Dilapidation Reports / Property Condition Surveys

Dilapidation Reports / Property Condition Surveys


Are Dilapidation reports necessary before any construction work takes place?

In our experience, a Dilapidation report is crucial when you are carrying out construction or building work that are neighbouring other properties. To help protect yourself, we recommend that a written and photographic report be arranged to record the present conditions of the property (both internally and externally) before starting the construction works.
At The Home Inspection Hub, our team of Building Inspectors and accredited Architects are experienced in capturing the pre-existing condition of a residential property before construction work begins.

Who is a Dilapidation Report for?

  • building developers
  • neighbours
  • builders
  • councils
Why should I get a Dilapidation Report?

  • to describe the pre-existing condition of a property before any construction works starts
  • to help safeguard the builder before construction against any possible legal action
  • to help protect the owner of the property before construction works begin
  • to prevent costly disputes and/or legal proceedings.
What happens if I don’t carry out this inspection?

  • as the owner, there will be no photographic evidence to claim damage that may result from the construction work
  • as the builder or developer, there is no proof to resolve possible disputes or claims against damages that may arise during the construction process.

Why is a Property Condition Survey with The Hub so important?

  • You will be engaging an independent third party that does not hold any bias towards those involved in the construction process.
  • You will be engaging an independent third party that does not hold any bias towards those involved in the construction process.
  • The report will outline any existing cracking and damage, so you have a benchmark against possible changes that may have taken place during the construction process.
  • The photographs will be date and time stamped to accurately document any existing defects and cracking.
  • We can follow up with a Post-Construction Survey once the works have been completed.

Dilapidation Reports are important for property owners and developers before construction works begin. Contact us on 1300 071 283 to organise a survey or click here to request a free online quote.

Download our Dilapidation Report & Property Condition Survey Brochure


The cost of a dilapidation report will depend on a number of factors such as the property size, location and number of properties to be inspected. 


A Property Condition Survey (otherwise known as a Dilapidation Report or Existing Conditions Survey) is a visual inspection of any cracking or movement that is visible at the time of the inspection. The survey involves an inspection of the internal and external areas of the property, recording the condition with written and photographic evidence.

Before we can enter a property, we need to obtain permission from the owner. If it is a rental property, we will contact the property manager or the owner of the property to obtain their consent for the inspection. If we do not receive the owner’s permission, the inspection cannot take place.

The client who has requested the dilapidation inspection will be emailed a copy of the report. It is recommended that a copy of the report should be served on all affected parties and signed before the commencement of construction works.

The length of time for the inspection will vary from one property to another, depending on the size and existing conditions of the home. Typically, it would take about 30 minutes for an apartment/small unit and up to an hour for a standard three bedroom home.