PRE-PURCHASE SURVEYS

 

Buying a family home is the biggest commitment that most of us make in our lifetimes. You need to be sure that you are aware of the condition of your potential home before you enter negotiations to purchase. We offer both pre-purchase house inspections and pre-purchase building inspections. If you would like to have an inspection done, contact us or book below.

If you are investing in a property to rent out, you need to know that the investment is sound. It is also necessary to know if any work is needed so that you can work out the total investment required and what the potential return on the property will give in the short and long term.

The principle reasons you need a pre-purchase inspection are:

  • To check for weather tightness and risks areas
  • Identify potential areas needing major repair or maintenance
  • Understand the condition of the structure of your potential building
  • To check if there is any non-complying building work that has been carried out
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A Pre-Purchase inspection may also be a prerequisite by insurance companies and banks. This is becoming more common due to changes in lending criteria, as a result of the Christchurch earthquakes. These changes may have an impact on the type, age and condition of property that they will allow you to purchase. We recommend that you discuss these issues with your lender and insurance company prior to searching for your dream home.

You can then negotiate with the vendor to have the defects rectified, accept the property with the defects known or cancel the agreement. It will also give you an idea of any renovation or maintenance coming up that may be required.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much is the report?

    There are some different variables when determining the cost for a report. To help us understand what type of property you are looking at us inspecting, you will need to answer our questions at the booking stage which will provide you with an estimated fee.

  • How long does the inspection take?

    On average, the amount of time spent on site for a standard sized house is between one and a half to two hours. The report is emailed to you within 24 to 48 hours after the inspection.

  • What does the inspection cover?

    Inspections are carried out under the NZ Property Inspection Standard NZS4306:2005. A Certificate is attached to the report to confirm this. Most areas of the house are covered unless they cannot be accessed. These covered areas include the roof, roof cavity, all internal rooms, joinery, exterior, foundations and garage.

  • What does the inspection not cover?

    We do not move furniture, personal items, or areas which are locked or by their nature. We do not inspect areas which are not easily accessible under the current Health & Safety in Employment 2016 guidelines.

  • Why use a BOINZ Accredited Building Surveyor?

    We are an industry assessed professional, not just a builder doing a builder’s report. We have the qualifications, technical knowledge as well as practical experience, to provide a report that is full of useful information on the current condition of the property so that you can make fully informed decisions.

  • What type of insurance do you carry?

    We work under the NZ Property Inspection Standard, which means we do hold Professional Indemnity Insurance.

  • Do we need to be on site with the Surveyor?

    No, however, the Surveyor can speak to you after the survey if you wish to come to the property. We always recommend reading the report first.

  • Do we do verbal inspections?

    No. Under the NZ Property Inspection Standard and our BOINZ Accreditation, we are unable to provide a verbal report from an inspection.

  • Do we quote for work recommended in our reports?

    No, as an independent company, we cannot provide quotes as this is a conflict of interest.

  • What is the difference between a weathertightness report and a standard report?

    Weathertightness is an industry term used for identifying risk areas or risk factors on plaster or textured clad houses. It is very important to know what you are buying.

  • Do we need a Meth Test?

    There are many reasons why a meth test is recommended. One reason could be whether the house has been tenanted or is currently tenanted. Peace of mind is always a good reason.

  • Do we need an Asbestos Test?

    Due to the age of the home (mainly before 2000) homes may contain asbestos in various materials. If the house is a rental, it is important to identify, under the Health & Safety in Employment Act 2016, particularly if tradespeople need to go on site.

 

All of our inspectors are Accredited Building Surveyors with BOINZ. An Accredited Building Surveyor is an industry assessed property inspection expert in all areas to do with house inspections. Each Surveyor has demonstrated their full compliance with the NZ Standard 4306:2005 and have been found under BOINZ accreditation to be competent and knowledgeable to undertake building surveys. We offer a professional and independent inspection service that is not influenced by the potential for quoting for work, to do alterations or maintenance, in the future.

Ultimately, our written reports give you the home buyer knowledge. They let you know the state of a property, so you can make an informed decision and not suddenly find out something major, a few months after you bought the property. Some of our past clients have used their reports during negotiations to reduce the asking price to cover the repair of the defects found.

If you would like to arrange a Pre-Purchase inspection of a property, contact us or book below.

 

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