Why You Need A Dilapidation Building Report Before You Extend Or Renovate Your Home

Are you planning to extend or renovate your property?

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Before you start work on any home extensions or renovations, it is important to consult with your neighbours first and get a Dilapidation Building Inspection And Inspection Report.

What is a Dilapidation Building Inspection And Inspection Report?

A Dilapidation Building Report is a written report that records the current condition of the properties surrounding the proposed construction site.

Why it’s essential to get a Dilapidation Building Inspection and Report

Building construction can affect your neighbouring property or your local council grounds and buildings. If your neighbours suspect your building activities have affected or damaged their property, you may have to deal with a long and expensive dispute unless prior damage is detailed in the Dilapidation Building Report.  

How your renovations and extensions can impact your neighbours

  1. Demolition / Drilling or Boring – Construction works can trigger vibrations that may affect the structures and foundations of properties nearby.
  2. Existing Damage – If there are existing wall cracks in your neighbour’s property, ongoing construction could cause structural failure.
  3. Soil Removal / Excavation –  Soil removal or excavation can upset tree root systems and potentially weaken land stability.

Advantages of a Dilapidation Building Report for you and your neighbours

Whether you are a property owner who plans to renovate or someone who is concerned about ongoing nearby construction, you can benefit from a Dilapidation Building Inspection.

  • A dilapidation report is useful in discouraging false claims by neighbouring property owners against you for damage due to building works.
  • The report should be signed and agreed by both parties before building work begins to ensure no issues during and after construction.
  • A dilapidation report will detail all the defects. Any existing damage is noted and necessary repairs will be carried out after the works are finished.
  • The inspector will report on all nearby council assets including roads, footpaths, gardens and grounds.

To ensure a harmonious relationship with your neighbours, get a Dilapidation Building Report and Inspection before you start extensions or renovations. Call Paul Cavallo 0419 868 008

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