:
- Road surfaces
- Nature strips
- Retaining walls