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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.

a house for sale needs a pre-purchase building report

What you get from a pre-purchase building report

Once you’ve organised an inspection for a property you are planning to buy you will be provided with a pre-purchase building report. The report will help you decide whether to go ahead with the purchase and whether there is anything you need to negotiate with the vendors before agreeing to the sale.  Read our article: Potential… Read More

Non-invasive moisture testing can find hidden leaks

Moisture testing helps find problems in hidden places

‘While some leaks are obvious, other leaks or damp problems can be hidden behind walls, under carpets or in inaccessible spaces like roof spaces. Moisture testing helps to determine whether there are problems that cannot be seen by the naked eye. It also helps to confirm the extent of problems which are presenting other signs…. Read More

collection of tools including drill, hammer and saw that could be needed if you are buying a fixer upper in Auckland

Buying a fixer-upper in Auckland

If you are trying to get on the property ladder with a limited budget, or you are in the market for flipping properties for money, then buying a fixer-upper in Auckland could be the way to go. Properties that need work often come to the market at a lower price and can have value added… Read More

ladder leading on a blue building signifying getting on the property ladder

Tips for getting on the property ladder

Getting a foot on the property ladder in Auckland is a well known hard task these days. But with some hard work and careful planning, it is possible to get a property deal. If you are looking to get on the property ladder there are a few things that might help you. Four tips to… Read More

three piles of coins which could be checked as part of new anti-money laundering legislation

Anti-money laundering – new rules for buying and selling houses

From 2019 real estate agents have to comply with the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act. This means more scrutiny placed on the money and people involved in house sales. What is the new anti-money laundering legislation? More than a billion dollars is laundered each year in New Zealand according to statistics. The… Read More

a half built house with a pile of coins that could be an investment property that needs a pre-purchase rental property inspection

Get a pre-purchase rental property inspection and check your investment is sound

If you are looking to branch out into property investment then choosing the right property is essential to provide a good return on your investment. A pre-purchase rental property inspection can help ensure you aren’t buying a dud. Buying a rental property is different to buying your own home Buying a property as an investment… Read More

hands swapping a house for money after a buyer has used KiwiSaver to help buy a first house

Using KiwiSaver to help buy your first home

With property prices in Auckland high, due to the city’s growth and popularity, buying your first home can sometimes seem an unobtainable dream. But if you are eligible you could use KiwiSaver to help buy your first home – which could make the challenge easier. This option for first-time buyers is becoming a more popular… Read More

A key going into the front door of a house - moving into your new home is an exciting time

A guide for first home buyers – moving into your new home

So you’ve found the perfect home, you’ve made an offer and everything is falling into place. Now is the time for moving into your home and enjoying a new chapter of your life. But before you move in and on moving day there are still a few more things that need to be sorted out…. Read More

a white picket fence belonging to a home. If you are buying a home you need a pre-purchase inspection.

A guide for first home buyers – buying your home

Once you have got everything in place ready for your first house purchase, it is time for the exciting part of actually finding and buying your home. Finding a house It is important to take your time when you are buying your home and don’t be tempted to jump for the first one you see…. Read More

Young couple looking at a house - need information about what to do before you buy your first home

A guide for first home buyers – before you buy your first home

Buying your first house is an exciting time – a step on the road to independence – but it can also be an overwhelming task especially if you don’t know much about the property market. Before you buy your first home, you should do some thorough research and get everything you need in place before… Read More