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Dilapidation Reports for Builders

For anyone working in the construction industry, the Australian government has issued strict rules and pieces of legislation to ensure that any work that they carry out is both insured and authorised. Protecting yourself as a builder should be a priority and even when projects appear to be successful, there are always clauses that can come back to haunt a contractor that didn’t cover themselves from litigation.

A great way to protect oneself is with a real-time report that takes place before a project starts and then again afterwards. Dilapidation reports can bring a range of benefits to the table – but why might you need one and are they really worth the investment for every new project that you undertake?

Why might you need to invest in a dilapidation report?

The first thing that you need to know about this type of report is that it’s widely accepted as an official record that demonstrates the condition of a home (or a part of it) before any work is carried out. The reports are intended to provide evidence relating to the structural integrity of a property, as well as its foundations, its landscape and its structure in general.

Dozens of builders in Melbourne find themselves the subject of litigation proceedings due to damages that have occurred either before, during, or after a construction project – and having access to a formal record of the condition of a property can go a long way in offering defense. The purpose of this type of report is to evaluate the condition of a home before construction, but that’s not the only time that it can be used.

When else is it useful?

After a construction project has been completed, many contractors choose to invest in a further report, simply to provide a snapshot on the condition of the property before and after. If all went well, the reports should match almost in their entirety – although a tiny bit of leeway is given when any work is done.

With that being said, if it becomes apparent that the work carried out took a major toll on the property or one nearby or attached, then the contractor may be liable. In any event, being able to demonstrate that all work carried out was done as efficiently as possible is something that only a dilapidation report will be able to offer information on.

And there have been times when neighbours may have chosen to blame a previous issue on a new project and unless the contractor can prove that the issue was pre-existing, then they may find themselves being held accountable for the problems and as a result – financially liable for the reparations.