dilapidation report summary

If nearby construction works cause damage to your home or property, would you be able to prove it in court? Similarly, if you develop a site and neighbours could be affected, who do you turn to? In both these cases, a dilapidation report will be your saviour.

Building work such as new home construction and renovations (particularly along boundaries), road works, infrastructure projects or demolitions can easily cause building defects in nearby properties if the proper precautions aren’t taken. Cracked brickwork or paving, broken fences, water ingress or damage to landscaping can all result in costly repairs, but how can you prove that the neighbouring building work has done the damage?

Protect yourself from damage repair costs with a Dilapidation Report – typically provided at pre-construction and post construction stages.

Our Dilapidation Survey is a special purpose property inspection report undertaken to provide a visual assessment of the structural and cosmetic fabric defects, which are or may be related to movement of the structure or fabric, of the subject property evident on the day of the inspection prior to the commencement of neighbouring construction works.

man conducting dilapidation report

Our expert architect will assess the condition of your property before works commence and compile a photographic record of any pre-existing defects. If you notice damage to your property after the work starts, your Dilapidation Report can help you get the damage rectified or support a claim for costs to repair if need be.

A detailed report by an independent architect can help your avoid lengthy arguments and expensive repairs coming out of your pocket.


  • An assessment of the building and property by an independent architect undertaken before the start of nearby construction work and at its conclusion.
  • A comprehensive report recording pre-existing defects so that any new ones can be easily identified.
  • View a sample report
  • To view the Scope and Terms and Conditions for this service click here.


  • Highly-qualified building experts
  • Members of the Australian Institute of Architects
  • Covered by Archicentre Australia’s professional indemnity and $20 million public liability insurance policies.

To arrange a Dilapidation Report or to get an obligation-free over the phone quote, call Archicentre Australia on 1300 13 45 13, or submit an enquiry with your details and we’ll call you!