Services Offered

The Standard Home Inspection

(Pre-Purchase Inspection)

What is a Building Inspection?

A building inspection, also known as a property or house inspection is designed to give you independent and objective advice about the physical state of a building. This advice enables you to make an informed decision, usually about whether to purchase a property or not.

The standard home inspection conducted by Kiwi Property Inspection Ltd using 4306:2005 as the benchmark for home inspection. The visual on-site evaluation is extremely thorough and the corresponding report is highly detailed, computer generated in an easy-to-read format, which includes digital coloured photos, and is emailed to you on the completion of the inspection.

Within the inspection moisture testing is carried out around the windows and doors plus the wet areas within the premise. The inspection is performed by a Qualified Builder with Adv Trade Certificate.

Important Elements Inspected:
  • Site
  • Sub floor
  • Exterior
  • Roof Exterior
  • Roof space
  • Interior
  • Services
  • Identified ancillary spaces and buildings including accessory units
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Premier Home Inspection

with Thermal Imaging

The Premier Home Inspection designed to bundle the most requested add-on services we offer. All of the elements of the standard home inspection are included plus Thermal Imaging (Infrared camera) to give a more in-depth knowledge of the premise from a visual only perspective. Thermal imaging cameras are used to conduct infrared surveys inside and outside of the home to detect potential issues with the property. Thermal inspections are more commonly used inside because there are relatively no outside factors such as wind and other variables that can disrupt the thermal readings.

Basically, a few hundred dollars extra cost for an inspection using an extra element i.e. Infrared camera can end up saving you thousands.

Thermal building inspections can detect a wide array of issues

Moisture & leaks. Moisture in the home is one of the most important issues to detect, as it can signify the presence of mould which can be very dangerous to health. It can also point to possible roof leaks which can lead to costly repairs if not dealt with in a timely manner.

Are walls insulated? Thermal imaging is also used to evaluate the effectiveness of insulation between walls and in the ceiling. If areas of a building are colder than others, it can point to where more insulation should be placed.

Are pipes insulated? Insulation of pipes must also be evaluated in thermal building inspections.  In colder climates and underground facilities specifically, pipes can freeze and explode.  Thermal inspection of the pipes and surrounding insulating material can identify areas most susceptible to freezing.

Air leaks & door gaps. Air leaks around doors & windows are a common cause of high energy bills. Using thermal imaging to detect gaps will point out where air is escaping.

Electrical. Often circuit breakers can become overheated and inefficient, leading to circuits tripping. Thermal imaging can quickly point out which ones need to be replaced, or point out areas that possibly need to be upgraded.

Thermal Imaging can examine:
  • Moisture & leaks
  • Wall Insulation
  • Pipes Insulation
  • Air leaks & door gaps
  • Electrical
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Premier Home Inspection

with Methamphetamine Check – a Baseline Test

Let us keep you and your family safe by using a Certified Sampler from MethSolution.

How much meth are you happy to buy or live in? For you as the buyer the Baseline service is designed to answer the most basic question - is meth present?

It is very important to request a meth test. For a few hundred dollars it could give much comfort in knowing the house is in a healthy state.

Meth screen testing is easy, safe and no property damage is caused from using the testing kit.

To find out the basics: is there any meth present? One kit will sample 8 areas/rooms. You need to sample lots of areas, ideally every room – a minimum of 8 samples to cover a 3 bedroom property (1 kit).

It is important to note there are limitations with all forms of testing - the home may have been cleaned – repainted/wallpapered – new carpets etc. which means most if not all the residue to provide a positive test has been removed

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The standard home inspection services we offer can be carried out at the same time with a Methamphetamine Check through MethSolution.

To get visual instruction on how to order the Mest test click the button below:

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Pre-Listing Inspections

If you are ready to sell your home and want to ensure the sale process will go smoothly and quickly, you may want to consider a pre-listing home inspection. A pre-listing inspection, which is paid for by the seller or listing agent, provides a written report as to the pre-sale condition of the property. It could uncover any concerns that might compromise a sale, therefore all important elements are inspected as for a pre-purchase inspection

Why get a pre-listing home inspection?

Pre-listing inspections benefit all parties involved, and they are gaining in popularity. Here are seven benefits to a pre-listing home inspection.

