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1234 Main St.
Wellington, Wellington 6022
14/12/2019 9:00AM

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Agent Name

Agency Name
137
Items Inspected
2
Maintenance item
4
Issues found & recommendations

1 - Inspection Details

In Attendance
Client, Inquest Inspector
Occupancy
Furnished, Occupied
Style of building
Villa

For a wealth of information on common New Zealand style homes and how they are constructed, materials used visit: Renovate- BRANZ and Branz - Weathertight

We recommend to all property owners or potential owners to obtain a LIM report, this should show any consented additions. Here's where you can order:  WCC Property Reports

Temperature (approximate)
12 Celsius (C)
Type of Building
Detached

We Advise you to carry out a "Title Search", here's a link to information on Ownership of Property. LINZ Property Ownership

Here's a link to further information and order forms. LINZ Land Records   

For multi flat properties we recommend inquiring about the interfloor fire rating specification.

Wind Zone
Very High

Windzone is determined by the Council and will dictate the level of design features to be installed if any building consent is required going forward. Click on your relevant council for a full map: WCC  PCC  HCC  UHCC KCDC

Equipment
Ladder, Tablet, SLR camera, Moisture meter - EX Tech M0257

Moisture readings:

We interpret results not going solely on the numbers on the screen, but a variety of factors. We will indicate dampness and risk of a leak on an item where necessary. 

See the moisture reading attachment for a breakdown of moisture testing notes and guidelines and how we interpret them.

Weather Conditions
Clear, Recent Rain, Sunny

The weather changes throughout the day, as I'm sure you know living in Wellington. It's not uncommon for report results to vary on account of recent weather, take the last few days into consideration. Wellington Weather past 14 days 

About this inspection

This inspection attempts to identify significant defects, overdue maintenance, future maintenance issues, gradual deterioration, inferior building work, and/or other areas of concern. An inspection carried out in accordance with NZS 4306 2005 is not a statement that a property complies with the requirement of any regulation or bylaw, nor is the report a warranty against any problems developing after the date of the property report. Refer to NZS 4306 2005 for full detail.


Any questions relating to this report please contact me on the below:

Adam Collins

Director, Certified Builder & Licenced Building Practitioner

Inquest Property Inspections and Building Consultancy

021 0372132 | inquest.kiwi@gmail.com |  www.inquest.co.nz

2 - Certification

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Certification


 

Certificate of inspection in accordance with NZS 4306:2005


Client:                     xxxx
Site Address:         xxx

Inspector:              Adam Collins
Company:              Inquest Limited              
Qualifications:       Licensed Building Practitioner (132631); 
                                  National certificate Carpentry Advanced; 
                                  National Certificate Roofing Level 4; 
                                  NZQA Asbestos Identification all classes and Removal of class B
 
Date of inspection: 24/9/2019      

I hereby certify that I have carried out the inspection of the property site at the above address in accordance with NZS4306 2005 Residential Property Inspection and I am competent to undertake this inspection.

Signature:                Date:24/9/2019

An inspection carried out in accordance with NZS 4306 2005 is not a statement that a property complies with the requirement of any regulation or bylaw, nor is the report a warranty against any problems developing after the date of the property report. Refer to NZS 4306 2005 for full detail.
  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • I = Issues Found & Recommendations

3 - Tips on how to navigate/read this report

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3.1 Tips on how to read this report
Tips on how to read this report: Tips on how to navigate this report and examples

LIST OF INSPECTED ITEMS: (see image below for visual example)
We include a full list of what we have inspected for your reference of what we have checked

For example, a list may say:
Our inspector will look for sufficient evidence in relation to these commonly known problems associated with this material type or system: Timber floors  - Springiness, Squeaky boards, Significant shrinkage, Rot, Noticeably out of level, Uneven surface, Dampness and moisture damage, Evidence of borer  

Any minor defects from the list found are noted below the list as a comment or detailed in the issue/recommendation/safety hazard section.


IMAGES: (see image below for visual example)

On images, click on, or hover over, the small comment box in the bottom left corner for the comment text to appear (in PDF it is shown in full detail)


COST ESTIMATES:
These are based on our knowledge for repairs and are estimates only as a guide.  We have not allowed costs for specific access to property/area (i.e scaffolding if required or degree of difficulty due to sloping section/poor egress etc).

There is often more than one way to do things, and in some cases issues need a troubleshooting process that begins with the least destructive fix, scaling up as necessary with a process of elimination. We recommend a discussion with us on the item itself for advice.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • I = Issues Found & Recommendations

4 - Interpreting moisture testing results

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Interpreting moisture testing results

Moisture testing results interpretation - non-invasive inspection

It is up to us as the inspector to interpret moisture testing results, not going solely on the numbers on the screen but a variety of factors.  We will indicate dampness and risk of rainwater ingress on all building substrates and design features individually and where necessary. 

We initially focus on areas with any visual signs of leaking (ie swollen mdf and surface mould).  Particular points of interest are corners of windows where walls meet the ground floor or adjacent roof, deck or awning.  Curved surfaces can affect reading and generally we don't use the moisture metre on any exterior plaster, mainly because of texture and some plastering materials have metal mesh inside the plaster which will provide false readings.

Below is a breakdown of moisture testing notes and guidelines and how we interpret them.

Readings as per manufactures notes of the Moisture meter - Ex Tech M0257

In NZ it is common to have timber or steel behind the interior wall linings. Timber will increase the reading slightly so you may get normal readings of 38-45.  I think 30 being the baseline between "Dry" and "Risk" is a bit low because of this.  We consider something damp if the reading is above 45.  We have done testing on purposely wetted building substrates in order to dispel any myths on the manufactures typical measure level of testing for NZs most commonly used products.

When testing we have to consider that when the material is denser the reading will be higher. If testing on a piece of typical timber framing we might get reading in the low 40s and we consider those to be normal as well, we also take into consideration the species of timber being tested, for example the native timber framing typical to a turn of the century Villa (heart Rimu or Totara), is denser than that of modern designed, treated pine Eg, Heart Rimu will measure at around 48-52 using this tool, we can safely consider this to be dry (as per conditional baseline tests).

Metal will give false readings on a moisture metre, due to conductivity. you can normally tell its metal as its a small isolated place.  Things like foil backed Gib will also give false readings although these readings will be consistent over a large portion of the wall.   We take comparative readings on a similar surface somewhere else in the same room and provide photographs to cross-check and provide the reader something to compare to. 

In summer some areas will dry out due to lack of weather, but our experience and scientific knowledge from others (BRANZ) found that when moisture gets trapped in a wall it can stay in there for periods of well over a year. Temperature doesn't affect readings on the day.

Ceilings will generally always show visible signs of a leak, which we cover in our visual inspection along with moisture meter to assess moisture content and whether the problem has been repaired or not.

It is not uncommon for a property to experience some intermittent leaking with extreme weather events which can result in water being driven between material intersections or around window frames etc. It is not possible to predict the effects of weather events during the inspection.

