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Streamlining Dilapidation Reports with CHU Inspect

Date published: 4th March 2024, updated 17th June 2024

What is a dilapidation report?

A dilapidation report, also known as a condition survey or property inspection report, is a detailed assessment of the condition of a building or property. It is typically conducted by a qualified building inspector or surveyor and involves a thorough examination of the structural integrity, safety features, and overall state of the property. 

What is the purpose of a dilapidation report?

The primary purpose of a dilapidation report is to provide an accurate and comprehensive record of the condition of a building at a specific point in time. These reports are often commissioned for a property and adjacent properties before the commencement of construction or renovation works, such as demolition, excavation, or construction projects. A dilapidation report serves as a reference point to assess any changes or damages that may occur during the building works. By documenting the pre-existing condition of the building and/or neighbouring buildings, a dilapidation report serves as a reference point to assess any changes or damages that may occur during the construction works. 

Traditional methods of creating dilapidation reports have often been limited by low-resolution still photos, access issues and reliance on what can been seen with the naked eye during the inspection process. This prevents a detailed capture of all areas of a building and means that things can easily be missed.  

Who Needs a Dilapidation Survey?

A dilapidation survey is invaluable for various stakeholders, including developers, builders, owners corporations and strata property managers. 

If you fall into any of these categories, you may need a dilapidation report for:

  • Asset registers: Document the property's pre-existing conditions before starting any construction to prevent disputes and liability issues.
  • Repairs and maintenance: Gain a detailed understanding of the property's current state, which is essential for planning repairs, maintenance, or further development.
  • Building management: Ensure the property’s condition is well-documented, facilitating informed decision-making, effective strata management and dealing with property defects.

Discover the Benefits of Using CHU Inspect for Dilapidation Reports

CHU Inspect offers a comprehensive solution to the challenges faced in traditional dilapidation reporting. It provides high-resolution imagery and streamlined inspection processes that enhance accuracy, efficiency, and user-friendliness. 

1. High-Resolution Imagery 

One of the most significant advantages of CHU Inspect is its ability to capture high-resolution imagery of entire buildings in a fraction of the time required by traditional methods. This allows inspectors to thoroughly document every aspect of the building, from structural components to cosmetic details, with unparalleled clarity and precision. Utilising advanced imaging technologies, CHU Inspect ensures that no area goes unnoticed, providing developers, builders, and Owners Corporations (OCs) with a comprehensive understanding of the building's condition. 

2. Accuracy and Detail  

CHU Inspect provides an indisputable moment of truth about a building's condition at a specific point in time. By offering a detailed visual record of the building's state, CHU Inspect eliminates ambiguity and uncertainty, providing stakeholders with clear and objective evidence of any existing  building defects or damages. This level of transparency is invaluable for decision-making processes related to property development, maintenance, and dispute resolution. 

3. Comprehensive Documentation 

With CHU Inspect, digital tags can be utilised to document various types of damage, including scuffed walls, damaged skirting boards, and structural defects. These tags serve as visual markers within the inspection report, providing stakeholders with detailed information about the nature and location of each identified issue. This comprehensive documentation not only enhances the accuracy of the dilapidation report but also facilitates effective communication between all parties involved in the property management process. 

4. Value Before and After Large Works 

CHU Inspect is particularly valuable before commencing any large works on a building and upon their completion. By conducting a thorough inspection before the commencement of works, stakeholders can establish a baseline condition of the property, ensuring that any subsequent changes or damages can be accurately documented. Similarly, upon the completion of works, CHU Inspect can be used to verify the quality of the workmanship and identify any new defects that may have arisen during the construction process. 

5. User-Friendly Reports 

One of the key strengths of CHU Inspect is its user-friendly interface and customisable reporting templates. Building managers and assessors can easily generate dilapidation reports that are tailored to the specific requirements of the client, providing them with a clear and intuitive overview of the building's condition. This ensures that the dilapidation report is accessible and comprehensible to all stakeholders, facilitating informed decision-making and effective property management. 

CHU Inspect has really changed the game when it comes to dilapidation reports. This service can also be used for asset and building management, real estate and marketing, roof inspections and strata insurance claims management 


1. What is included in a Dilapidation survey?

A dilapidation survey typically includes:

1. Detailed Property Inspection:

  • Comprehensive visual examination of the building’s interior and exterior.
  • Assessment of structural elements, such as walls, floors, roofs and foundations.

2. High-Resolution Imagery:

  • High-quality photographs documenting the current condition of various property areas.
  • Use of advanced imaging technologies to capture hard-to-reach or hidden areas.

3.Condition Report:

  • Written descriptions of the property's condition, noting any defects or damage to roofs, internal and external walls, concrete pavers or tiles.
  • Detailed documentation of wear and tear, structural integrity, and safety features.

4. Digital Tags:

  • Visual markers within the report indicating specific types of damage (cracks, water damage, structural defects, missing or loose elements).

5. Baseline Documentation:

  • Establishment of a reference point for future comparisons, especially before and after construction work.

6. Additional Details:

  • Notes on accessibility issues, potential problem areas, and recommended actions for maintenance or repair.

Discover the future of dilapidation reporting with CHU Inspect: 

Contact CHU Inspect for Virtual external and internal inspections and critical data collection for residential and commercial strata buildings:
1300  618 312