Dilapidation

It is common practice for contractors to complete a Dilapidation Report prior to commencing construction near existing buildings. In fact, it is considered necessary that before any new works commence, a detailed Dilapidation Report is undertaken to all surrounding areas of the project. A Dilapidation Report will look at the existing condition of the area around the construction site before works commence. Items that are inspected and included within Dilapidation Reports include, but are not limited to, existing surfaces, structures, buildings and aesthetic appearance of surrounding areas.

The purpose of the Dilapidation Report is to identify any prominent defects such as cracks, damage, chips, change in levels, and any distortion or subsidence in the surrounding structures. These defects are photographed and noted within the report. Once construction works are completed it is then far easier to establish if any defects or damage has occurred to surrounding structures due to the construction works. A Dilapidation Report can assist in ensuring defects or damage is not disputed at the end of projects. Building Owners, Developers, Stakeholders and Contractors can benefit from a Dilapidation Report as it protects parties from false claims relating to damage being caused by construction works.

Defects

At the end of a construction project or at key milestone dates within a construction programme, defect inspections are carried out by a suitably qualified professional. The purpose of a defect inspection is to identify the standard and quality of work completed by the Contractor and whether this work is in accordance with the contract documents. LEAD Consultants carries out defect inspections efficiently and to a professional standard whilst delivering within a specified timeframe. A defect inspection is considered a visual inspection and assessment of the condition of the finished product.

A detailed defect inspection will review and assess areas of non-compliance with the Building Code of Australia, various Australian Standards and published acceptable tolerances and standards. We suggest that an independent defect inspection and assessment of completed works provides a fair and unbiased opinion on the quality of works completed. LEAD Consultants utilises defect software that allows a defect to be listed simultaneously and logged in a report that can be issued to the Contractor for rectification purposes immediately. These reports save the Developer having to complete defect inspections themselves and also allows the Contractor to send the defect report directly to their Subcontractors. Overall it allows the Developer and Contractor to move through the defect process efficiently, saving both parties time and cost.