So, in conclusion, it is an educated interpretation that can highlight a moisture issue. When in doubt, please call us to discuss the area of concern.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • I = Issues Found & Recommendations

5 - Site

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5.1 Contour grading and site run off X
5.2 Fencing X
5.3 Paths X
5.4 Driveway X
5.5 Steps X
5.6 Foliage X
Inspection method
Visual

Our inspector will look for sufficient evidence in relation to these commonly known problems associated with this material type or system
Site features - Orientation of living spaces, site exposure, contour, vegetation, Paths, steps, handrails and driveways - Condition, Drainage, Safety of use Fencing - Material height, Condition Surface water control - Signs of ponding, Water flow towards house 

Orientation of living spaces

Single level dwelling, all rooms serviced via a common hallway.

Open plan kitchen and living areas.

Detached garage and garden shed.

Contour grading and site run off: Grading assessment
Mellow, Adequate drainage features

This property is managing site runoff well, the surrounding grounds are sloping away from the house and there are some good drainage features installed where necessary

Fencing: Inspected
Timber
Paths: Inspected
Concrete
Driveway: Inspected
Asphalt, Concrete
Steps: Inspected
Concrete, Timber, Handrail, Safe egress
Foliage: Inspected
  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • I = Issues Found & Recommendations

6 - Construction Type

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6.1 Timber Framed X
Inspection method
Visual

Our inspector will look for sufficient evidence in relation to these commonly known problems associated with this material type or system: 
Timber framed -  Verticality and alignment, Dampness and moisture damage, Structural integrity, Borer 

Timber Framed : Assessment

This structure is in great form for its age. It has been placed well on this site and is still standing level and plumb, straight ridgelines and plumb interior walls no sign of settlement or movement. 

Extensions from original build to note, kitchen, dining room, laundry and main bathroom. please check building records for more information.

Information:

Timber frame buildings are the most common residential structure using various species of timber ranging from native hardwoods to softer introduced species which were generally treated for borer resistance and exposed framing members were treated for moisture resistance.

It is impossible to rule out the presence of borer in any timber building. You will find this not only in the framework but throughout the house in the soft timber furnishings including flooring and trim (or anything made of untreated timber)

Here are some helpful links describing the attributes similar to this type:
Wall framing
Weathertight Timber treatment

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • I = Issues Found & Recommendations

7 - Foundation - Construction

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7.1 Concrete pile X X
Inspection Method
Visual - Crawl Inside

Our inspector will look for sufficient evidence in relation to these commonly known problems associated with this material type or system: 
Concrete pile - Pile to bearer connections, Obvious structural alteration, Instability

Concrete pile: Assessment

These concrete piles are in great condition, vertically aligned and well connected, elevating the framing members to a suitable height from ground levels.

Information:
The function of a foundation is to provide resistance to the vertical and horizontal loads acting on a building by transferring those forces to the ground.

Here are some helpful links describing the attributes of this type,

Foundations and Subfloor Framing - BRANZ Renovate

Piles

Limited access

I wasn't able to properly assess all aspects of this area due to limited access.  I was able to obtain a series of photos to study from various access points.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • I = Issues Found & Recommendations
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Comment
7.1.1 - Concrete pile

Structural alteration

These two stump piles have been cut and added onto in a way that has reduced stability. These piles provide good vertical support, but not so much for the horizontal load. They won't cause issues as they are but check these after significant seismic activity, if they look crooked they should be replaced.

Contractor Builder

8 - Foundation - Subfloor

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8.1 Subfloor Space X
Inspection Method
Visual - Crawl Inside

Our inspector has looked for sufficient evidence in relation to these commonly known problems associated with this material type or system: 
Debris, Adequate drainage, Ground clearance of timber framing, Electrical type present, Flooring type, Insect/Pest presence, Joist and bracing, Plumbing type present, Rotting timbers

Subfloor Space: General Condition Assessment
Good

Good ventillation and ground clearance for the most part.

Subfloor Space: Electrical wiring : Type
Thermoplastic-sheathed, Supported

Thermoplastic-sheathed cable (TPS) consists of an outer toughened sheath of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) (the thermoplastic element) covering one or more individual cables which are PVC insulated annealed copper conductors and is the modern go-to specification.

Electrical systems have been visually identified however this is not a detailed assessment with circuit testing carried out. A registered Electrician will be required to provide a more detailed assessment if desired.

Subfloor Space: Floor : Type
Timber
Subfloor Space: Inspected for presence of insect/pest

No obvious sign of a large scale borer infestation, however, it is impossible to rule out the presence of borer in a building of this age.

If concerned contact Borer Wellington

Subfloor Space: Ground Vapour Barrier
Not present

Currently, no gound vapor barrier requirements for existing properties used as private residence however, if you are considering this as a rental property take note of the requirements of the healthy home standards,

Subfloor Space: Insulation : Type
Polyester, Appropriate thickness, Appropriate coverage, Good condition

Currently, no insulation requirements for existing properties used as private residence however, if you are considering this as a rental property take note of the requirements of the healthy home standards regarding insulation.

Subfloor Space: Plumbing : Type
Copper, Pvc, Gas Pipe, Pollybuteline

Plumbing system/pipes have been visually identified however this is not a detailed assessment with pressure testing carried out. A registered plumber will be required to provide a more detailed assessment if desired.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • I = Issues Found & Recommendations

9 - Exterior - Cladding System

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9.1 Weatherboard - Timber X X
9.2 Baseboards X X
Inspection method
Visual

Our inspector has looked for sufficient evidence in relation to these commonly known problems associated with this material type or system: 
Weatherboard - Surface finish, Weathertightness risk, Clearances, Penetrations, Cavity, Physical damage, Flashings, Alignment, Facings and trims, Splitting and rot, Visible fixings and soakers, Shrinkage, Buckling, Bowing and cupping

General Condition Assessment
Good
Weatherboard - Timber: Cladding system assessment

This directly fixed, Wellington profile, timber weatherboard is in good condition and has been well maintained. Some paint bubble on the northern wall, one split board some rough-looking Box corners, not causing issues.

Wellington profile boards in native timber (common material used at this time of construction was Rimu, you may find the odd replacement board in pine).

Information:
Here's a helpful link describing the attributes of this type:

Timber Weatherboard cladding

Baseboards: Assessment

Baseboards used here are both timber weatherboard and slat., good allowance for ventilation.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • I = Issues Found & Recommendations
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Comment
9.1.1 - Weatherboard - Timber

Wall Penetrations

These Points of discharge should have hooded shrouds installed, otherwise, they are essentially large holes in your cladding system. Ensure they are properly sealed from above, it is common practice to use a head flashing over a wall penetration. 

Here's where to find them.

Wrenches Handyman
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Comment
9.1.2 - Weatherboard - Timber

Scribers/Plugs

The majority of external corner trims and wall penetrations including windows do not have Rustic plugs. These provide considerable protection against rainwater ingress and are part of the specification, for the installation of this product.

