Building and demolition work normally requires the use of heavy machinery and equipment, and sometimes involves some serious changes to the site it’s being carried out on. This can include the demolition of buildings, excavation of large volumes of soil, removing existing slabs/footings and possibly mature trees. Sometimes it also involves knocking down parts of an existing structure. Even when carefully managed, this sort of work has the potential to cause damage to adjacent houses.
A dilapidation report is a report on the condition of a property at a given point in time. It records any existing damage, and the state of any particular aspects of the property that are likely to be affected by construction work, excavation, or demolition.
These reports are normally carried out on nearby properties both before work begins, and again after it’s finished. Comparing the two reports offers a clear picture of any damage that might have occurred as a result of building, excavation, or demolition work.
As registered builders, we know exactly what areas of a property that are likely to be affected by nearby works. Dilapidation reports typically include things like notes, measurements, photographs and diagrams which give an accurate picture of the state of the buildings being inspected. It is normally signed by both the owner of the property being inspected, and the party having construction work done.
Dilapidation reports can help protect you against litigation if neighbours claim that your construction or demolition work has damaged their homes.