Building and demolition work normally requires the use of a lot of heavy machinery and equipment, and sometimes involves some serious changes to the site it’s being carried out on. This can include the removal of a lot of soil, existing slabs or footings and possibly trees. Sometimes it also involves knocking down parts of an existing structure.

Even if it’s carefully managed, this sort of work has the potential to cause damage to adjoining or adjacent houses or other nearby infrastructure.

A dilapidation report is a report on the condition of a property at a given point in time. It records any existing damage, and the state of any particular aspects of the property that are likely to be affected by construction work, excavation or demolition.

These reports are carried out on neighbouring properties both before work begins, and after it’s finished. Comparing the two reports offers a clear picture of any damage that might have occurred as a result of building, excavation or demolition work.