Pre Sale Inspections


A pre-sale building inspection report is also known as a vendor inspection report.

This report is the same as a building inspection report produced for prospective purchasers, however in this case the vendor or real estate agent have engaged the inspection prior to putting the house on the market.

The pre-sale inspection report will benefit both the seller and prospective purchasers to:

  1. Provide interested parties with the information they require to make an informed decision, often accelerating the sales process.
  2. Allow the vendor to remedy any identified issues, prior to committing to the sales process.
  3. Identify major and minor defects or potential safety hazards (including whether existing building works comply with the New Zealand Building Codes and Standards (link to )
  4. Allow the prospective purchaser to plan and budget for future maintenance and repairs
  5. Identify existing problems before they worsen
  6. Give a prospective purchaser the information required to plan future renovation
  7. Identify any damage that has been caused by termites and other pests
  8. Identify potential asbestos issues

Once finalised, Jim’s Building Inspections New Zealand will make the report available to all interested parties, by loading them on the eBuy Reports page.

A vendor inspection report is an excellent marketing tool by way of allowing the vendor to steer the sales process to their advantage.



A Pre-Sale Building Inspection is an invaluable step in the process of selling your home and is recommended to all New Zealand home owners considering putting their property on the market.

Getting a pre-sale inspection that includes at least the major construction aspects of your home gives the vendor a very good idea as to what the property is worth and is a great guide in setting the sale price.

Jim’s Building Inspectors are trained and have firsthand experience in 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 earthquake risk and extreme weather.

Pre-Sale Building inspections are non-destructive, visual inspections of the property, specifically targeting:

  1. Exterior and interior roof spaces and materials
  2. Under the floor area including foundations, framing, insulation and ground moisture
  3. Interior/exterior of the property including windows, floors, ceilings and any specific services and systems
  4. Other structures on the site such as sheds and garages
  5. The site itself, including factors like drainage, retaining walls, driveways and fencing.

Jim’s Building Inspectors also use instruments such as moisture meters, thermal imaging cameras, scopes and sounding devices, to ensure the most accurate information is described.



Within 24 hours, your building inspector will provide you with a simple, jargon-free Pre-Sale report of your inspection, and the opportunity to discuss the findings with the inspector over the phone. We also welcome you to be present at the building inspection, if you wish.

We can help you understand the risks, if any, of undetected defects. You will also know what factors may have limited the report so you can make an upfront, informed decision.

The report will include:

  • Identification of safety hazards such as Asbestos.
  • Identification of any termite damage and what this means.
  • Identification of major defects such as anything of a structural nature or anything that requires repair or replacement to stop further damage or prevent emergency works in the immediate future
  • Identification of minor defects such as foreseeable property upkeep
  • Detailed photos describing the issues

There are some exclusions in the reporting, however these can be handled separately and specifically if required.

Examples of exclusions include:

  1. Second story roofs can be inspected by arrangement.
  2. Explanation of title or ownership matters, planning regulations or specific zoning matters
  3. Issues surrounding compliance with the New Zealand Building Codes and Standards
  4. Anything below ground (footage, drainings, soil conditions)
  5. Anything concealed within the walls like insulation, plumbing and electric wiring.

Jim’s Building Inspections New Zealand have building inspectors thoughout 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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