Confidence Building Inspections Limited 
Residential Property Inspections


Our Services - Residential Property Inspections 

Pre-purchase and Pre-sale building Inspections are undertaken in adherence to New Zealand Standard NZS4306-2005 Residential Property Inspection

All inspections are visual and non-invasive meaning the structure will not be damaged or tampered with to provide results. 

Common problem areas and any suspect areas of moisture build-up or damp are tested using a Trotec T660 non-invasive moisture meter, and a Flir C3 thermal imaging camera, at no extra charge.  Electrical testing of sockets is included, using a Cabac polarity tester.

Building inspections report on significant defects, particular attributes, gradual deterioration, and any significant maintenance required. A Certificate of Inspection will be provided for residential building inspections.

House One


Pre-Purchase Inspections

Buying a home or rental property is a huge financial commitment and you want to make sure that what you're buying is sound and fit for purpose. With house prices now so high in comparison to income we often use all of our funds just to purchase the property, so have little or no money left over for costly unexpected repairs.

Getting a building inspection report on the property will uncover any existing issues with the property, and give you the confidence to decide if the property is right for you. Knowing the condition of a property allows you to make an appropriately informed offer, or budget for repairs later.  You can buy with confidence.  You'll receive a comprehensive written report within 24 hours of the inspection (bank approved). 

Prices from $399 incl gst (1-2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1 kitchen, concrete floor)

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House Two


Pre-Sale Inspections

When  selling your property, you always want to make sure you can get the best price, and that no unexpected building defects arise which may significantly reduce your selling price or scare potential buyers away. 

Getting a building inspection report on your property before putting it on the market will give you all the facts you need to price your property accordingly, or to make repairs prior to sale to ensure you get the best price - with no surprises! You can sell with confidence.

You'll receive a comprehensive written report within 24 hours of the inspection with detailed information about any issues which may need addressing. 

Prices from $399 incl gst (1-2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1 kitchen, concrete floor)

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Safe and Sanitary Reports

Safe and Sanitary Reports (Third-party reports) verify condition of building works carried out prior to 1 July 1992. They may have been constructed, or added on to, with our without building permit - this is because prior to that date, there wasn't a consent process as there is today.  The report is primarily for those buying or selling who wish to have confirmation that the property is safe (has been constructed properly and is structurally sound) and sanitary (facilities are functional). Some banks may also require a Safe and Sanitary Report. The reports can be submitted to Council to be added to your property file for future reference. A Safe and Sanitary Report is also likely to be required to accompany an application for moving or relocating a second-hand house; or if building works haven't received Code of Compliance. Price will depend on whether the report is for the full house, or an aspect of the house, i.e. bathroom addition without CoC.

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Moisture testing


Moisture Testing

Each inspection undertaken includes non-invasive moisture testing in key areas where leaks often occur, and specific areas of concern. Moisture testing is undertaken using a Trotec T660 non-invasive moisture meter. This is a hand-held measuring instrument which uses a di-electric scanning method for non-destructive determination of moisture distributions in near-surface areas up to 40mm.  

Electrical testing


Electrical Testing

Each inspection undertaken includes non-invasive electrical polarity testing of available sockets. Electrical testing is undertaken using a Cabac polarity tester.  Light switches and service appliances are tested where possible.



Thermal Imaging

Each inspection undertaken includes non-invasive thermal imaging, using a Flir C3 camera. Thermal imaging detects changes in temperature only, but is helpful when used alongside the moisture meter and visual clues to detect possible leaks. It can also be used to detect missing insulation and draughts.



Methamphetamine ('P') Testing

Our inspector is certified to NZS30892 and NZS30893, and adheres to NZS8510:2017 Testing and Decontamination of Methamphetamine Contaminated Properties

Field Analysis testing from $90 (incl gst) for five rooms.  This will provide you with a positive/negative result.


Property Maintenance and Advice

Do you have a particular potential issue with your home which you would like inspected? We are happy to inspect specific areas of the property which may be of concern, and can provide advice or problem solving on what to do next. Fees dependent on scope of work.