Window Window Repair and Installation Contractor
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Comment
9.2.1 - Baseboards

Predicted rot - baseboards

The driveway and a section of path have been incorrectly installed against the house. 

Timber baseboards that have been submerged in the concrete or similar material will rot. They should have been removed and permanent boxing to be fitted prior to concrete placement.  This would allow for subfloor ventilation and a cladding drip edge, maintaining suitable clearance.

Find your local builder here: NZCB

Contractor Qualified Professional

10 - Exterior - Joinery

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10.1 Timber units - Door and window X
Inspection method
Visual

Our inspector has looked for sufficient evidence in relation to these commonly known problems associated with this material type or system: 
Timber units - Door panel condition and fittings, Hardware, Security, Passive ventilation, Facings and trims, Flashings, Putty/timber beads, Water staining, Rotting frames sills, Reveals, Surface finish, Operation and fit, Broken glass, Door panel fittings, sash fittings

General Condition Assessment
Good
Timber units - Door and window : Joinery - Assessment
Painted Timber

The timber units are well flashed and scribers installed to a high level of workmanship, are functional and offer a reasonable level of security.  They are currently in overall good condition and have been meticulously maintained.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • I = Issues Found & Recommendations
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Comment
10.1.1 - Timber units - Door and window

Draughty joinery

This back door unit is draughty, this puts them at risk of capillary action drawing water into the home at this point. Some elevated moisture reading inside here too.

See: Forces acting on water

        Solution for Cills.

        Solution for sides and head.

Contractor Qualified Professional

11 - Roof exterior

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11.1 Material - Profiled metal X
11.2 Eaves, Soffits, Fascia X
Inspection Method
Ground, Ladder, SLR Camera Zoom

Our inspector will look for sufficient evidence in relation to these commonly known problems associated with this material type or system:  
Eaves/Soffit/Fascia - Damage, Deterioration, Dampness, Reverse sloping soffit, Rot, Exposed rafters, Approximate width
Profiled metal - Pitch appropriate to material type, Surface damage and deterioration, Penetrations (skylights vents and flues), Flashings, Ridges valleys barges, Parapets, Roof to wall junctions, mounted objects, Sealants Sagging, Inadequate repairs, Lapping, Turn ups and tum downs, Deflections, Span, Ponding, Run-off from dissimilar or incompatible materials, Damage to ribs, Sealants, Sagging, Fixings

Material - Profiled metal: General Condition Assessment
Good

This roof is in good condition and has been installed to a high level of workmanship.

Due to good maintenance (mainly the paint coating), it's in surprisingly good condition for its age. There is no obvious sign of leaking in the ceilings below. However, this roof cladding system does have a few potential issues. 

All roof claddings have a minimum permitted pitch either the minimum recommended by the manufacturer or as set out in E2/AS1 (see Table 1) building code amendments, this roofing type is appropriate for the pitch.

Eaves, Soffits, Fascia: General Condition Assessment
Good
Eaves, Soffits, Fascia: Eaves/soffit - Inspected
Material used - Fibre cement product, Material used - Timber

The soffit material may, or may not, be an asbestos containing material product, Currently in good condition.

See asbestos section at end of report.

Eaves, Soffits, Fascia: Fascia - Inspected
Material used - Timber
Safe access

It is outside the scope of inspection to climb onto a roof any higher than a 3m ladder could access. 

I didn't find any reason to investigate further based on inspection from the inside.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • I = Issues Found & Recommendations
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Comment
11.1.1 - Material - Profiled metal

Design - High risk

The design team has done a great job making these extended rooms appear in keeping with the original design however this collection of transitions between dissimilar substrates in this area have not been well thought through and is at high risk of rainwater ingress.

It is not currently causing any issues.

Contractor Qualified Professional

12 - Roof drainage systems

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12.1 External spouting and down pipes X
Inspection method
Visual, ladder, SLR Camera zoom

Our inspector will look for sufficient evidence in relation to these commonly known problems associated with this material type or system: 
Down pipes - Damage, Corrosion, Leakage,  Fixings, Point of discharge, Shrinkage 
External spouting - Positioning, Fall, Fixing, Obstruction, Damage, Corrosion, Leakage, Depth and overflow, Rainwater heads and droppers, Fixings, Point of discharge, Shrinkage) 
Concealed spouting - Positioning, Fall, Fixing, Obstruction, Damage, Corrosion, Leakage, Depth and overflow, Rainwater heads and droppers, Fixings, Point of discharge, Shrinkage
Internal gutter - Positioning, Fall, Fixing, Obstruction, Damage, Corrosion, Leakage, Depth and overflow, Rainwater heads and droppers

External spouting and down pipes: General Condition Assessment
Average, Material - UPVC
  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • I = Issues Found & Recommendations

13 - Exterior - Decks and Pergolas etc

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13.1 Patios X
Inspection Method
Visual

Our inspector will look for sufficient evidence in relation to these commonly known problems associated with this material type or system: 
Patios -Thresholds (step downs), Clearances

Patios: Inspected
Paving, Average clearances
Patios: General Condition Assessment
Good
  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • I = Issues Found & Recommendations

14 - Roofspace

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14.1 Insulation X
14.2 Roofing framing & connections X
14.3 Services X
Inspection method
Visual from access hole

Our inspector will look for sufficient evidence in relation to these commonly known problems associated with this material type or system: 
Roof framing - Roof cladding, Roof frame construction, Ceiling construction, Obvious structural alteration, Party wall fireproofing, Roof underlay and support, Rotting timbers, Evidence of birds and rodents, Fan discharge to roof space, Connections, Services Support, Leakage, Masonry tile tie downs 
Insulation - Clearance to light fittings, Appropriate coverage, Appropriate thickness
Services - Plumbing type present, leakage and support, Electrical wiring type and support, Tile fixings

General Condition Assessment
Good
Insulation: Inspected
Insulation type - Polyester, Appropriate coverage, Appropriate thickness

Currently, no insulation requirements for existing properties used as private residence however, if you are considering this as a rental property take note of the requirements of the healthy home standards regarding insulation.

Roofing framing & connections : General Condition Assessment
Good
Services: Type present
Ventilation system

Thermoplastic-sheathed cable (TPS) consists of an outer toughened sheath of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) (the thermoplastic element) covering one or more individual cables which are PVC insulated annealed copper conductors and is the modern go-to specification.

Electrical and plumbing system/pipes have been visually identified however this is not a detailed assessment with circuit or pressure testing carried out. A registered electrician or plumber will be required to provide a more detailed assessment if desired

Limited access

There is a ceiling access point in the hallway. It would take a contortionist to gain access, I was able to reach in and take some photo's, was not concerned about this area due to the condition of the roof application and condition of ceilings below. 

