When obtaining a home inspection report, it is important to have a good quality, qualified building inspector to undertake this task. The building inspector should be able to provide you with a comprehensive list of hidden building faults, as well as the additional costs of the repairs the property requires, as a part of the home inspection report. By doing so, you will be able to negotiate with the seller for a lower price, due to the repair costs.

Hiring an unqualified building inspector (which is very common) can yield documents that are ultimately useless, and may fail to identify hidden defects. This can cause issues in the future, with costs revealing themselves after having bought the property.

Here are the qualities you should look for when choosing a building inspector to undertake your home inspection reports.


Ensure that they have the right building qualifications

It is very important that you check the building inspector’s qualifications, to ensure that he is qualified to undertake the tasks required during a pre-purchase house inspection report. These building inspector qualifications should include the ability to find structural defects, previous water, flooding and draining damage, as well as check for electrical, plumbing and HVAC issues.

Building inspections should comply with New Zealand Standard NZS 4306.


The building inspector must be licensed in the industry and have experience

The building inspector you choose must have a form of qualification license within the trades industry, in order to carry out a pre-purchase house inspection report. These can include licensed builder, surveyor or architect. Likewise, it is important for the building inspector to have prior experience, vast experience is preferred. This is to show that they will have the expertise to carry out the pre-purchase house inspection, evaluate the property and prepare a report that details the information required in compliance with NZS 4306.


What will the builder do during a pre-purchase house inspection?

A properly qualified and experienced building inspector will examine the walls of the property (exterior and interior), doors/windows, flooring area(s), roofing, electrical systems, plumbing and drainage systems. Furthermore, they will look for evidence of water damage and termite activity. Whilst carrying out the pre-purchase house inspection, you should watch their activity. The inspector should be tapping on tiles, testing showers and taps (for leaks) and examining the condition of any wooden structures.


What should the pre-purchase house inspection report look like?

The documents included within the report should be comprehensive and easy to read, and provided within one business day. It should further contain an itemized list of the areas that have been checked, and any major defects outlined clearly. Any major defects that are listed should have recommended ways to fix/repair them. Some reports may include a checklist that outlines how serious each defect is, so for you to know which ones to prioritize when repairing. Most importantly, the inspector should be able to explain everything to you in the documents and talk to you about any findings and how you can fix them. Communication is key and sets apart the good inspectors from the bad.

In summary, the pre-purchase house inspection report should be undertaken by a skilled, qualified and experienced building inspector. The qualities to look out for are vast experience, a licenced trade and skills to go with it and comply with New Zealand standards. In addition to this, they should provide a comprehensive and easy to read pre-purchase house inspection report, and be able to answer any questions and concerns you may have with it. The pre-purchase house inspection report is important for you to fix any issues that may become bigger problems down the line, when purchasing a property.