New Home Inspections

Buying a home? Buying off the plan?

What is a new home inspection?

A new home inspection is an inspection of a home under construction, at the hand-over stage and/or during maintenance periods.

The single biggest financial commitment you will make in your lifetime is the purchase or design and build, of a new home.

A new home inspection will help you protect this investment by:

  1. Ensuring you get what you have paid for, both in quality and in compliance
  2. Giving you the expertise to understand the project in its entirety
  3. Providing you the tools and knowledge base with which to manage your relationship with the builder

Who needs a new home inspection?

A new home inspection is recommended to all New Zealand home owners in the process of building a home, business or project.

Jim’s Building Inspectors have extensive knowledge about the building products, systems, design methods and the industry standards that are used in New Zealand, together with knowledge of NZ specific factors such as extreme weather and earthquake risk..

There are four key new home inspection stages

  1. Slab stage

The slab stage or the base stage inspection is essential in the inspection process. Finished concrete is inspected to ensure there is an even and consistent finish. The surface should not be powdery or flakey. Levels are checked to confirm the slab has been installed within allowable deviation in the over level across and room or the entire build. The edge rebate is checked to ensure it is not honeycombed and there is no evidence of steel reinforcement protruding as it must have at least 40mm concrete coverage. The vapour barrier must extend past the poured concrete slab with adequate overlap left so that it extends up the side wall of the slab past the final finished ground level once the construction is completed.

  1. Frame stage

Frame stage inspections are conducted providing an independent assessment of the works to confirm they have been completed ready for stage payment. Internal checks and company appointed inspections are supported with a fresh and focussed and our review monitors the frame with respect to the approved construction methods and the Engineers design requirements as detailed on the Approved Plans.

The installation of windows and door frames are checked at this stage. Frame positioning in relation to the supporting slab is checked with any overhanging tolerances along with load bearing timbers, lintels and orientation of Jack Studs above openings. Items such as the correct number of timber blocks and their securing method are checked along with all bracing, mechanical fasteners, tie downs and anchors.

  1. Lockup

At the lockup stage, the Building Inspector will inspect the roofing that is installed to ensure it is complete and free of defects and damage. A visual inspection is carried out to check the installation of Flashings. Brick work is checked for correct installation. All windows and doors are installed with the correct fixings using appropriate blocks and the frame straight, plumb and true.

The installed plaster to the ceilings, wall linings and fitted cornice is checked to ensure it is installed to acceptable standards. Waterproof membrane to showers & wet areas are inspected to ensure they are correctly installed and comply with the requirements of the Building Code.

  1. Handover

Handover Inspections require an exhaustive check of the construction. At this inspection we check that the work has been completed to industry standard. The construction of the dwelling needs to reflect the Approved Plans and all components of the building must comply with relevant New Zealand Standards and Building Codes.

Handover or Final stage inspections are also called Practical Completion Inspections (PCI) and Pre Handover Inspections. Handover inspections are generally carried out on new homes when construction of the entire home has been completed and all internal fittings, fixtures and finishes have been installed and applied inside the home compliant with the relevant building plans and specifications.

What does a new home inspection cost?

Please call Jim’s Building Inspections New Zealand on 0800 11 77 00 to discuss your needs.

Jim’s Building Inspections can be engaged at any time during the build.

What do we provide you with?

Within 24 hours, your building inspector will provide you with a concise and conclusive report of your inspection, and the opportunity to discuss the findings with the inspector over the phone. You are welcome to attend the building inspection in person, if you would like.

The report will include:

  • Safety Hazards
  • Suspected Non-Compliance
  • Substandard Workmanship
  • Incomplete Works
  • Suspected Non-Compliance with Contracts and Specifications

Jim’s Building Inspections New Zealand have building inspectors throughout New Zealand and look forward to assisting you with your property needs.




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  • "Great report, it had all the information I was after and Cornelius was a huge help!"

    Nov 27, 2016by C. TaylorInspector: Jim’s Building Inspections (Auckland)
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