If you are concerned about the effect that neighbouring construction may have on your home, one solution is to get a dilapidation report. Here’s what you need to know.
A dilapidation report is an extremely comprehensive report that is carried out on a building before work is done on a nearby structure. The report takes note of the condition of the building before the work is done, so that if any damage to the building occurs, the building owner can prove that it occurred as a result of the construction carried out. The building owner gets a copy of the report as well as the person doing construction nearby to the building. That way, there are no disputes about any damage that may occur. Another report is undertaken once the works are completed to document changes to the building, if any.
Examples of when you would get a dilapidation report include if a large hole is being dug on a neighbouring property, if Water Board pipes are being laid, if road works are being carried out, if tunnels are being built, if a retaining wall is altered, and so forth.
A dilapidation report is filled out by a specially trained building consultant. As well, you should make sure that the consultant is licensed and insured where appropriate. The consultant should provide a detailed report that covers all accessible areas of the building as well as clear photographs.
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