Pre Purchase Building Inspections

Who needs a pre purchase building inspection?

A Pre-Purchase Building Inspection is a very important part of purchasing a home or project and is highly recommended to all New Zealand potential purchasers and home owners.

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

Pre-Purchase 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.

Why is it Important?

A pre-purchase building inspection (sometimes known as a builder’s report) is a report produced for clients involved in the sale and purchase of properties. This report can be used to assess maintenance requirements of buildings and to determine if more thorough, invasive investigations are required, before going ahead with the acquisition.

A pre-purchase building inspection will:

  1. Identify major and minor defects or potential safety hazards (including whether existing building works comply with the New Zealand Building Codes and Standards)
  2. Allow the prospective purchaser to plan and budget for future maintenance and repairs
  3. Identify existing problems before they worsen
  4. Give you the information required to plan future renovation
  5. Identify any damage that has been caused by termites and other pests
  6. Identify potential asbestos issues
  7. Confirm the property is worth the asking price and potentially become a powerful negotiating tool in the purchase


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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

What do we provide?

Within 24 hours, your building inspector will provide you with an easy to understand,  well written Pre-Purchase 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 throughout New Zealand and look forward to assisting you with your property needs.