Site visit for maintenance advice or specific inspection from $100 (incl gst)

What does a building inspection report cover?

A full building inspection will report on the general condition of:

Site condition

SITE - wind zone, land contour, paths and patios, retaining, fencing, driveways, drainage

Subfloor condition

SUBFLOOR - foundation wall, piles, bearers and joists, structural alteration, insulation, plumbing, timber rot, infestation, soil condition

Exterior condition

EXTERIOR - cladding and condition, decks/pergolas, exterior stairs, chimneys, windows and doors

Roof condition

ROOF - materials and condition, roof penetrations, gutters, downpipes, soffits

Interior condition

INTERIOR - wall and ceiling condition, floors, stairs, storage, windows and doors

Kitchen condition

KITCHEN - benchtop and cabinetry condition,  sink and plumbing, storage, ventilation

Bathroom condition

BATHROOMS - fixtures and fittings condition, wet walls, plumbing and drainage, ventilation

Laundry condition

LAUNDRY - sink and plumbing, wet walls, ventilation

Roof space condition

ROOF SPACE - structure, roof leaks, firewalls, insulation, roof underlay, ceiling structure, structural alterations, ducting, timber rot, infestation

Services condition

SERVICES - warning systems, security, heating, ventilation, solar systems, shading systems, lifts, gas and water services, aerials, telecommunications

Electrical condition

ELECTRICAL - switch and socket testing,  polarity testing, general condition

Drainage condition

DRAINAGE - grey water system, foul water services


The purpose of a Property Inspection Report is to identify existing significant defects which are visible and reasonably accessible at the time of inspection. Inspections are non-invasive (meaning the structure will not be damaged or tampered with to provide results) and based on visual inspection by professionals, and using specialised moisture measuring equipment.  The inspection will also include an evaluation of the materials used and workmanship.

The process does not include a council Property File search or LIM report unless specifically requested. These will need to be sourced either by the client or us, prior to the inspection taking place. If you have the files already, we are happy to look these over in conjunction with your inspection to ensure there are no areas of concern.

Report Turnaround - 24-hours

After undertaking a full inspection of the property, you will receive a comprehensive written report written in adherence to NZS4306:2005 Residential Property Inspection. It will outline general condition, any areas of concern including photos, and advice for repair or maintenance. The turn-around time on receiving your report is 24-hours via email.

Insurance Coverage

We are fully insured, holding current professional indemnity, public liability, and statutory liability insurances. A copy of our Certificate of Currency is available upon request.


Please contact us today for more information, or a free no-obligation quote.


Asbestos Testing

Asbestos was a common building material in New Zealand up until the mid-1980s. It was commonly used as a fire retardant and insulation, which is why it is found in loose-fill insulation, around gas/electric heaters or hot-water cylinders, fuse boxes, lagging around pipes, cladding, vinyl floor coverings, and ceilings.

While the material is in good condition, it can be left alone – however if it becomes airborne through damage, age, or you intend on undertaking renovations, it is extremely dangerous. As such, if you have asbestos in your home which is in good condition, you don’t need to do anything with it. If anything damages it, or you are renovating however, it must be removed and disposed of by professional asbestos removers.

You cannot 100% confirm if something is or isn’t asbestos through visual inspection alone. During our inspections we take into account the age of the property and the physical characteristics of the construction materials in your home and if they meet the common criteria of asbestos, we will bring this to your attention in our report. Asbestos can then only be confirmed through destructive testing.  

This is where the specialists come in – if asbestos is suspected, they will remove samples of the materials thought to contain asbestos from your property, securely bagged, and send them off to the lab for testing. You’ll then receive a comprehensive report on the results, and have access to expert advice throughout the process.

 

If your house was built before the 1990's, we will address common materials which may possibly contain asbestos on the property, however accurate identification of asbestos requires specialised testing.  By using an expert in the field, if the testing results are positive, you are in the best hands to help you with how to proceed with clean-up or removal if necessary.