What is a home inspection?
There is no universally agreed-upon definition of a home inspection. However, for Informed House Inspection Limited, a home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from the roof to the foundations and everywhere in between. The home inspection is performed in accordance with NZS4306:2005 Residential Building Inspection Standards. Having a home inspected is like giving it a physical check-up. If problems or symptoms are found, the inspector may recommend further evaluation.
How much does an inspection cost?
Our fees are very competitive. A typical pre-purchase inspection of a home 2-3 bedrooms in size is only $595.00 plus GST. Homes of a larger size will incur a larger fee, this will be confirmed at time of booking your inspection. For an independent/cavity inspection (which is highly recommended for monolithic type homes) is only $1195.00 plus GST. Again, if the property is larger than a standard 3 bedroom property, a larger fee will be incurred.
How long will the inspection take?
A typical pre-purchase home inspection takes approximately 1.5 hours. During that time we will examine all the home's systems and components, including, the roof, celling space, basement or crawlspace, heating, plumbing and electrical systems, the visible insulation and ventilation, and the home's structure and exterior. If there is a garage, we will inspect that too. Independent /cavity inspections take approximately 3-4 hours onsite (which includes the invasive cavity section of the report).
Will I be able to attend the inspection?
Yes. We encourage all our clients to come along on the inspection. It's the best way to learn about the home. It's also the perfect time to ask the inspector questions about specific concerns you may have, and to learn about the home's maintenance requirements. Our report will then address your specific concerns along with the items we normally cover. (If you wish to be present at the inspection I do recommend arriving 1 hour after the arranged start time of inspection so the inspector can concentrate on the task at hand).
How quickly can I get my report?
Reports typically are completed within 48 hours of the inspection, but often the same day. Because we do not provide abbreviated reports or simple checklists as many companies do, you will not receive the report at the end of the inspection. Although we may cover verbally what we have observed with you, we do not feel an on-site check list report is of much value to you. Our written report contains the full benefit of our deliberation on site and after the inspection.
Who gets a copy of the home inspection report?
Only our client gets a copy of the inspection report. The report is confidential and will only be given to other parties with our client's consent.
Is the home inspection industry regulated?
Along with appraisals and title searches, home inspections have become a standard part of the home buying process. However, the home inspection industry in New Zealand is not regulated. Anyone can call themselves a home inspector. Many inspectors come from the construction trade and may have previously been roofers or carpenters. Though this provides a good basis for becoming a home inspector, without proper training in all areas of home design and construction, the inspector may not be fully qualified.
Are you a FULL-TIME inspector?
Yes. I am a full-time inspector throughout Wellington, from Wairarapa, Hutt Valley to Kapiti Coast. This is my only job, and I make my living solely from home inspections. There are many inspectors who only work at the profession on a part-time basis, and continue to work their regular construction jobs for a living. I work full-time at home inspections, and at continuing my education to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and technologies so I can provide clients with the very best service available.
What qualifications / experience do you have?
I have over 34 years’ experience in residential construction. I constantly work at upgrading my knowledge of new and older technologies through continuing education to ensure my clients receive the very best and latest information related to building science. My in-depth knowledge of all aspects of residential housing is essential to give my clients complete piece of mind on the biggest investment you’ll make in a lifetime.
Can a house fail an inspection?
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of your prospective home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what may need repair or replacement.
What if the report reveals problems? Should I buy the house?
No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn't necessarily mean you shouldn't buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. A seller may adjust the purchase price or contract terms if major problems are found. If your budget is tight, or if you don't wish to become involved in future repair work, this information will be extremely important to you.
If the house is found to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?
Definitely. Now you can finalize your home purchase with your eyes open as to the condition of the property and all its equipment and systems. You will also have learned many things about your new home, like maintenance requirements, from the inspector's written report, and will want to keep that information for future reference.
Do I have to use one of the inspectors on the list provided by my realtor? No. You should call a number of inspectors and retain the services of the one you are the most comfortable with. It is very important that the inspector you engage has full insurance cover.
Why should I use Informed House Inspections Limited instead of a competitor?
In addition to being well experienced and trained, I am an Independent Inspector. This means that I work ONLY for the buyer, not the realtors or the seller. My main focus is to ensure that you have as much information as possible about the home you are proposing to buy or sell, so that you can make an informed decision. After all, when smart people are provided with good information, they are better able to make wise decisions.
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