Expert Witness Report

An expert report is often required to support the case in a tribunal or court. The witness report is made by an expert who can provide their opinion of an issue in their field of knowledge. In some cases, an expert witness may be required to attend court or tribunal and answer questions from the person hearing the case and the parties involved.

A building expert witness report will detail issues with a property. These issues can include:

 

  • Defects
  • Errors
  • Poor quality
  • Non-compliant building works

Where a dispute arises between the developer or owner and the building contractor, an expert witness report can be used as evidence. The information provided in the expert report will help the court to make its decision. It is vital that an independent person conduct an expert witness report and that their report is not influenced by who has paid for it.

Expert witness reports play a significant role in all building and construction disputes. The way a report is prepared and the content of the report must be given careful consideration before the report is finalised.

Experts should consider what is unnecessary or potentially detrimental in preparing a report. The report must be factual, comprehensive, clear, and supported by standards and construction codes to be understood and acknowledged by authorities.

There are 4 key areas where experts must pay close attention. These are:

  • The inadvertent disclosure of privileged documents
  • the preparation of working notes and drafts
  • providing opinions outside the scope of their expertise or instructions
  • proper cost estimation of the damages.

Before you begin your dispute process, there are a few steps you must take to ensure the process is as smooth as can be.

At Owner Inspections, we advise you to keep a log of your communications with your builder. This can be used in your tribunal if necessary.

We can assist you with your eligibility on the next steps you must take.

The documentation we prepare and provide is a compliant legal document that carefully outlines the matter in question. We endeavour to precisely analyse problem(s) and highlight all associated concerns by reporting on all comparative factors in relation to the core problem. This improves your chances at tribunal level and provides you with a wealth of evidence in accordance with your building contract.

We recognise that you are more likely to successfully resolve your official dispute if you are organised and thorough. Owner Inspections can inspect your property urgently and on time and can obtain photographic evidence for use in court, all while giving sound advice on your next steps.

Our inspections encompass the latest technology in construction evaluation. We use thermal imaging scanners that can detect moisture in various areas of the property. We also have state-of-the-art high-resolution cameras that pick up both subtle and major defects.

Each expert witness inspection is conducted with technical drawing plans (architectural and engineering) in mind. We understand that each build is unique. We put time and effort into reading, analysing, and comparing your plans to your build, highlighting any discrepancies that will withstand in court, ultimately improving your chances of success.

Please take a look at our sample report for the quality of reporting that we offer.

You can have an investigative report completed at any point during your build.

If you have a dispute with a renovation or extension, we can help take the stress away. Contact us today to find out how we can assist.

An expert report is often required to support the case in a tribunal or court. The witness report is made by an expert who can provide their opinion of an issue in their field of knowledge. In some cases, an expert witness may be required to attend court or tribunal and answer questions from the person hearing the case and the parties involved.

What is an expert witness report?

A building expert witness report will detail issues with a property. These issues can include:

 

  • Defects
  • Errors
  • Poor quality
  • Non-compliant building works

Where a dispute arises between the developer or owner and the building contractor, an expert witness report can be used as evidence. The information provided in the expert report will help the court to make its decision. It is vital that an independent person conduct an expert witness report and that their report is not influenced by who has paid for it.

 

When And Why Are Expert Witness Reports Needed?

Expert witness reports play a significant role in all building and construction disputes. The way a report is prepared and the content of the report must be given careful consideration before the report is finalised.

Experts should consider what is unnecessary or potentially detrimental in preparing a report. The report must be factual, comprehensive, clear, and supported by standards and construction codes to be understood and acknowledged by authorities.

There are 4 key areas where experts must pay close attention. These are:

  • The inadvertent disclosure of privileged documents
  • the preparation of working notes and drafts
  • providing opinions outside the scope of their expertise or instructions
  • proper cost estimation of the damages.

What Should You Do To Begin The Process?

Before you begin your dispute process, there are a few steps you must take to ensure the process is as smooth as can be.

At Owner Inspections, we advise you to keep a log of your communications with your builder. This can be used in your tribunal if necessary.

We can assist you with your eligibility on the next steps you must take.

