Demolition, excavation or construction can impact on adjacent properties and the surrounding neighbourhood both directly and indirectly. As a property developer or builder, the onus is on you to perform your due diligence by planning for and managing the risk of any possible damage or impacts on neighbouring properties. These areas can extend to include public assets such as footpaths, crossovers, kerbs, etc.
Your Obligations as a Builder or Developer
When building on any site the builder has an obligation by law, to ensure that any building work does not impede or compromise adjacent or neighbouring properties. Such work must comply with Victorian Building Standards. Failing to build to code can cause damage to adjacent properties.
Whether you are planning the build of a single dwelling or coordinating a major infrastructure project, you can contain your risk factors by having Dilapidation Inspections & Reports carried out prior to and post any works. Reduce your risks by having an independent Dilapidation Inspection conducted on neighbouring properties and public assets before you start work on your next project. This Report can then be used to determine whether or not the neighbouring building’s status has changed in any way in the interim.
Houspect offers high quality, professional Dilapidation Inspections, providing you with a carefully documented written Report, so your project can get underway promptly. This comprehensive Report, in conjunction with photographs, can be used for comparison in case any damage is then claimed by owners of the neighbouring properties. Such a report is vitally important for any party wishing to protect their interests in the event of an alleged damage occurrence, and will assist in dispute resolution if they occur.
Qualified Builders as Inspectors
Houspect provides independent and impartial service, because our inspectors are registered, qualified builders with many years of experience. Having a trained eye, they will know what to look for and will give you a professional description of the locations and dimensions of any cracks or gaps, etc. Engaging a qualified builder will provide you with greater reassurance that the inspection is carried out with familiarity and working knowledge of the Victoria Building codes.
Dilapidation Inspections for Property Owners planning on building
Ordering a Dilapidation Inspection & Report is also useful for current private property owners undertaking renovations, extensions or new builds in existing suburbs, in order to protect themselves against litigation, and ensure neighbourly relations are maintained during demolition or construction works. The Dilapidation Report is then kept as a record against any future complaints arising, when it will assist with resolving such issues.
Contact Houspect to discuss all your inspection needs with reports provided usually within 24 hours