Roofing framing & connections : Obstruction

Was not able to inspect the rafter to wall connection without removing the insulation.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • I = Issues Found & Recommendations

15 - Interior - Hallway

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15.1 General X
15.2 Ceiling X
15.3 Walls X
15.4 Trim X
15.5 Doors and frames X
15.6 Timber floors X
15.7 Electrical and Heating X
General: Inspection method
Visual, Moisture reading

Our inspector will look for sufficient evidence in relation to these commonly known problems associated with this material type or system: 
Ceiling - Sagging, Nails popping, Damaged lining, Cracking, Dampness and moisture damage 
Floors - Springiness, Squeaky boards, Significant shrinkage, Rot, Noticeably out of level, Uneven surface, Dampness and moisture damage, Evidence of borer 
Trim - Missing trim, Swollen MDF, Poor workmanship, Borer, Split 
Walls- Bulging, Damaged lining, Cracking, Nails popping Doors - Binding loose or badly fitting doors, Defective door hardware, Door stops., Damage to frames and trim Electrical -Lights and switches, Power outlets, Working

General: General Condition Assessment
Good
Ceiling : Inspected
Material - Plasterboard
Walls: Inspected
Material - Plasterboard
Trim: Inspected
Doors and frames: Inspected
Type - Hinged, Type - Solid core
Timber floors: Inspected
Electrical and Heating: Electrical type and operation inspected
Lights and switches, Power outlets, Working
Electrical and Heating: Heating type and operation inspected
None
  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • I = Issues Found & Recommendations

16 - Interior - Kitchen & dining

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16.1 General X
16.2 Ceiling X
16.3 Walls X
16.4 Doors and frames X
16.5 Trim X
16.6 Concrete floors X
16.7 Timber floors X
16.8 Cabinetry X
16.9 Splashback X
16.10 Bench top X
16.11 Sink X
16.12 Range hood / Air extraction X
16.13 Electrical X
General: Inspection method
Visual, Moisture reading

Our inspector will look for sufficient evidence in relation to these commonly known problems associated with this material type or system: 
Ceiling -Sagging, Nails popping, Damaged lining, Cracking, Dampness and moisture damage, Spray textured coating (possibility of asbestos) 
Walls - Bulging, Nails popping, Damaged lining, Cracking, Dampness and moisture 
Doors - Binding loose or badly fitting doors, Defective door hardware, Door stops., Damage to frames and trim Electrical - Lights and switches, Power outlets, Working 
Floors - Springiness, Squeaky boards, Significant shrinkage, Rot, Noticeably out of level, Uneven surface, Dampness and moisture damage, Evidence of borer 
Cabinetry -Damage, Fittings and hardware, Operation of doors and drawers. 
Benchtop  -Lifting or delamination, Damage 
Sink - Operation of taps, Waste/traps, Leakage, Water hammer, Waste disposal unit 
Range hood - Mechanical extraction, Point of discharge outdoor, Working 
Splashback - Cracked, Bench upstand

General: General Condition Assessment
Excellent

Extensive digital moisture scanning and experienced visual assessment were carried out, our interpretation indicates dry on day of inspection. See moisture testing section for method info.

Ceiling : Inspected
Material - Plasterboard, Material - Timber
Walls: Inspected
Material - Plasterboard
Doors and frames: Inspected
Type - Hinged, Type - Hollow core
Trim: Inspected
Concrete floors: Inspected
Timber floors: Inspected
Cabinetry: Inspected
Material - Laminated
Splashback: Inspected
Material - Tiles
Bench top: Inspected
Material - Timber
Sink: Inspected
Material - Stainless steel
Range hood / Air extraction : Inspected and operation assessment
Mechanical extraction, Point of discharge outdoor, Working

Note, for rental properties, a range hood discharged to the outdoor is required to be installed to meet the healthy homes standards.

Electrical: Type and operation inspected
Lights and switches, Power outlets, Working
  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • I = Issues Found & Recommendations

17 - Interior - Living room

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17.1 General X
17.2 Ceiling X
17.3 Trim X
17.4 Walls X
17.5 Doors and frames X
17.6 Timber floors X
17.7 Electrical and Heating X
General: Inspection method
Visual, Moisture reading

Our inspector will look for sufficient evidence in relation to these commonly known problems associated with this material type or system: 
Ceiling - Sagging, Nails popping, Damaged lining, Cracking, Dampness and moisture damage 
Floors - Springiness, Squeaky boards, Significant shrinkage, Rot, Noticeably out of level, Uneven surface, Dampness and moisture damage, Evidence of borer 
Trim - Missing trim, Swollen MDF, Poor workmanship, Borer, Split 
Walls- Bulging, Damaged lining, Cracking, Nails popping 
Doors - Binding loose or badly fitting doors, Defective door hardware, Door stops., Damage to frames and trim Electrical -Lights and switches, Power outlets, Working

General: General Condition Assessment
Good

Extensive digital moisture scanning and experienced visual assessment were carried out, our interpretation indicates dry on day of inspection. See moisture testing section for method info.

Ceiling : Inspected
Material - Plasterboard
Trim: Inspected
Walls: Inspected
Material - Plasterboard
Doors and frames: Inspected
Type - Hinged, Type - Hollow core
Timber floors: Inspected
Electrical and Heating: Electrical type and operation inspected
Lights and switches, Power outlets, Working
  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • I = Issues Found & Recommendations

18 - Interior - Lounge or sitting room

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18.1 General X
18.2 Ceiling X
18.3 Walls X
18.4 Trim X
18.5 Doors and frames X
18.6 Timber floors X
18.7 Electrical and Heating X
General: Inspection method
Visual, Moisture reading

Our inspector will look for sufficient evidence in relation to these commonly known problems associated with this material type or system: 
Ceiling - Material - Plasterboard, Sagging, Nails popping, Damaged lining, Cracking, Dampness and moisture damage 
Floors - Springiness, Squeaky boards, Significant shrinkage, Rot, Noticeably out of level, Uneven surface, Dampness and moisture damage, Evidence of borer 
Trim - Missing trim, Swollen MDF, Poor workmanship, Borer, Split 
Walls- Bulging, Damaged lining, Cracking, Nails popping 
Doors - Binding loose or badly fitting doors, Defective door hardware, Door stops., Damage to frames and trim Electrical -Lights and switches, Power outlets, Working

General: General Condition Assessment
Good

Extensive digital moisture scanning and experienced visual assessment were carried out, our interpretation indicates dry on day of inspection. See moisture testing section for method info.

