A registered building surveyor provides expert advice on building matters. The range of services often includes;
Visit The New Zealand Institute of Building Surveyors (NZIBS) at www.buildingsurveyors.co.nz for more information about building surveying in New Zealand .
Yes, our reports are builder’s reports/ building reports and will be fit for purpose to fulfil any typical purchase and sale agreement as they are independent and deliver a true opinion on the current condition of the property. Money lenders, insurance companies and lawyers would normally accept our reports as being completed by a suitably qualified person and company.
We have a team of inspectors and generally are able to accommodate bookings that are made approximately 3 days in advance.
It is usual for the inspector to be on site anywhere from 2 – 4 hours.
2 – 3 working days or earlier. Depending on workload, sometimes we may be able to offer a 24 hour turnaround for urgent reports.
Reports are e-mailed as a PDF report in full colour with photos. Since most of our clients have no requirement for printed copies, we post a hardcopy only to those clients who specifically request it.
The inspector will prepare a report based on what he visually inspected at the time of inspection. If he has no access due to the unavailability of a key, personal belongings piled up over an access hatch, an access hatch covered by a fridge or washing machine or underneath carpeting, this will be noted on the report. Our inspectors are not permitted to handle home occupants personal belongings or furniture. If access is provided at a later date, there is a charge of $175 per hour + GST for a re-inspection of the relevant areas.
We are not LPB’s because an LBP qualification does not cover building surveys and therefore the LBP qualification is not suitable for building surveys. LBP qualifications relate to actual building work only such as design, carpentry, roofing, bricklaying etc…
Yes we do use moisture meters, but beware of claims about moisture meters! There are two common functions of a moisture meter (although some only have one function – the scan mode).
No, because infra-red detects differences in temperature and not moisture. They cannot see behind wall linings. They return images of the surface only. There are claims that damp areas can be identified by thermal cameras, but in reality they can’t do this reliably. They might identify an area that is damp based on the fact that damp areas are cooler, but the problem is that areas receiving less sunlight, or artificial light is also cooler and therefore the information received from thermal cameras is very ambiguous, misleading and unhelpful. Therefore infra-red cameras cannot be relied upon; but can be used as an extra tool to an experienced building surveyor. The following conditions make thermal camera operation difficult;
The main focus is on identifying ‘Significant Defects’ with a property on the basis of a ‘visual inspection’ (i.e. simply viewing the property features without specific testing). Typically the following items are included;
A LIM (Land information Memorandum) is a report produced by the council typically at the request of a home buyer that provides all information about the property that the council have on record and would typically include building consents, code compliance certificates, notices, warnings and the like. It would also include information about flood prone areas nearby or on the property, historical building notices, protected tress, rates information and more. The property file on the other hand is the physical documentation held by the council that is made available to the public for their perusal.
Our house inspection, building inspector and building report services run from two offices. One in Blenheim for the Marlborough region and another in Christchurch servicing Christchurch and North Canterbury.
T. +64 3 388 0300
T. +64 3 577 9332