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 in and around Adelaide to request any party proposing construction works to have dilapidation inspections carried out on adjoining or nearby properties. Proposed projects can include new home builds and renovations, road works, government infrastructure upgrades and underground tunneling.
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 properties. Damage can occur to surrounding assets such as structural walls, retaining walls, fences, driveways, garages and the like.
Dilapidation inspections are carried out prior to any works commencing to independently detail the current condition and all pre-existing defects on the relevant buildings as requested by Council. 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 in South Australia are available to carry out dilapidation inspections providing professional and expert reports for property owners and building 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 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 expert, independent and unbiased information on the current condition of the property and surrounding assets
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 is reported.