Dilapidation Reports

Dilapidation inspections are used for documenting existing condition of adjoining or adjacent buildings or structures.

Inspections are carried out prior to and after construction or demolition works. Most of the time inspections are needed when the building works are near or right on the boundary, but some time damage can be done from bigger or deeper excavations at a further distance from the boundary.

Dilapidation inspections can be ordered either from the owners undertaking the building works, or the owners of the adjoining property.

The places those kinds of reports are commonly needed are inner city and middle ring suburbs where houses are quite few decades old, very close or attached to each other.

There were not many building regulations and controls prior to 1994. The years before that a lot of houses with double brick or brick veneer constructions had been built with no articulation joints, insufficient foundations or weak mortar mixture. Those buildings have shown numerous defects including many minor or major external brick wall cracks. On top of that with age the mortar between layers of bricks becomes fragile. It doesn’t take much ground or direct vibration to create cracks or enlarge existing ones in brick walls. Whole buildings have happened to collapse just from excessive deep excavation in an adjoining property and the vibration created by that.

The reason for carrying out such inspections is to create written independent reports documenting the exact state of the building structure before the start and after completion of building works. It is for the protection of the person initiating the work or alternatively the owner of a property next to the one starting building work.

Our Dilapidation Inspection services may involve entire buildings or just specific structures and surrounding infrastructure like footpaths, driveway crossovers, retaining walls, boundary fences or more.

It is advisable to always have a dilapidation inspection report completed in the event of future construction or demolition work on adjoining, nearby or adjacent properties.

Customer Testimonials

Ilian Selensky, Northcote Ilian Selensky, Northcote:

"We appointed Jack to inspect a townhouse we bought off the plan in Ivanhoe. Prior to that I spend days trying to do defect list myself and save some money. When I realized how many defects there are in my opinion I figured out that I might need some professional to show me what actually is considered defect and what not. What I was truly surprised by, after reading Jack’s report, was that after all that time spend I have only managed to see small surface defects and I have completely missed serious hazardous for the building defects. His report was professionally presented, very well structured and every one of the 73 pictures identifying a defect was addressed to relevant building rule. We end up pulling out of this contract when we realized how badly built this place was and how many potentially expensive faults there were.

We highly recommend Jack if you need experienced building professional for your building inspection"


Mary and James Monaco, Oakleigh Mary and James Monaco, Oakleigh:

We used Building inspections Melbourne at the end of June for pre-purchase inspection for our new house. It was stress-free and pleasant experience from the first phone call to the follow up conversation after the report. The report was send to us the next morning and was easy to understand with a lot of pictures.Thank you guys, great service.


Suzan and Jake Suzan and Jake :

Hi Jack, Just quick thanks for your fantastic work with our stage inspections. It was a great help to have you on our site in the last 5 months. The builder didn’t argue any of the final defects you had in your reports and we are extremely happy with the end result. We are moving in next weekend and we are excited about it.


137B Inspection, Abbotsford 137B Inspection, Abbotsford:

" We are very happy with the services provided by T Cover. Jack is very understandable, professional and extremely helpful. When I phoned Jack, explained my urgent situation, he immediately understood.  Although he was very busy, he gave us an appointment for next day, he also sent us an example report. Jack is very punctual, he came next day as promised and completed his inspections professionally. It was amazing after few hours we received the defects report and our biggest concern has been sorted. We really appreciated and thank him for his efforts in helping us having the report quickly that help us to sort out lots our other related works. We would not hesitate to recommend Jack to anybody and we definitely will call him again if we need inspection in the future.  Thank you very much Jack.  Kind regards, Dave & Lil , Abbotsford- 8.10.15"

Frame Inspection, Alphington Frame Inspection, Alphington:

"We were impressed with Jack's advice and thoroughness; he advised on and picked up a number of important matters which kept our builder focused and gave us peace of mind. To use Jack is not a negative gesture to the builder; we cannot possibly determine defects and omissions ourselves. The old saying is that a person who represents him/herself has a fool for a client; when building a house one should  be represented in inspections and obtain an independent view which can be used to work with one's builder -  it is money well spent; instruct an inspector like Jack - Peter & Anett, Alphington. 20 Sep 2015."