Local and national government bodies are holding building designers to a higher level of accountability, requiring the completion of Dilapidation Reports prior to construction and civil work commencement.

To meet these requirements, construction companies are having to factor the funding of these investigative reports into their budgets and their due diligence process. Many councils, in fact, will not allow for the launching of a building design project unless and until a Dilapidation Report has been completed and signed by a PCA (Private Certifying Authority), or by council representatives.

Although perhaps costly and time-consuming, Dilapidation Reports are indeed important. Quick site assessments conducted by project managers, or by underqualified but reasonably priced consultants, are sometimes not sufficient—their results not even thoroughly reviewed at the time of completion. If a claim is filed later, the report may not serve the construction company as a reliable form of defense. The money that they save on the initial, lightly completed report may later be spent on damage control costs, additional inspections, and project improvements.

The easy way out can prove complex and costly in the long run; and ultimately, the comprehensive and professionally conducted report, regardless of its higher price tag, will be the one that protects you against a costly claim.

Detailed reports—and accompanying photos and videos—can catch potentially disastrous construction problems like structural cracking, demonstrating the pre-existence of structural problems before the project begins.

So while adding to the work of a construction team, top notch Dilapidation Reports are a necessity; one now commonly—and thankfully—completed at all reputable worksites.