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What is a Dilapidation Report?
A Dilapidation Report is designed to provide property owners and members of the construction industry with protection around damage claims relating to substantial building works.
Essentially, if you’re a builder or property developer planning to start construction work on a large-scale project, you’ll want to seriously consider organising Dilapidation Reports to be compiled for any neighbouring properties that may be adversely impacted.
Equally, if you’re a property owner and major construction works are planned in close proximity to your property, you’ll definitely want to consider doing the same.
Our expert SLN Consulting team members will visit the properties in question and conduct a thorough inspection of all internal and external areas. The aim is to capture an accurate, up-to-the-minute snapshot of the state of that property at a particular moment in time. We’ll identify all existing damage including signs of movement, separation, cracking and leaning. An extensive report will then be developed outlining the existence and extent of all such defects.
Why is it important?
A Dilapidation Report acts as a record of the condition of any residential or commercial property, with a view to limiting potential issues in the future for both property owners and members of the construction industry.
If significant construction works are taking place close to your property, the associated vibrations, from heavy vehicles potentially driving past, all have the potential to cause new defects or make existing ones worse.
Having a Dilapidation Report that provides proof of the condition of a property prior to the commencement of any local building works will place owners in a stronger position to claim compensation for any resulting damage. It can also work in favour of the builder or property developer, by protecting them from any false claims made relating to pre-existing issues in neighbouring properties that were not a consequence of their construction work. By conducting a secondary report once the works have been completed, it becomes easy to demonstrate whether any additional damage has been caused by the construction activities in question.
The report arms both property owners and members of the construction industry with evidence that will help in the event of making a damage claim, or a damage claim being made against you.
Dilapidation Reports can also provide the construction industry with a useful way to strengthen their risk management practices and build positive neighbourhood relations in the area. By employing the professional services or a company like SLN Consulting, you will be effectively reassuring nearby property owners that you are taking all your responsibilities seriously.
What does a Dilapidation Report Include?
For both residential and commercial properties, a Dilapidation Report will provide an exhaustive account of the condition of the property at a specific point in time.
To enable this, our people will conduct a series of thorough on-site inspections covering all internal and external areas of the property, in minute detail. During this process, we’ll also gather the necessary photographic evidence relating to the defects identified, to strengthen the report.
During these inspections we will be on the lookout for existing issues like cracking, movement, seperation, leaning, water damage, subsidence, and the presence of dust and debris.
A comprehensive inspection report will then be compiled to carefully and accurately document all findings. The report will typically use a combination of notes, diagrams, measurements and photographs to outline all defects currently present at the property, and the severity of those defects. A drawing of the property will also be developed, on which all defects will be identified, mapped and numbered.
A follow up inspection can then be conducted once the construction work has been completed, to check for any changes to the previously identified, existing defects, or whether any new defects have been caused since the commencement of construction.
Who should get a Dilapidation Report?
If you are a builder or property developer planning to start large-scale construction works, you will want to seriously consider organising Dilapidation Reports for any neighbouring properties that have the potential to be adversely impacted by your building works. This will protect you from any false claims relating to pre-existing issues in neighbouring properties.
If you are a property owner and know major construction works are planned in close proximity to your property, you will also want to consider organising a Dilapidation Report. This will provide you with the legal proof needed regarding the state of your property prior to the commencement of the nearby building works. Having access to this kind of information will place you in the best position to claim compensation for any resulting damage.
Sometimes even a buyer can benefit from a Dilapidation Report, because it can help them to negotiate the rectifying of any defects, or even a price reduction on the property they are looking to purchase.
How much does a Dilapidation Report typically cost?
The actual cost of your dilapidation report varies depending on a number of factors relating to the specific circumstances of the property, such as its size and layout. Residential properties tend to be smaller than commercial ones, and often have less defects, meaning these reports tend to be cheaper.
In the first instance, we’ll ask you to give us some detail about the property being inspected, and we’ll be able to provide an initial quote based on that.
And it’s worth keeping in mind that spending a few thousand dollars isn’t really that much, once you’re considered the potential costs involved with repairing damage to your property that you can’t prove somebody else is responsible for, or fighting false claims made against you.
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Common risks to be aware of
There are many risks associated with major building works, both for nearby property owners and the construction body in charge of the works.
If significant construction works are taking place close to other properties, the associated vibrations plus the number of heavy vehicles driving past neighbouring properties have the potential to cause new defaults or create existing ones worse. Significant construction works can result in cracking, water damage, subsidence, and the presence of dust and debris in nearby buildings.
