The below examples show just some of the sites and situations we come across on a regular basis. Key points are highlighted to show you just how important a dilapidation report is.
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Documents the property condition prior to commencement of work.
Terrace Housing, Paddington
With older buildings there can be multiple issues regarding settlement including impacts to adjoining buildings that are not obvious to an owner, particularly in those areas that are not accessible easily. Unless the issues are adequately documented, then there could be a claim that the cracks or damaged has occurred because of the building works.
Cracks were in existence at the time of the report to the adjoining property wall, without a Dilapidation report you would have no proof that the cracks were pre existing and construction activity could have been liable for the outcomes and rectification.
Part of the ceiling was collapsed and cracked in the adjoining building; without a documented report this damage could have been attributed to the building works that were to take place next door.
Council assets normally form part of the dilapidation report. It is important to document the condition of the road, gutters, driveways and footpaths prior to any work being undertaking on your property or by your neighbours.
Council require that all council asset areas be documented so that if any further damage occurs, it is then clear that it was as a result of the building works.
Apartment Block, Newcastle
When building next to a unit building it is important to document the current condition so that there are no claims for subsidence of the adjoining building or impact on the structure.
This building already had significant settlement. It was important to document the degree of settlement prior to any works and excavations on the adjoining property.
Our reports document all issues where it could be claimed that the damage was as a result of vibration or impact on an existing structure from adjoining building works.
When building works are proposed next to an existing building, then a dilapidation report is essential. Our dilapidation report is based on the current 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.
Within this property significant cracks to the building were already evident. The Developers of the adjoining property took the precaution of requesting a Dilapidation Report for the adjoining properties and Council Assets before construction began, mitigating any risk that the construction was the cause of the issues.
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Dilapidation Reports Consultants have been conducting building inspections of all kinds since 1988. With over three decades of experience and thousands of buildings inspected, you can rest assured they know what and where to look for problems.
Dilapidation Reports, as a division of David Hall Building Appraisals Pty. Ltd., is suitably qualified to carry out your dilapidation report in the greater Sydney area, Blue Mountains, Newcastle and surrounds, and down to Wollongong.
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