  1. Time. Selling agents are given time to help the seller decide what areas to work on to improve the home’s appeal.
  2. Options. Sellers can choose who they want to perform the inspection and assist in providing details of equipment maintenance, supply dates of improvements and explanations for current conditions.
  3. Flexibility. Sellers gain more time to make repairs and compare bids on work to be done and can truly provide full disclosure to their potential buyers.
  4. Accurate pricing. A pre-listing home inspection helps the agent set the seller's price expectation and can be used to substantiate a higher asking price.
  5. No surprises. Agents will have fewer issues to negotiate at the 11th hour, and buyers may even waive their inspection.
  6. Full disclosure. Buyers’ benefits include receiving a third-party review of the home’s condition before making an offer and that can assist in procuring financing.
  7. Stress relief. The inspection can remove doubt in the buyer regarding initial concerns and may reduce the stress associated with purchasing a home.

Safe & Sanitary Reports

Safe & Sanitary reports give advice on the status of a structure or building (from the perspective of being safe and sanitary) of non-consented building work (work that was carried out without a permit, or has not obtained a full set of inspections and are not signed off as completed) prior to 1 July 1992.

Non-consented building work can, at the discretion of the local Territorial Authority, be allowed to remain in place if that work can be demonstrated not to be "dangerous or insanitary". “Dangerous” means likely to cause injury or death to any person(s) or damage to other property; or would give rise to almost certain loss of life in a fire.

“Insanitary” means situated, or constructed, or in such disrepair, as to be offensive or likely to be injurious to health; subject to undue dampness or without adequate potable water or sanitary facilities for the intended use.

What will a typical Safe & Sanitary Report provide?

The Safe & Sanitary report will comment on whether:

  • The building work is safe, including fire safety
  • The dwelling is sanitary - not offensive or likely to be a health risk
  • The dwelling is not affected by dampness
  • The dwelling has adequate potable water or has adequate sanitary facilities

Please be aware if you go ahead and purchase the property then get a safe and sanitary report, ‘Please Note’, the report may identify remedial work needed to bring the dwelling up to standard and this remedial work may require a building consent and the repairs will be at the todays building code and could become quite expensive.

A Territorial Authority may accept from a suitably qualified person, a Safe & Sanitary report and issue a "letter of comfort" acknowledging acceptance of the report. The letter of acceptance is limited to the time of issue, it is non-statutory, it is not a consent or guarantee, and the Territorial Authority retains the right to take further action in the future if the illegal building work becomes dangerous or insanitary.

Some Territorial Authority are registering unauthorised work, however these have not been checked to see if they are safe and sanitary or even meet or come close the building code of the day when constructed.

The Safe & Sanitary report, the letter of acceptance, and the registered unauthorised work will be held in the property’s file and will appear on the land information memorandum (LIM).

Dilapidation Report

The specific purpose of this type of report is to provide an accurate visual record of the existing building and site plus any damage or defects found on the property, not to provide close-up coverage of every small part.

Dilapidation surveys is in the form of a walk-through inspection, which excludes opening up structure and materials or removing samples for detailed examination. As we are not structural engineers, we have not inspected, assessed, recorded, or commented on any property structure, or other assets in terms of structural capability or suitability. Dilapidation surveys extends only to the status of the property at the time of the initial inspection.

Then, either during or after the nearby construction has finished, we come back into the property and reassess for any further damage/defects to the buildings and site.

“It is advisable to have a dilapidation report done if there is a likelihood of construction or demolition work on adjoining properties that may affect the home/building(s).”

Who would we do this for?

  • Neighbours
  • Builders undertaking extensions and renovations
  • New construction projects
  • Roading contractors or home owners where construction work is being completed outside the home/building(s)
  • Work on semi-detached buildings

Dilapidation Reports are specifically aimed at property owners and developers as part of a Development Application. (D.A) concerned about the effects of nearby construction on their homes or Commercial holdings

Dilapidation Reports are usually done in pairs; a stock take of the various cracks or minor faults in the home is performed prior to adjacent or nearby construction and then again after the work has been completed

Photos are taken during both visits and damage inflicted upon the home during the nearby construction can then be pinpointed. A Dilapidation Report is a wise investment in checking the building(s) structural well-being. The peace of mind the report provides is invaluable.

Commercial Inspections

Commercial Property is defined as the building structures located on a parcel of commercial real estate.  These may include structures such as buildings with residential units operated for profit, mixed-use buildings, motels, factories, storage facilities, restaurants and office buildings. Condition Assessments is the collecting of information through visual observation of the specific areas to be inspected and is based on various factors.

Age, occupancy, and the type of construction are all considered when determining how the property will be inspected and the performance criteria needed to complete a quality inspection.

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