Know the full picture before you renovate

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Know the full picture before you renovate

When you are planning on renovating, extending or rebuilding an investment property, the goal is to get the best possible return on every cent spent. But this doesn’t mean cutting corners. Many investors can be left out of pocket if they don’t have written and photographic evidence of the condition of the adjoining neighbours properties prior to the commencement of construction.
A dilapidation report or dilapidation survey is an inexpensive report which provides an item-by-item account of a building and its condition and usually includes surrounding buildings, roads and fences. Many councils are now beginning to stipulate the requirement for an independent dilapidation report as part of the DA approval process to
protect adjoining neighbors.
Getting a dilapidation report on your property prior to building, demolition or excavation works is all about minimizing your risk “If a property owner/Developer
chooses not to get a dilapidation report, it is very difficult to verify when damage to an adjoining property occurred.  And as a result many people find themselves wrapped up in very costly litigation because they didn’t get evidence of the extent of building or property defects before commencing the works.”
A dilapidation report should be carried out by an independent consultant. A written report, together with photographic evidence showing the building’s defects and areas that are likely to be effected by the proposed renovation, should be provided then signed and counter signed by all interested parties (usually the developer and adjoining owner).
“One of the side benefits of getting a dilapidation report of adjoining properties is that it can give you insight into  likely defects that may occur. As a result you can design these out resulting in possible significant future cost  savings.”
Independent Property Inspections regularly carries out this type of inspection for Developers, Builders, various civil contractors road maintenance companies and head contractors of small to very large projects.
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