Pre Purchase Building Inspections

WHY YOU NEED A PRE-PURCHASE BUILDING INSPECTION!

Whether it is your first home, dream home, beach house or commercial building, a property purchase is a major investment and once the decision is made it is one that needs to be taken very seriously, you do not want to purchase a problem. Jim’s Building Inspectors will work with you to give you great peace of mind.

They will also confirm the property is worth the asking price which can potentially become a powerful negotiating tool in the purchase for new home-owners.

WHY IS A PRE PURCHASE INSPECTION REPORT SO IMPORTANT?

Obviously it is very important for a homeowner to not inadvertently purchase a sub-standard property, an investment that could cost many thousands of dollars to put right, but more importantly, you need to keep everyone and everything safe.

The money is a pittance in comparison to the purchase price and the health and welfare of you and your family which is priceless.

This report can be used to survey maintenance requirements of homes and to determine if more thorough, invasive investigations are required, before going ahead with confidence in the purchase.

The last thing you want to do after purchasing is to worry about builders fees.

WHAT DOES A PRE PURCHASE INSPECTION REPORT COVER?

Pre-Purchase house inspections are non-destructive, visual inspections of the property, specifically targeting these five areas:

  • Exterior and interior roof space areas and materials
  • Evaluation of under the floor area including the foundation, framing, insulation, leaks and ground moisture
  •  Interior/exterior of the property including windows, floors, ceilings and any specific services systems
  • Other structures on the site such as sheds and garages
  • The site location 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.

What equipment do we use in our inspections?

Jim’s Building Inspectors conduct a visual inspection as well as use the following instruments:

Moisture meters, thermal imaging cameras, scopes and sounding devices, to ensure the most accurate information is described.

A pre-purchase inspection will:

  1. Identify major, minor and common 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 the condition of the home or property ie attention to weather tightness and moisture checks
  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 and reporting other safety issues
  7. Confirm the property is worth the asking price and potentially become a powerful negotiating tool in the purchase
  8. Give the buyer peace of mind and confidence to be able to make the buying or selling decisions required

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JIM’S PRE PURCHASE INSPECTION REPORT PACKAGES

Circumstances vary when purchasing a property and in order to cater to your specific needs we have three Inspection Packages available.

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 pests 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?

Jim’s Building Inspections New Zealand have inspectors throughout the region including Northland, Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Tauranga, Palmerston North, Horowhenua, Manawatu, Wairarapa, Wellington, Kapiti Coast, Otaki, Upper Hutt, Porirua and Lower Hutt valley and look forward to assisting you with your property needs.

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?

Through experience, a typical Jim’s Pre-Purchase Inspection for an NZ house takes an hour to complete but can vary depending on factors like accessibility and the number of defects found. Should you wish to be present during the home inspection you are most welcome.

Within 24 hours, your Building Inspector will provide you with an easy to understand, well written pre-purchase builders inspection report, and the opportunity to discuss the findings and ask any questions with the inspector in person or over the phone.

We can also 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.

Whether you are a vendor, home-owner looking after the investment, a builder or agent looking for value investments for clients, remember Jim’s Building Inspections.

What is excluded?

  • Second story roofs, these can be inspected by arrangement
  • Anything below ground (footage, draining, soil conditions)
  • Anything concealed within the walls such as insulation, plumbing and electric wiring
  • Anything below ground ie footage, drainage, soil conditions
  • Explanation of title or ownership details, planning regulations or advice on specific zoning matters

What do we provide?

Your inspector will provide your finished building report within 24 hours.

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. Building reports can be customised to your specifications.

Examples of exclusions include:

  • Second story roofs – can be inspected by arrangement
  • Explanation of title or ownership matters, planning regulations or specific zoning matters
  • Issues surrounding compliance with the New Zealand Building Codes and Standards
  • Anything below ground (footage, draining’s, soil conditions)
  • Anything concealed within the walls like insulation, plumbing and electric wiring

Jim’s Building Inspections has inspectors throughout New Zealand. Whether you live in Palmerston North, Wellington, Auckland or Christchurch, we are your local and look forward to assisting you with your property and home inspections. Have a look at our testimonials and independent customer reviews. Our house inspectors have the knowledge and job experience in the industry to help for peace of mind.

Get in contact with our team, all it takes is a phone call or email for a no-obligation quote and booking for your home or house inspection.