A dilapidation report is a report that describes the conditions of a property at any one given time. It is a record showing any existing damage, and the current state of the property. The advantage of this is that a written record allows a comparison of current state to future, allowing for damages caused in the future to be re-mediated if affected by construction, excavation or demolition work surrounding the property.
When to conduct a dilapidation report
These reports are carried out on nearby properties before building works begin, and on completion. These are done to offer a clear comparison of any damage that might have occurred as a result of building works.
Do I need a dilapidation report
The necessity of a dilapidation report comes down to the position of your property and where it is situated in relation to other buildings. Though in some areas you are not required to complete a dilapidation report for the work you're doing, a dilapidation report can help protect you against litigation if surrounding neighbors claim that you building works have caused damage to their property.