Building Inspection

Who needs a building inspection?

A Building Inspection is an invaluable step in the process of purchasing a home or project and is recommended to all New Zealand home owners and potential purchasers.

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.

Building inspections are non-destructive, visual inspections of the property, specifically targetinga

  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.

Why is it Important?

A Building Inspection is an invaluable step in the process of purchasing a home or project and is recommended to all New Zealand home owners and potential purchasers.

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.

Building inspections are non-destructive, visual inspections of the property, specifically targetinga

  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.

 

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Different Building Inspection Packages

Building Inspection

    Package includes:

  • Basic Building Report
  • Safety hazards
  • Major defects
  • Minor defects
Building and Termite Inspection

    Package includes:

  • Building inspection report
  • Safety hazards
  • Major defects
  • Minor defects
  • Pest Related Damage
Premium Inspection

    Package includes:

  • Building inspection report
  • Includes safety hazards
  • Major defects
  • Minor defects
  • Pest Related Damage
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Gas

Which package should I choose?

  • Basic is primarily carried out on apartments above ground floor where there is a low risk of termite or other pest related damage.
  • Standard is our most popular inspection and covers the majority of inspection requirements.
  • Premium is usually selected for buildings over 40 years old that may require upgrades to electrical, plumbing & gas. A licensed plumber and electrician will have to be appointed to conduct the plumbing and electrical component of the inspection.

What areas do we service?

We service the majority of New Zealand with key locations in metropolitan and regional areas.

What equipment do we use?

We conduct a visual inspection as well as use the following instruments:

  • Moisture meters
  • Thermal imaging cameras
  • Different scopes and sounding devices

Which specific areas do we inspect?

  • Exterior roof
  • Interior roof
  • Under the floor (if applicable),
  • Interior/exterior of the property
  • Other structures on the site (garages, car ports, sheds),
  • The site itself including factors like drainage, retaining walls and fencing

How long does it take?

  • Depending on the property itself, we generally allow one hour for the inspection.
  • Some take less or more depending on the degree of accessibility and depending on the number of defects found.
  • We then prepare the report and liaise with the client on the findings.
  • The report is usually available within 24 hours of inspection.

What is excluded?

  • Too high – second story roofs can be inspected by arrangement
  • Explanation of title or ownership matters or zoning
  • Issues related compliance with the building regulations and acts
  • Anything below ground (footage, draining, soil conditions)
  • Anything concealed within the walls such as insulation, plumbing and electric wiring