Here’s how you can make sure your dream home doesn’t become your worst nightmare.
There are changes to the Building Act which are due to come into force from the beginning of January. These changes have grown out of such problems as builders using the wrong timber for certain parts of a job. With new materials as well, building has become a complex task and not all builders were or are up to it. A valuation doesn’t tell you if a home needs repairs, but a thorough inspection can save you from making an expensive mistake. It doesn’t matter whether you’re buying an old house or new one, you need to know it’s been properly constructed before you sign. Now the banks and other financiers are becoming aware of the value of house inspections too.
Make sure you don’t buy a problem infested house on a “whim” safeguard your investment with a Pre-Purchase Inspection report. It will be worth it’s weight in gold, if you are about to make a bad decision!
For most of us looking at houses to buy is something we want to do with our head in the clouds. We always want what we can’t have and when we get close to buying it’s hard to see the wood for the trees!
It’s only human nature to always want the house on the next level – money wise! The problem this causes is that we get emotional and make buying decisions on a whim. Most of us don’t have the knowledge or experience of a building expert, we only have what we see, what we like and our gut feeling.
Anyone who is buying a house and wants to be sure they are aware of all the possible problems – BEFORE making a commitment should at least get a Pre-Purchase Inspection Report.
The 10 most important details you need to know before committing to buying a property are:
- The Foundations are SOLID and RELIABLE
- The Structure is STRONG and DURABLE
- The Roofing isn’t leaking
- The External Cladding is in good condition
- The Internal Linings are DRY
- The Electrics are working properly
- The Plumbing is in working order
- The Drainage is SUFFICIENT
- The Home is SECURE
- There are NO signs of PEST problems
For a First Home Buyer The Risk Is Even Greater…
Most of us can’t afford our dream home first time round, hence we are more likely to buy pre-loved houses and can’t wait to renovate. Most of us aren’t looking at the details we are more focused on dreaming about “the potential”. The danger in this is that “pre-loved” houses often have hidden problems that can cost you money down the track! As a first home buyer money is tighter so there is NO room for surprise repairs and maintenance bills. The Pre-Purchase Inspection Report will uncover any unwanted secrets so you know your investment’s safe.
Your eye just won’t pick up what a builder’s can, if you aren’t used to looking at houses!
Unfortunately the scariest thing when looking at a house is the “unknown”. People who have experience in the building and construction trade see things us amateurs just don’t (for example a bora problem or deteriorating foundations). Thankfully when you get an Inspection Report from NZHIC you are getting the skills of someone who has years of industry experience. They will be your eyes and report back to you in “everyday language” that you can understand.
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Here are four things you can do to prepare your home for a house inspection.
Time is of the essence when it comes to getting an offer in on a house, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to purchase your dream home. Here are things you can do to make it quick and easy for an inspector to carry out the report:
1. Make sure the inspector can GET INTO THE HOME.
Talk to your inspector about how they can access the property. The easiest option is for the inspector to collect the keys from the Real Estate Agent, so make sure they have a set. If you are selling your home, make sure you leave clear instructions of how to find the property and any helpful tips about getting into the house.
2. Try and keep the FLOOR areas FREE of CLUTTER.
The house inspector needs to look around windows, in cupboards, and down drains. If these areas are clear of dishes and clutter, it makes the job a lot easier for the inspector.
3. Leave the key for getting UNDER the HOUSE.
Some properties have access under the home so the flooring can be checked for any problems. If you keep this locked, please leave a key for the inspector as they won’t be able to complete the report until this has been viewed.
4. Make sure the inspector can get into the CEILING SPACE.
The inspector also needs to have access into the roof space so they can check the structure. Make sure they will be able to find the man-hole and can climb up into it.