What areas of the country do you cover?

I am based in the Buller region. I cover Franz Josef to Karamea, including Hokitika, Greymouth, Westport, Reefton, Murchison and parts between.

Who Pays – buyer or seller?

A potential purchaser should ideally organise and pay for their own Property Inspection & Report to avoid any conflict of interest, however when I produce reports for the property seller, I do my best to remain impartial. I believe in the transparency of the sale and purchase process and full disclosure of any issues involved.

Can I (as the client) attend the inspection?

Yes, I am happy for you to make a time toward the end of my inspection period, to meet me and ask any questions you may have about the property, its condition, maintenance items and timeframes, and potential upgrade possibilities.

What does a Property Inspection & Report cover?

I will separately describe the house, its construction, its services and its general condition. Note that the 'condition' should be taken in context with the age of the house and the Building Code when it was built. I also include a 'Healthy Home' assessment.

Finally, I will identify and note any specific faults. I will take photos of parts of the house I consider relevant, some of which will appear in the report, but all the photos will be made available to you.

In general terms, these are the items we cover:

The house is our main focus:

  • Foundations - if possible I check the piles and sub-floor under the house
  • Exterior cladding and weather tightness
  • Roof & roof space - for evidence of leaks, rodents, and condition of plumbing, wiring and insulation
  • Floors
  • Walls & ceilings
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Plumbing
  • Spouting & downpipes
  • Sewer & storm-water
  • Heating & ventilation
  • Insulation
I also mention the following, and will take special note if specifically asked:
  • Exterior buildings – garage, sleep-out etc.
  • Patios and decks
  • Retaining walls
  • Paths and driveways


What does a Property Inspection & Report NOT cover?

My reports are visual and non-invasive. As such I rely on my knowledge and experience of the many types and ages of buildings I have worked on over the last 40 years, to determine whether there is the possibility of problems occurring where they can't be seen. If that possibility exists, or if I am looking at an issue beyond the scope of my own expertise, then I will recommend appropriate further reports.

These might include:

  • Structural Engineer
  • Geotech engineering
  • Electrical Report
  • Plumbing Report
  • Sewer & Storm-water video cam

See also Our Services.

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