Ceiling : Inspected
Material - Timber
Walls: Inspected
Material - Plasterboard
Trim: Inspected
Doors and frames: Inspected
Type - Hinged, Type - Solid core
Timber floors: Inspected
Electrical and Heating: Electrical type and operation inspected
Lights and switches, Power outlets, Working
Electrical and Heating: Heating type and operation inspected
Live flame gas
  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • I = Issues Found & Recommendations

19 - Interior - Main bathroom

IN NI NP I
19.1 General X
19.2 Walls X
19.3 Ceiling X
19.4 Trim X
19.5 Doors and frames X
19.6 Cistern, pan and seat X
19.7 Ventilation X
19.8 Vanity/washbasin X
19.9 Shower X
19.10 Bath X
19.11 Electrical X
General: Inspection method
Visual, Moisture reading

Our inspector will look for sufficient evidence in relation to these commonly known problems associated with this material type or system: 
Ceiling - Sagging, Nails popping, Damaged lining, Cracking, Dampness and moisture damage 
Walls - Bulging, Nails popping, Damaged lining, Cracking, Dampness and moisture, 

Doors and frames - Binding loose or badly fitting doors, Defective door hardware, Door stops., Damage to frames and trim
Floors - Springiness, Squeaky boards, Significant shrinkage, Rot, Noticeably out of level, Uneven surface, Dampness and moisture damage, Evidence of borer 
Cistern, pan, seat - Cracking, Seat, Leakage, Stability, Flush Operation, Bidet 

Trim - Missing trim, Swollen MDF, split, Poor workmanship, Borer 
Vanity/Basin - Leakage, Operation of taps and wastes, Water hammer, Doors and drawers, Adequately sealed at junction with wall 
Bath -  Bulging, Nails popping, Damaged lining, Cracking, Dampness and moisture, 
Shower - Leakage, Adequacy of flow, Wet wall linings, Operation of taps and wastes, Water hammer, Screen material and operation 
Ventilation - Point of discharge  

Electrical and heating -Lights and switches, Power outlets, heating type 

General: General Condition Assessment
Excellent

Extensive digital moisture scanning and experienced visual assessment were carried out, our interpretation indicates dry on day of inspection. See moisture testing section for method info.

Walls: Inspected
Material - Plasterboard
Ceiling : Inspected
Material - Plasterboard
Trim: Inspected
Doors and frames: Inspected
Type - Hinged, Type - Solid core
Cistern, pan and seat: Inspected

The pan is safely secured, the seat is operational and we have estimated the cistern capacity to be suitable for the pan combination, this is fit for purpose.

Ventilation: Inspected
Mechanical ventilation, Point of discharge, Ducted outdoor

Note, for rental properties, an extraction fan discharging to the outdoor is required to be installed to meet the healthy homes standards.

Vanity/washbasin: Inspected
Shower: Inspected
Bath: Inspected
Type - acrylic on fibreglass
Electrical: Type and operation inspected
Lights and switches, Power outlets, Working
  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • I = Issues Found & Recommendations

20 - Interior - Master bedroom

IN NI NP I
20.1 General X
20.2 Ceiling X
20.3 Trim X
20.4 Doors and frames X
20.5 Walls X
20.6 Timber floors X
20.7 Electrical and Heating X
General: Inspection method
Visual, Moisture reading

Our inspector will look for sufficient evidence in relation to these commonly known problems associated with this material type or system: 
Ceiling - Material, Sagging, Nails popping, Damaged lining, Cracking, Dampness and moisture damage 
Floors - Springiness, Squeaky boards, Significant shrinkage, Rot, Noticeably out of level, Uneven surface, Dampness and moisture damage, Evidence of borer
Trim - Missing trim, Swollen MDF, Poor workmanship, Borer, Split Walls- Bulging, Damaged lining, Cracking, Nails popping Doors - Binding loose or badly fitting doors, Defective door hardware, Door stops., Damage to frames and trim Electrical -Lights and switches, Power outlets, Working 

General: General Condition Assessment
Good

Extensive digital moisture scanning and experienced visual assessment were carried out, our interpretation indicates dry on day of inspection. See moisture testing section for method info.

Ceiling : Inspected
Material - Timber

This ceiling has a but of sag in it, a strongback may be required if it gets worse. These 100+yo timber ceilings have a bit of weight in them, the ceiling rafters may be a bit light for the span of this room.

Trim: Inspected
Doors and frames: Inspected
Type - Hinged, Type - Hollow core
Walls: Inspected
Material - Plasterboard
Timber floors: Inspected
Electrical and Heating: Electrical type and operation inspected
Lights and switches, Power outlets, Working
Electrical and Heating: Heating type and operation inspected
None
  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • I = Issues Found & Recommendations

21 - Interior - Ensuite

IN NI NP I
21.1 General X
21.2 Ceiling X
21.3 Walls X
21.4 Trim X
21.5 Doors and frames X
21.6 Timber floors X
21.7 Cistern, pan and seat X
21.8 Vanity/washbasin X
21.9 Ventilation X
21.10 Shower X
21.11 Electrical and Heating X
General: Inspection method
Visual, Moisture reading

Our inspector will look for sufficient evidence in relation to these commonly known problems associated with this material type or system: 
Ceiling - Sagging, Nails popping, Damaged lining, Cracking, Dampness and moisture damage 
Doors and frames - Binding loose or badly fitting doors, Defective door hardware, Door stops., Damage to frames and trim
Electrical and heating -Lights and switches, Power outlets, heating type 
Floors - Springiness, Squeaky boards, Significant shrinkage, Rot, Noticeably out of level, Uneven surface, Dampness and moisture damage, Evidence of borer 
Trim - Missing trim, Swollen MDF, split, Poor workmanship, Borer 
Walls - Bulging, Nails popping, Damaged lining, Cracking, Dampness and moisture, 
Vanity/Basin - Leakage, Operation of taps and wastes, Water hammer, Doors and drawers, Adequately sealed at junction with wall 
Bath -  Bulging, Nails popping, Damaged lining, Cracking, Dampness and moisture, 
Cistern, pan, seat - Cracking, Seat, Leakage, Stability, Flush Operation, Bidet 
Shower - Leakage, Adequacy of flow, Wet wall linings, Operation of taps and wastes, Water hammer, Screen material and operation 
Ventilation - Point of discharge

General: General Condition Assessment
Excellent

Extensive digital moisture scanning and experienced visual assessment were carried out, our interpretation indicates dry on day of inspection. See moisture testing section for method info.

Ceiling : Inspected
Material - Timber
Walls: Inspected
Material - Plasterboard
Trim: Inspected
Doors and frames: Inspected
Type - Cavity slider, Type - Solid core
Timber floors: Inspected
Cistern, pan and seat: Inspected

The pan is safely secured, the seat is operational and we have estimated the cistern capacity to be suitable for the pan combination, this is fit for purpose.

Vanity/washbasin: Inspected
Ventilation: Inspected
Point of discharge

Note, for rental properties, an extraction fan discharging to the outdoor is required to be installed to meet the healthy homes standards.