What Is Included In The Report?

The documentation we prepare and provide is a compliant legal document that carefully outlines the matter in question. We endeavour to precisely analyse problem(s) and highlight all associated concerns by reporting on all comparative factors in relation to the core problem. This improves your chances at tribunal level and provides you with a wealth of evidence in accordance with your building contract.

We recognise that you are more likely to successfully resolve your official dispute if you are organised and thorough. Owner Inspections can inspect your property urgently and on time and can obtain photographic evidence for use in court, all while giving sound advice on your next steps.

Why Choose Owner Inspections As Your Expert Witness?

Our inspections encompass the latest technology in construction evaluation. We use thermal imaging scanners that can detect moisture in various areas of the property. We also have state-of-the-art high-resolution cameras that pick up both subtle and major defects.

Each expert witness inspection is conducted with technical drawing plans (architectural and engineering) in mind. We understand that each build is unique. We put time and effort into reading, analysing, and comparing your plans to your build, highlighting any discrepancies that will withstand in court, ultimately improving your chances of success.

Please take a look at our sample report for the quality of reporting that we offer.

You can have an investigative report completed at any point during your build.

If you have a dispute with a renovation or extension, we can help take the stress away. Contact us today to find out how we can assist.

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Lisa Skinner
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I am absolutely thrilled with the professional service I ave received from the whole team at Owner Inspections. From Des who provided my initial quote, one that is far more competitive than any of the other 3 I got, to the team at bookings who have been responsive and flexible to my communications and requirements. Finally my actual on site inspector Ty has been professional with an excellent eye for detail. I can not recommend these guys highly enough, and firmly believe it is a very sound investment for my build. Thank you all so much. Lisa
Vishal Ranjan
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We hired them after a bit of research and recommendation from a friend, who also had great experience with them. They also advice you with proper response if builder pushes back on any of the rectification request. Our experience with them is pleasant and I believe their service is value for money. They are professional, very responsive and respond to queries promptly.
Nagaraj A.H
Nagaraj A.H
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They have done extremely well by identifying all the faults. Professional and very friendly! I would like to choose them all the time! I have done multiple house inspections while searching for the house and always my go to inspectors for all the building inspections....Cost is also reasonable and competitive. Also helped in allocating resources during the given time, since existing tenant has given some odd timings.

Special thanks once again, for doing a great job from Owner inspection company side on my inspections.
Trevayne
Trevayne
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Highly recommend owner inspections as your private inspector. They were very helpful and informative from the get go and always responded to any queries very promptly, even after business hours. Their price was very competitive and had a few perks that other companies didn’t have. Will definitely use them in future! Thanks guys
JET A
JET A
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The team is very accommodating to changes in inspection schedules. The inspection reports are well written and I am glad to have asked them to do 3 inspections for my house - frame, lock -up, and fixing. I'd recommend you talk to them to get a price bundle on inspections.
Tofique Tambawala
Tofique Tambawala
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I recently got the pre pour slab steel review done. The process was really smooth. The inspector was very friendly and explained everything nicely. Report was nice with photographs. And there was good support after as well for defect fixes
Hariharan V
Hariharan V
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I’ve really had a pleasant experience with Owners Inspection. First of all Des has been wonderful calm and patient in answering all my queries and Yilmaz has been excellent with the inspection done. Got the report very next day morning and most of the corrections were already done. Would certainly recommend.
mary ann cortez
mary ann cortez
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They have high quality reports. I am building with Carlisle Homes and they acknowledge their reports. No issues. Very easy to deal with. Highlights will be the customer service and timely reports. I availed all Stages inspection and it is worth it especially if you do not have A) time B) know how in construction.
khyati dogra
khyati dogra
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The frame inspection was professionally carried out. The inspector was quite meticulous and did a great job. The report was detailed to pick up the defects. My partner and I are satisfied with the service provided.
JET A
JET A
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The team is very accommodating to changes in inspection schedules. The inspection reports are well written and I am glad to have asked them to do 3 inspections for my house - frame, lock -up, and fixing. I'd recommend you talk to them to get a price bundle on inspections.
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