Confidence Building Inspections Limited 
Residential Property Inspections


Our Services - Residential Property Inspections 

“ensuring a safe and healthy living environment for you and your family”

 We undertake building inspections across Tauranga and the greater Bay of Plenty area, including Waihi.  Our range of services aims to give you the confidence to buy, sell, or maintain a quality property. Getting an independent building inspection, which is accompanied by a comprehensive written building report, will ensure you fully understand any existing serious defects or issues with your property or the one you intend to purchase, saving you money and unwanted surprises in the future.

Both Keith and Karen will visit the site - this means it is less likely some aspect may be overlooked, and we can more efficiently undertake the inspection for your convenience - all for the same price as one inspector!

When you get an inspection from Confidence Building Inspections, you'll get:

  • a qualified and experienced building surveyor to inspect the house in detail, and a second assistant inspector to ensure nothing is missed; 
  • independent and unbiased assessment of the quality and condition of the building;
  • non-invasive moisture testing on areas prone to damage; 
  • a comprehensive written report (with the exception of verbal reports) with detailed photos, maintenance tips, and advice on what needs to be done or other trades which may be required; 
  • peace of mind from insurance coverage; 
  • telephone or email access to our inspector if you have further queries or concerns after the inspection
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).

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.


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.


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.  


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.

What does a building inspection report cover?

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

  • Site attributes - drainage, retaining walls, fencing, footpaths, patios, and driveways
  • Sub-floor - foundations, under floor timbers, plumbing, wiring, and insulation
  • Exterior - cladding, decks/balconies, windows, and doors
  • Roof exterior - roof, gutters and down-pipes, roof accessories, and chimneys
  • Interior - ceiling space and insulation, flooring, interior walls, ceilings, kitchens, and wet areas - this includes materials suspected of containing asbestos
  • Services - utilities, electrical, water, and gas
  • Ancillary spaces as identified, i.e. separate garages, sleep-outs etc

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.

24-hour Report Turnaround

After undertaking a full inspection of the property, you will receive a comprehensive written report written in adherence to the New Zealand Standard 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.

We are fully insured, holding current professional indemnity, public liability, and statutory liability insurances with Lloyds of London.

Prices start from just $399 incl. GST for a full inspection and comprehensive written report.

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


Meth (‘P’) Testing

There has been a lot of attention in the media lately about houses which were deemed uninhabitable based on meth test results, a lot of which turned out to be based on un-trained or poorly trained samplers. People taking samples were using sub-standard on-site testing kits, sampling incorrectly, and in some cases reusing sample kits to save money.

Using a specialist in this field, working in accordance with NZS8510:2017, they will take a sample from every room in the property using NIOSH sampling techniques and accredited lab testing kits. Samples are then sent to an IANZ accredited laboratory for analysis. You’ll then receive a comprehensive report of the findings and recommendations, and have access to expert advice.

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.

 

Meth and asbestos testing are not our core business or area of expertise – as such, we believe it to be in your best interest to have specialists undertake the work who will ensure integrity and unbiased testing. By using an expert, 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.

 

We are happy to arrange these tests in conjunction with your building inspection.