Building Dilapidation Surveys
Home building is not a tender task. Demolition, digging, hammering, transportation of heavy building materials and other rough tasks can cause structural damage to the surrounding residences. Leaks and other unexpected occurrences during construction can also do harm to nearby homes. The problem is rare, but it does happen on occasion.
By conducting a Residential Building Dilapidation Report before the start of construction on your home, which includes detailed notes and photos of the surrounding properties, followed by another report directly after your home building project has been completed, you will be covered in the unfortunate event that a neighbour wishes to seek compensation for structural damage to their property that they claim was caused by your construction project. With this critical evidence, insurance inspectors will be able to tell whether or not building your home caused the damage to nearby properties.
What Work is Required for a Dilapidation Report?
As previously mentioned, dilapidation reports will be performed a total of two times - once before the construction work begins on your home, and once after the project has been completed. The initial inspection is done to complete the pre-construction dilapidation report, which documents the condition of the surrounding buildings prior to commencing your project. The post-construction dilapidation report documents the condition of the same buildings when construction on your house is being finalised.
Both reports can then be compared side-by-side should any compensation claim be made by neighbouring homeowners to see if there are any differences in the appearance of their properties. Carrying out a dilapidation inspection will put your mind at ease and can prevent any disputes during the building process.
Damages Covered Under Dilapidation Reports
There are many types of damages to neighbouring homes covered under a dilapidation report, and they include:
- Minor and major cracks in both external walls and internal walls
- Cracks in the ceiling or internal support structures
- Roofing faults or damage
- Windows and frames checked for cracks
- Damage to fencing
- Damage to garages or storage sheds
- Degradation of structural foundations
Any faults, damage or cracks identified during the dilapidation inspections before or after construction are clearly identified and recorded using descriptive language and photography.
Trust BSP Construction Consultants
BSP has complete professional indemnity insurance. Our dilapidation reports are always done carefully and professionally by experienced inspectors so that accuracy is never an issue. We are one of the most experienced building inspection companies in Western Australia, inspecting over 3,000 buildings per year.
Building your new home should be a time of happiness and joy, not a time to worry about what could possibly go wrong.
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