Shower: Inspected
Electrical and Heating: Electrical type and operation inspected
Lights and switches, Power outlets, Working
Electrical and Heating: Heating type and operation inspected
None
  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • I = Issues Found & Recommendations

22 - Interior - sunroom

IN NI NP I
22.1 General X
22.2 Ceiling X
22.3 Trim X
22.4 Walls X
22.5 Doors and frames X
22.6 Timber floors X
22.7 Electrical and Heating X
General: Inspection method
Visual, Moisture reading

Our inspector will look for sufficient evidence in relation to these commonly known problems associated with this material type or system: 
Ceiling - Sagging, Nails popping, Damaged lining, Cracking, Dampness and moisture damage 
Floors - Springiness, Squeaky boards, Significant shrinkage, Rot, Noticeably out of level, Uneven surface, Dampness and moisture damage, Evidence of borer 
Trim - Missing trim, Swollen MDF, Poor workmanship, Borer, Split 
Walls- Bulging, Damaged lining, Cracking, Nails popping 
Doors - Binding loose or badly fitting doors, Defective door hardware, Door stops., Damage to frames and trim Electrical -Lights and switches, Power outlets, Working

General: General Condition Assessment
Good

Extensive digital moisture scanning and experienced visual assessment were carried out, our interpretation indicates dry on day of inspection. See moisture testing section for method info.

Ceiling : Inspected
Material - Plasterboard
Trim: Inspected

some shrinkage, cosmetic.

Walls: Inspected
Material - Plasterboard
Doors and frames: Inspected
Type - Hinged, Type - Glass panel
Timber floors: Inspected
Electrical and Heating: Electrical type and operation inspected
Lights and switches, Power outlets, Working
Electrical and Heating: Heating type and operation inspected
None
  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • I = Issues Found & Recommendations

23 - Interior - Bedroom 2

IN NI NP I
23.1 General X
23.2 Ceiling X
23.3 Walls X
23.4 Trim X
23.5 Doors and frames X
23.6 Timber floors X
23.7 Electrical and Heating X
General: Inspection method
Visual, Moisture reading

Our inspector will look for sufficient evidence in relation to these commonly known problems associated with this material type or system:
Ceiling - Material, Sagging, Nails popping, Damaged lining, Cracking, Dampness and moisture damage
Floors - Springiness, Squeaky boards, Significant shrinkage, Rot, Noticeably out of level, Uneven surface, Dampness and moisture damage, Evidence of borer
Trim - Missing trim, Swollen MDF, Poor workmanship, Borer, Split
Walls- Bulging, Damaged lining, Cracking, Nails popping
Doors - Binding loose or badly fitting doors, Defective door hardware, Door stops., Damage to frames and trim Electrical -Lights and switches, Power outlets, Working

General: General Condition Assessment
Good

Extensive digital moisture scanning and experienced visual assessment were carried out, our interpretation indicates dry on day of inspection. See moisture testing section for method info.

Ceiling : Inspected
Material - Timber
Walls: Inspected
Material - Plasterboard
Trim: Inspected
Doors and frames: Inspected
Type - Hinged, Type - Hollow core
Timber floors: Inspected
Electrical and Heating: Electrical type and operation inspected
Lights and switches, Power outlets, Working
Electrical and Heating: Heating type and operation inspected
None
  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • I = Issues Found & Recommendations

24 - Interior - Bedroom 3

IN NI NP I
24.1 General X
24.2 Ceiling X
24.3 Walls X
24.4 Trim X
24.5 Doors and frames X
24.6 Timber floors X
24.7 Electrical and Heating X
General: Inspection method
Visual, Moisture reading

Our inspector will look for sufficient evidence in relation to these commonly known problems associated with this material type or system:
Ceiling - Material, Sagging, Nails popping, Damaged lining, Cracking, Dampness and moisture damage
Floors - Springiness, Squeaky boards, Significant shrinkage, Rot, Noticeably out of level, Uneven surface, Dampness and moisture damage, Evidence of borer
Trim - Missing trim, Swollen MDF, Poor workmanship, Borer, Split
Walls- Bulging, Damaged lining, Cracking, Nails popping
Doors - Binding loose or badly fitting doors, Defective door hardware, Door stops., Damage to frames and trim Electrical -Lights and switches, Power outlets, Working 

General: General Condition Assessment
Good

Extensive digital moisture scanning and experienced visual assessment were carried out, our interpretation indicates dry on day of inspection. See moisture testing section for method info.

Ceiling : Inspected
Material - Timber
Walls: Inspected
Material - Plasterboard
Trim: Inspected
Doors and frames: Inspected
Type - Hinged, Type - Hollow core
Timber floors: Inspected
Electrical and Heating: Electrical type and operation inspected
Lights and switches, Power outlets, Working
Electrical and Heating: Heating type and operation inspected
None
  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • I = Issues Found & Recommendations

25 - Interior - Bedroom 4

IN NI NP I
25.1 General X
25.2 Ceiling X
25.3 Walls X
25.4 Trim X
25.5 Doors and frames X
25.6 Timber floors X
25.7 Electrical and Heating X
General: Inspection method
Visual, Moisture reading

Our inspector will look for sufficient evidence in relation to these commonly known problems associated with this material type or system:
Ceiling - Material - Plasterboard, Sagging, Nails popping, Damaged lining, Cracking, Dampness and moisture damage
Floors - Springiness, Squeaky boards, Significant shrinkage, Rot, Noticeably out of level, Uneven surface, Dampness and moisture damage, Evidence of borer 
Trim - Missing trim, Swollen MDF, Poor workmanship, Borer, Split
Walls- Bulging, Damaged lining, Cracking, Nails popping
Doors - Binding loose or badly fitting doors, Defective door hardware, Door stops., Damage to frames and trim Electrical -Lights and switches, Power outlets, Working 

General: General Condition Assessment
Good

Extensive digital moisture scanning and experienced visual assessment were carried out, our interpretation indicates dry on day of inspection. See moisture testing section for method info.

Ceiling : Inspected
Material - Plasterboard
Walls: Inspected
Material - Plasterboard
Trim: Inspected
Doors and frames: Inspected
Type - Hinged, Type - Hollow core
Timber floors: Inspected
Electrical and Heating: Electrical type and operation inspected
Lights and switches, Power outlets, Working
Electrical and Heating: Heating type and operation inspected
None
  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • I = Issues Found & Recommendations

26 - Interior - Laundry

IN NI NP I
26.1 Laundry features X
Inspection method
Visual, Moisture reading

Our inspector will look for sufficient evidence in relation to these commonly known problems associated with this material type or system:
Laundry in joinery - Washing Machine stand pipe, Damage, Leakage, Operation of taps and wastes, Water hammer, Doors and drawers, Tiles, Dryer ventilation point of discharge, fall to floor waste, Fall to floor waste

General Condition Assessment
Good

Extensive digital moisture scanning and experienced visual assessment were carried out, our interpretation indicates dry on day of inspection. See moisture testing section for method info.