Without a Dilapidation Report, nearby property owners risk having claims for compensation disputed relating to damage caused by building works in their vicinity. Meanwhile, construction bodies leave themselves wide open to false claims relating to damage that existed in neighbouring properties before their work commenced. Disputing responsibility on either side can be a time-consuming, stressful and costly process, without access to the evidence gathered via a Dilapidation Report.
After a Dilapidation Report is compiled before the work commences, a secondary report can then be conducted upon completion to easily demonstrate whether any additional damage was indeed caused by the building works in question. This will help solve any disputes over who can be held responsible for the damage.
Essentially, a Dilapidation Report provides vital evidence that will help reach a swift and in-expensive conclusion about who is responsible for what, and where legitimate damage claims exist.
If you are a building owner and know that major construction works are planned in close proximity to your property, you will want to give serious consideration to commissioning a Dilapidation Report for your property. That way, if you do ultimately find yourself in a position where you need to make a claim against the construction body in charge of the works because they have resulted in damage to your property, the report provides required evidence.
This evidence thoroughly covers the condition of your property prior to the commencement of the nearby building works, and the condition it was found to be in once the work was completed. Having access to this kind of information will help justify your claim and places you in the strongest position to be granted compensation for any resulting damage.
Avoid Unnecessary Disputes
If you’re planning extensive construction works, you’ll want to make sure you’re taking all the necessary steps to best-guarantee you won’t end up being found liable for any damage to surrounding buildings and infrastructure that were not in fact a consequence of your activities.
By organising a Dilapidation Report to take a snapshot of the current condition of all nearby properties deemed to have the potential to be impacted by your work, you’ll be protecting yourself against any false and unfair third party damage claims.
For any large and medium scale residential, commercial and industrial developments which could be seen to impact on adjoining sites and assets, our people will take all the necessary steps to safeguard you against unfair claims in the future.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How does your process work?
SLN Consulting offers an entire suite of structural engineering services. Whether it’s a new build or renovation, the process will usually begin once you have received preliminary drawings from your architect. To ensure you are successful in receiving your building permit, we will then review these drawings and develop the structural designs that will bring them to life.
Initially, we’ll sit down with you to run through all requirements and take the necessary time to understand your objectives, before working to develop the most appropriate and cost-effective solution. From here, we’ll develop a quote outlining all elements and associated fees. Importantly, we don’t take any payment until the job has been completed, and all necessary permits have been issued.
Once you have approved your quote, we’ll work with you to gather all the necessary information to get the job done. Our fully-accredited and highly-experienced engineers will then work to complete your technical plans, and ultimately issue a Form 15 Certificate (Design), which is your official confirmation that this element has been completed in accordance with all relevant Australian standards and guidelines.
Following your structural drawings being completed and your Form 15 having been issued, we’ll remain on-hand to conduct ongoing inspections throughout the construction process, so you can rest assured that all requirements are being met. Our involvement here allows us to issue a Form 16 Certificate (Construction) upon completion, confirming all structural plans were adhered to correctly.
Why should we work with SLN?
SLN Consulting has more than two decades of experience in the industry. Over the past 20 years we have developed a solid reputation as the go-to experts when it comes to developing effective structural designs, construction inspections and building investigatory work. We are renowned for our dependability, attention-to-detail, exemplary communication skills and commitment to offering the highest levels of customer service.
We care passionately about our client’s goals and remain committed to taking the time to fully understand exactly what they want to achieve. There is a unique sense of collaboration that runs through everything we do. We keep clients informed at every stage throughout the process, continually inviting feedback to ensure we get everything absolutely right.
We provide an end-to-end service, staying involved in the projects we work on until the process has been successfully completed. Beyond the development of the structural designs, we continue to work with clients to conduct inspections at various points, and make any necessary adjustments in-line with all the relevant standards.
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What is the difference between an architect and structural engineer?
Architects and structural engineers are each responsible for planning the design of a building. Both have the same endgame, i.e. a well-structured building. However, the focus they take during the development process is markedly different. While architects tend to be more concerned with how a building looks based on a client brief, structural engineers focus on how it will be built from a technical and structural perspective, including material selection and how those materials should be used to guarantee a robust finish. Essentially, your structural engineer is responsible for ensuring the design is safe and meets all appropriate building codes and standards.
What does a structural engineering look for in a building?
While your architect will design a building with aesthetics top-of-mind, your structural engineer will focus on ensuring it is constructed safely and will function as you need it to once completed. They achieve this by selecting materials, determining the structural elements of the design, and specifying all electrical, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and plumbing requirements.
Do you need a structural engineer to build a house?
The simple answer is yes. For the construction of any complex structure, you’ll need to ensure you have the right certification (i.e. a Form 15 Certificate), issued by an appropriate, accredited professional. For that reason, 95 per cent of building works require the input of a structural engineer to help ensure your vision is brought to life in the safest way possible.