Are you planning a major commercial construction project, either as a developer or property owner? If so, you know that there’s a wide array of arrangements which must be made long before you ever break ground on your new property. One of the most essential, commercial dilapidation reports, can also be one of the most confusing for new commercial property owners or developers. What is a commercial dilapidation report? Why do you need one before beginning work on your property? Understanding why you need the protection offered by a thorough dilapidation report is vital, whether you’re in the process of building your first property or your fifth.
Who Do Commercial Dilapidation Reports Benefit?
At first blush, obtaining an inspection for neighbouring properties can seem like an expense which only benefits surrounding owners. The truth is, you and your builder are the protected parties.
A commercial dilapidation report documents any and all existing defects to structures surrounding your new property before work begins. Since heavy equipment use and the process of building does have the potential to cause damage to those properties, you need proof of any existing defects prior to your construction activity. With a commercial dilapidation inspection report in hand, you’re better equipped to prove your lack of liability for previously existing structural damage in the event of a dispute with neighbouring property owners.
Who Conducts Commercial Dilapidation Inspections?
Your builder can handle a lot when it comes to the planning and execution of a new commercial construction project, but they can’t handle your commercial dilapidation inspections. These need to be conducted and relevant reports compiled by a third party inspector with no stake in the findings of the report.
Working with a professional building inspector means you never have to worry about a potential conflict of interest with the potential to come back and haunt you in the event of a dispute. The inspector will, as a matter of course, evaluate not only the most minor cracks in interior or exterior walls and floors, but also ceilings, retaining walls, masonry fences and roofing. By documenting thoroughly any cracks or other damage, you can prove beyond any doubt that your actions during the build are not responsible for those defects.
Don’t let your commercial construction project become a source of stress; protect yourself, your builder and your substantial investment by obtaining commercial dilapidation inspection reports from a reputable, professional building inspector. Not only will you be able to rest assured that you’re protected against being held wrongfully liable for damages; you can also establish neighbourly relationships. Contact a professional building inspection company today to learn more about commercial dilapidation reports, and to find out how you can protect yourself by obtaining them before it’s too late.
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