Laundry features: Inspected presence of
Presence of washing machine stand pipe, Passive ventilation via window, Ducted outdoor ventilation'
  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • I = Issues Found & Recommendations

27 - Storage

IN NI NP I
27.1 General X
27.2 Storage areas X
General: Inspection method
Visual
Storage areas: Inspected
Wardrobes, Linen cupboard, General storage
  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • I = Issues Found & Recommendations

28 - Garage - Detatched

IN NI NP I
28.1 General X
28.2 Exterior X
28.3 Concrete floors X
28.4 Doors and frames X
28.5 Electrical X
28.6 Garage door X
General: Inspection method
Visual, Moisture reading

Our inspector will look for sufficient evidence in relation to these commonly known problems associated with this material type or system:
Ceiling - Material, Sagging, Nails popping, Damaged lining, Cracking, Dampness and moisture damage
Floors - Springiness, Squeaky boards, Significant shrinkage, Rot, Noticeably out of level, Uneven surface, Dampness and moisture damage, Evidence of borer
Trim - Missing trim, Swollen MDF, Poor workmanship, Borer, Split
Walls- Bulging, Damaged lining, Cracking, Nails popping
Doors - Binding loose or badly fitting doors, Defective door hardware, Door stops., Damage to frames and trim Electrical -Lights and switches, Power outlets, Working Garage door - Door condition, Door operation, Security, Draft stop, Door rebate, Flashings

General: General Condition Assessment
Good
Exterior: Inspected
Profiled metal

Roof and wall cladding in good condition, good foundation, spouting should be cleared out.

Concrete floors: Inspected
Doors and frames: Inspected
Type - Hinged, Type - Hollow core
Electrical: Electrical type and operation inspected
Lights and switches, Power outlets, Working
Garage door: Inspected
  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • I = Issues Found & Recommendations

29 - Services

IN NI NP I
29.1 Inspected presence of X
Inspected presence of : Aerials and antennae
Inspected presence of : Electricity services

The electrical system has been visually inspected however this is not a detailed
assessment with circuit testing carried out.

A registered Electrician will be required for a more detailed assessment if desired. Here is a couple of trade professionals that we trust and will deliver prompt service.

Joseph Moses   - Moses Electrical

Max Stein - MC Electrical

Inspected presence of : Fire warning and control systems (including smoke detectors)

Smoke alarms are present but have not been tested. It is recommended new batteries be installed if run by batteries or tested if they are a 'hardwired' type

Inspected presence of : Foul water disposal
Inspected presence of : Gas services
Inspected presence of : Heating systems

Gas central heating

Inspected presence of : Hot water services
Inspected presence of : Security system
Inspected presence of : Telecommunications
Inspected presence of : Ventilation systems
Inspected presence of : Water services
  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • I = Issues Found & Recommendations

30 - Asbestos (ACM) information

IN NI NP I
Asbestos information

Asbestos was used widely throughout NZ in consumer products and building materials between the 1940's - 2000 and is found in many Kiwi homes, making it commonplace for us to identify suspected possible asbestos material in our inspections

Asbestos is invisible, there is no physical confirmation that it's present and for a lab to verify the presence of asbestos used in any building material, an invasive test sample is required. This will involve removing a small portion of the product and taken to the lab for sample testing. We recommend this is completed safely by a trained independent professional, who knows how to treat the area during sample testing.

Once you have the results, if a product is confirmed to contain asbestos, it is all about the type and condition for how and when you consider dealing with it, and there are often several options available (including in many cases not doing anything if there is no damage or risk of damage as in some situations it is best left alone unless remedial work is required).

There are two classes of Asbestos:  
Class A asbestos is known as friable asbestos. The name is given to asbestos materials that are powdery or can become dust from being crushed when dry. This is considered the most dangerous class of asbestos and should to be dealt with straight away by licensed professionals.

Class B asbestos is considered non-friable as it is bonded asbestos, normally mixed and sealed into products. It is bound tightly and cannot be easily crumbled to expose asbestos fibres.

Bonded asbestos is considered safe if it is maintained. It poses a risk if it is no longer adequately contained in the material it came in (such as due to damage, being cut or drilled into during building work, home maintenance or wear and tear). For this reason, the Ministry of Health advises homeowners not to undertake home maintenance on materials that may contain asbestos, or dispose of such materials themselves. 

Renovation work and Asbestos products

New regulations came into effect in 2018 for trade services to have an asbestos management system in place before carrying out works on a property.

Given these rules you can expect any maintenance to any confirmed asbestos products to be at a higher cost than regular repair costs. 

Here is information from Worksafe on Asbestos for homeowners

Here is the Ministry of Health information

Here is a link to a recent podcast we feature on discussing asbestos in the home.

If you want to talk through any details or information on asbestos on your property, please contact me anytime.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • I = Issues Found & Recommendations

31 - Terms, Conditions, Scope & Limitations

IN NI NP I
31.1 General
General: Terms and Conditions as agreed by client

1: SCOPE OF INSPECTION AND REPORT

  • The purpose of our inspection is to identify and report on significant faults or defects visible at the time of our inspection. To do this, we will perform a visual inspection of the components of the property which our inspector has reasonable access to and which are in his or her clear line of sight.
  • Our inspection will be carried out in accordance with the guidelines set out in NZS 4306:2005.  
  • Our inspector may use a non-intrusive moisture meter around accessible joinery or identified risk areas. However, these meters are aids only as we cannot guarantee their accuracy and their results are not conclusive of any defects, faults or issues.
  • Prior to or during our inspection, you need to notify us of any existing or possible conditions that you are aware of that could materially affect the content of our report.
  • Our report to you following our inspection is not a technically exhaustive investigation and is it not possible to identify and itemise every defect. Our report is intended as a general guide to help you evaluate the overall condition of the property. It is not intended to be an express or implied warranty or guarantee of the condition of the property, its structure, its systems or their components, its adequacy, its merchantability, its fitness for use, or its performance, either now or for the future and it should not be relied on as such.

    2 . IMPORTANT EXCLUSIONS AND LIMITATIONS ON OUR INSPECTION AND REPORT
  • You understand and agree the following exclusions and limitations apply to our inspection and report:
    • Our report does not specifically assess whether the property or any part of it complies with the building code (either the current code or the code at the time it was built) or whether work required or has building or resource consent. Any comments we make regarding these matters should be treated as general in nature and are not to be relied upon.
    • We will not inspect any areas that are concealed, contained, deemed inaccessible, or cannot be seen due to any obstruction including but not limited to wall and ceiling linings, floor coverings, furniture, systems, appliances, vehicles, or any other object.
    • If the property is part of a multiple dwelling building, such as an apartment block, unit title or cross lease property, we will only report on the main dwelling and will not report on any common or communal parts of the property.
    • Our inspection and report do not cover structural stability, environmental hazards, district plan violations, geological stability, soil conditions, or cross lease, boundary or encroachment issues.
    • Unless specifically agreed in the scope of services we will provide to you, we will not report on maintenance issues or defects other than significant faults or defects, being those which require substantial repairs or urgent attention and rectification.
    • Any opinions or indications expressed regarding the cost to remedy any faults or defects, or the adequacy, capacity or expected life of components are estimates only. Generally, our opinions or indications of cost wont include gaining access to parts of the property (such as hiring scaffolding) or any health and safety requirements. You should always obtain your own written quotes from a local licensed building practitioner carrying on business in the relevant trade.
    • We will not test or inspect any automatic garage door mechanisms, fireplaces and chimneys, internal or underground plumbing, wiring or electrical equipment, light switches and fittings, sound and communications, intercom systems or security systems, appliances, smoke alarms and other fire detection systems, heating or cooling appliances, or swimming or spa pools. Where we make any comment regarding these, we comment in general and do not claim to have any expertise. You can engage specialists in these areas to undertake these sorts of inspections and we encourage you to do so.
    • Unless specifically agreed in the scope of services we will provide to you, we will not test for contamination of the property caused by the use, storage or manufacture of controlled drugs or chemicals used in the manufacture of controlled drugs, as defined by the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975.
    • Unless specifically agreed in the scope of services we will provide to you, we will not test for the presence at the property of any toxic material or hazardous substance including but not limited to asbestos, formaldehyde, lead, pesticides, herbicides, animal waste or pest infestation.. Unless we have specifically tested for a specific product, any comments we make identifying the likelihood of the presence of such product are general in nature and should not be relied upon.
    • We will not detect some faults due to the fault only occurring intermittently, or because the fault only occurs after regular use, or because the type of weather that would reveal the fault is not occurring at the time of our inspection or the fault has been deliberately concealed.

