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Articles and Tips for future and current Home Owners and Landlords. Include articles about choosing a building inspector and getting the most out of a house inspection and a building report as well as caring for your property.

Buying a house, apartment or any building is a big commitment. Make sure you are informed. Make sure you choose a quality inspection.

From a customer:

Kevin completed 2 pre-purchase inspections for us. The two locations were opposite ends of the scale with one showing extensive work required and the other very well looked after. Thanks to Kevin's inspection we pulled out of a purchase that would have been a nightmare for us. Kevin's reports were very detailed, professional and excellent in providing us with the information to make an informed decision. Highly recommend using this company for your needs!

Read more from our customers: testimonials and on No Cowboys.

Take our checklist with you for a handy reminder of key things to look for inside and out.

When you are planning to buy a new property, you will likely visit lots of open homes. While you will be focused on whether there are enough bedrooms and whether the garden is big enough, it also pays to have a look for any possible issues with the property.

If it ticks all the boxes, then book a building inspection and report.

hand signing one of the house sale options with a small house and keys

House sale options – all the ways you can buy a house in NZ

When you come to buy a house there are many different ways that It may be advertised for sale. The vendor decides on which of the house sale options to use with advice from their real estate agent. Each one will mean a slightly different approach from you as a buyer. Deadline sale, auction and… Read More

The Standard Building Report Clause

If you are buying or selling a property, you may know that Sale and Purchase Agreements now contain the option of a standard building report clause. The purchaser can choose to include this clause by circling “Yes” at the appropriate place on the front page. We recommend you select yes and get a pre-purchase building report. Do… Read More

pool of water with a drop from a leaky house

What to do if you have a leaky home

A leaky home is one where moisture has got between the exterior cladding and the inside walls and cannot drain away. Many homes built in New Zealand between the late 1980s and the mid-2000s are prone to leaking because of the type of cladding that was used. This monolithic cladding system features textured walls made… Read More

Health home concept for landlord showing toy house wrapped in warm scarf

Landlord responsibilities for insulation in a rental property

In 2019 new standards were bought in covering landlord responsibilities for insurance in a rental property. These standards cover the amount of insulation required and where it should be. Various statements of compliance must now be completed by landlords to show the required insulation is in place. The changes are part of the new Healthy… Read More

model houses showing an buying an older home

Buying an older home – things to look out for

If you are in the market for a new home on a budget, an older house or buying a fixer-upper might be a good choice. But there are plenty of things to look for when buying an older home that might cause you problems. While these might not be potential dealbreakers, they are certainly worth… Read More

a miniature house with a set of keys for people buying a house after Covid-19

Buying a house after Covid-19

The housing market has been shaken by the country’s total Covid-19 lockdown, but there are signs that it is now beginning to move again but with some uncertainty. So, buying a house after Covid-19 may be a good opportunity for first-time or lower budget home buyers to get on the property ladder. However, looking for… Read More

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Checking for weather tightness

When you live in an area with a temperate climate like Auckland you are bound to get a lot of wet weather throughout the year. With so much rainfall potential it is important that your home can withstand the weather. While no home is 100% weathertight but the better the maintenance the more weathertight it… Read More

How to read a building report

If you are planning to buy a house you need to get a professional pre-purchase builder’s report. Once you have had a home inspection carried out you will receive a written builder’s report from your building inspector. What is a builder’s report? The building report gives you a full rundown on the condition of the property… Read More

a man with a pen signing a document representing key documents for buying a house

Key documents for buying a house

Buying a new home usually involves a lot of paperwork, but there are key documents for buying a house that are vital to ensure that your sale goes smoothly and is legal. Before you go unconditional you need to make sure you have all your documents in order. The professionals on your team will help… Read More

drawing of a hand holding out a bag of money to another person's hand which is holding a house - before buying a pre purchase house inspection is necessary

What a pre purchase house inspection covers and why

When you are ready to buy a house when of the things you need to do before you go unconditional is to get a pre purchase inspection. To be prepared, find out what the pre purchase house inspection looks at and why. What a pre purchase house inspection looks at and why Your building inspector… Read More