Do I really need a building report from a professional inspection company? I’ve got a builder mate that will check it out for me for free.

We’ve heard this a hundred times and the outcome is that usually that we are called in to inspect a leaky roof or a spongey floor. There are plenty of stories out there where people avoid building reports and have been ultimately sorry in the long run. The beauty of a pre-purchase building report is that you have the opportunity to withdraw your offer if you’re unsatisfied with the report’s findings. Building reports open up the channels of negotiations between the buyer and vendor as you can then lower your offered price to reflect the remedial work needed.

Banks may require a professional pre-purchase inspection and building report because its well known that a building report can be the defining factor between buying a lemon or buying a forever home.

We understand that purchasing a property is often going to be your biggest investment and our goal is to make sure your investment is secure and in good shape.

If you compare the figures, a building report may cost you less than 1% of your purchase price. Compare that to the cost of some repairs which could come as a surprise like:

  • Re-piling may cost you in the region of $25 000 – $50 000
  • Re-roofing may cost you around $20 000
  • A leaky shower and associated repairs may cost you around $10000
  • Electrical issues could cause a fire and risk lives and re-wiring a house may cost around $15 000
  • Re-plumbing may cost around $10 000 and hidden leaks could ruin your structural integrity

These are very common issues that we often find and are able to bring to our clients attention. At the end of the day, a few pennies spent now could save you potentially many more in surprise horrors.

Are we first-home buyer friendly?

Yes. We offer a discounted price for first home buyers and we are always available to assist you with any questions you have. We understand the stress involved and will go out of our way to help you out.

Do we explain the report and help you understand our findings?

Yes. After care support and service is included and we can explain the report in person or over the phone.

What areas do we service?

Gisborne, Wairoa, Napier/Hastings

Are we able to use this inspection/building report for bank lending?

Yes, our inspections and building reports are carried out in accordance with the NZ Standard (NZS4306:2005) and encompass the InterNACHI and NZIBI inspection guidelines and recommendations.

Are we qualified?

Yes, absolutely. Nick Gregory (our no. 1 property inspector) is an experienced builder, certified property inspector and a member of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors.

Have questions of your own or need more information? Give Nick Gregory a shout on 022 390 2178 or click below to get in touch.


“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Benjamin Franklin

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