      3 .LIMITATIONS REGARDING WEATHERTIGHTNESS 
  • Our report will provide some general information about weathertightness risks in relation to the property in accordance with NZS 4306:2005 and where appropriate comment on specific high-risk design aspects, issues or defects that are readily visible and fall within the scope of our inspection. However, our report does not and cannot provide advice or investigation about whether the property inspected is a leaky home, suffers from toxic mould, rot or fungal growth, or complies with part E2 of the building code or Acceptable Solution E2/AS1. If you are concerned about weathertightness, and particularly if the property inspected has areas of monolithic cladding, no eves, no flashings around windows or a flat roof, you can engage specialists to undertake a comprehensive invasive weathertightness investigation and we strongly encourage you to do so.

    4 .REASONABLE ACCESS REQUIRED
  • For the purposes of these terms, Reasonable Access means the minimum requirements for safe, unobstructed access by our inspector, including but not limited to: roof space manholes with minimum dimensions of 450x400mm and accessible from a ladder of not more than 3.6m in length, ceiling crawl space with minimum dimensions of 610x610mm, subfloor manholes with minimum dimensions of 400x500mm with subfloor crawlspace with a minimum vertical clearance of 500mm, and access to roofs from a ladder of not more than 3.6m in length.
  • You agree to ensure that Reasonable Access can be gained to the property including but not limited to the subfloor foundation spaces and roof cavity or ceiling crawl spaces. You agree that our inspector will not inspect areas where he or she does not have Reasonable Access, or any area or components which are concealed or closed behind finished surfaces (such as plumbing, drainage, heating, framing, ventilation, insulation or wiring) and that our inspector will not move furniture, personal property, equipment, carpet, flooring or any other items or fixtures that limit visibility or access to the components of the home.

    5. FEES & PAYMENT
  • Unless otherwise agreed in writing, you will pay us the agreed fees prior to or upon our inspection taking place. Where any inspection is performed prior to all fees being paid, you will pay us immediately upon receiving our invoice, and we may withhold our report until your payment shows in our bank account.  We will not be liable for any consequence of late delivery of our report due to your late payment.
  • We reserve the right to vary the agreed fee in the event that the complexity of our inspection or the time spent carrying out our inspection communicating with you varies from the normal complexity or time expected.
  • If you do not pay the fees when due, we may charge you a late payment interest charge of 12% of the total amount outstanding each calendar month that the amount is overdue, plus any collection costs we incur.

    6. CONFIDENTIALITY & RELIANCE BY THIRD PARTIES
  • Our report is prepared exclusively for you. It is to be kept confidential and is not to be provided to or relied upon by any person other than you (third party) without our written consent.
  • We accept no responsibility for anything done by any third party and we accept no liability for any loss suffered by any third party in reliance on, whether wholly or in part, our inspection, the contents of our report or any other communication from us whatsoever.
  • You agree to indemnify and keep us indemnified from any and all claims by any third party arising from your release of all or part of our report, a summary of our report or any other communication from us whatsoever. Further, you shall pay all legal costs incurred by us arising from any such claims.

    7. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
  • We retain copyright in any photographs, written designs, drawings, specifications, processes, reports and any other documents created as part of, or for the purpose of our inspection. Our report, in whole or in part, may not be copied, reproduced or translated in any medium by you and shall not be supplied by you to any third parties other than your professional advisers.
  • For the avoidance of doubt, we may reproduce and sell to a third party a copy of our report, provided that all of your personal information is removed from such copy.

    8. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
  • Subject to any statutory provisions, if we become liable to you for any reason or for any loss, damage, harm or injury in any way connected with the completion of our inspection and/or our report, our liability shall be limited to a sum not exceeding the fees paid for our inspection and report.
  • To the maximum extent provided by law, we exclude all liability and responsibility to you (or any third party) in contract, tort (including negligence), or otherwise for any indirect or consequential loss (including loss of profits) or damage resulting, directly or indirectly, from any use of, or reliance on, our inspection or our report. You agree to indemnify us and all directors, officers and employees of us, in respect of any claims concerning any such loss. Further, you shall pay all legal costs incurred by us arising from any such claims

    9. GENERAL
  • You agree that if any part of these terms is held to be invalid, unenforceable or illegal, then the remaining terms shall continue to be in full force and effect.
  • You accept that these terms and any agreement arising from these terms shall be governed by New Zealand law and you submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of New Zealand for any dispute regarding these terms or any services provided to you, including our inspection and our report.
  • We may at any time assign our rights under these terms to any person, company or business entity so long as such assignment does not materially affect your rights under these terms.
  • You may not assign or otherwise transfer any of your rights or obligations under these terms, any statute or in contract, tort or equity to any third party (including any company, trust or any other person that you may nominate or assign as purchaser of any property we inspect) without our prior written consent.
  • Any report produced or provided by us must be read in conjunction with these terms and where an inconsistency between any report produced or provided by us and these terms occurs, these terms shall prevail.
  • You authorise us to collect, retain and use your personal information to allow us to perform our obligations under these terms. You may view or correct this information at any time by contacting the Business Manager at inquest.kiwi@gmail.com.
  • These terms record the entire agreement and arrangement between us and you relating to our inspection, our report and any services we provide you and supersedes all previous agreements or arrangements, whether written, oral or both.

    10. DISPUTES
  • You agree to notify us of any claim or dispute in relation to our services or our report in writing within 14 days of the claim arising. You understand and agree that any failure to notify us as stated in this clause shall constitute a waiver of any and all claims.
  • Except where emergency repairs are required, in the event of a claim or dispute regarding damage or defect to a property, you agree to allow us to investigate the claim prior to any repairs to the property being undertaken or completed.
  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • I = Issues Found & Recommendations