Heavy machinery and equipment are what building and demolition works require which sometimes involve grave changes to the site it is being carried on. To name some of these said works are the removal of existing slabs or footings, trees, and soil. Sometimes, existing structures are required to be knocked down.
Let’s say you are able to manage such works that we’ve mentioned, however, there will always be potential damages to nearby infrastructure or adjacent or adjoining houses. This is why special reports are arranged for the protection of adjoining properties.
Dilapidation report is defined as…
A report which records any damage found as well as the current state of any specific aspects of the property that are susceptible to be affected by works of construction, demolition and excavation. Simply, it is a report describing the condition of a property given a point in time.
Such reports are usually carried out on properties not far off before the work is commenced, and after the work is already finished.
What do dilapidation reports include?
Normally, a dilapidation report is carried out by building consultants who have the experience and the understanding towards numerous aspects of a property that is likely to be affected by works that are just close by. Such reports include measurements, notes, diagrams, and photographs which provide an accurate idea of the buildings’ current state once inspected and then are signed by both the party doing the construction and the owner of the property being inspected.
So, is there a need for dilapidation reports?
Actually, it all depends on where your building is located relative to the other buildings in the area that the authorities will require you. It is for the purpose of protecting yourself against litigation if ever your neighbours claim that your works of construction or demolition have caused damages to their properties.
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