Wellington pre-purchase property reports

                      Rob van Driel, Licensed building practitoner
Wellington Pre-Purchase Report and Home Inspection specialist

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Standard facts for Client

 

The goal of a home inspection is to give the client a much better understanding of the physical condition of the structure than would otherwise be known. To achieve this, Rob conducts a visual inspection of the home and its systems. 


                                                                                   Preliminaries

 Typical homes take 1-2 hours to inspect. Rob will give the client an overview of the inspection process and invites the client to accompany him. Cost for pre-property purchase report starts at $550.00 excl gst, for houses that are up to 150 sqm’s in size and in Wellington area, with an extra $50.00excl gst for every extra 50 sqm’s, and/or, if house is outside of travel boundary {Hutt Valley/Porirua/Kapiti} Payment methods include, direct debit or cash. Payment must be made prior to report being released. Cancellation must be made no later than 24hrs prior to inspection or full fee is applicable. Time has been set aside and other inspections have been deferred to make time for this inspection.


                                                                               Costs


House/Apartment/Building up 150sqm                      $550.00 excl Gst

Incremental cost per 50sqm                                    $50.00 excl Gst

Travel costs outside CBD                                         $50-$150.00 excl Gst         (inspections go as far north as Foxton and Masterton)

Specialist meth testing                                            $250.00 excl Gst

Specialist asbestos testing                                       $250.00 excl Gst


                                                                                     Items covered {non-specialist}

Though the order may vary, Rob will visually inspect the following: 

  • foundation’s
  • structure
  • roof
  • attic
  • kitchen / laundry / bathrooms
  • plumbing system {water and gas}
  • electrical system
  • heating system
  • air conditioning system
  • garage
  • fences and gates  
  • windows
  • exterior paint work
  • internal deco
  • drainage {black, grey and storm water} 
  • moisture testing {non-invasive}   
  • security                                                                                                               


                                                                                 Additional items {specialist}

Additional items such as pools, spas, barns & other outer structures, docks & sea walls and lawn sprinkler systems may be offered by the inspection company but will add to the fee, please ask if this may apply to your particular home. Rob can put you in touch with additional extra environmental services if need be, for items such as:

  • Asbestos testing
  • Meth testing
  • Gas leak detection
  • Faulty power meter
  • Faulty gas meter
  • moisture testing {invasive} 


These tests are at an additional cost, and would be passed onto suitably qualified experts.


                                                                                        Completion

 Upon completion of the inspection, Rob will give the client a summary of what was discovered and an opportunity to ask questions {please feel free right through inspection}. The client then receives a two to three page written report of the findings, as well as a one page itemised scale of 35 different items involved with the house, rating same between 1 and 10. 10 being the highest. Report will be sent via email before 10.30pm the same day!! A summary breakdown of any negative points and associated costs to repair is also provided and tagged onto the end of the report. As the inspector is also a qualified builder of 30 years standing, written quotations are also included upon request, and are complimentary. If you have any ideas along the line of change to the house, a ball park figure at consultation can also be provided.


                                                                                  Important note

 The report is the client's property and strictly confidential and other parties are not entitled to use it to their advantage in anyway. Why should you pay for something only to let someone else such as another interested party, profit from your expense? Although it can be quite advantageous for an estate agent to find out major flaws, which he/she MUST pass on to other prospective buyers as well as vendor, increasing your chance of tendering on a level playing field. We will never disclose articles of your report without your expressly given instructions. Our client/company confidentiality is strongly and fiercely guarded. WE WORK FOR YOU! We recommend you release snippets pertaining to areas under question, via your lawyer to their lawyer, or indeed to the real estate agent to help in tendering an offer agreeable to both parties and perhaps lower an offer prior to going unconditional. 


                                                                                             Ethics

Rob's job is to inform the client of the condition of the home. He will describe any problems discovered, explain how and why they occurred, and even make repair recommendations. The inspector should not recommend contractors or estimate repair costs *unless the inspector is an active contractor in the particular field*.  *Rob has 30 years experience in residential home construction, renovation and additions*



                                 Passing on defects to others for comment plus double your money back guarentee


Rob will not pass you on, {non-specialist} or suggest you ask another tradesman to complete his report. In the last 20 years of business, he has not gone more than a few days without a member of the public having been given a report by others, asking them to seek additional answers to a serious issue that may have arisen during inspection. These "deal breaker" reports have seen many potenial home sales crash and leave both parties out of pocket. We absolutely promise and guarentee this will not ever happen or we will refund you double what you have or would pay that was quoted.                                             Double your money back guarentee!  This is New Zealand's only such guarentee. 

 

 

                                                                                 Moisture Testing

We use the latest moisture testing equipment on the market. It is without a doubt the most developed instrument available today. Spec’s on this incredible machine that sends radio waves into walls to detect moisture ingress and uses non-invasive technology. If grounds are found for water issues beyond scope of inspection, customer will be directed to a company specialising in infra red technology.

 

                                                                                       Council Building reports

Costs vary from council to council, costs from Wellington city council shown below.


LIM Reports cost-{Land Information Memorandum}

contains important information including building consents and permits plus code compliance certificates for same. 


LIM:Residential {10 day turn around} $333.50

LIM:Fast track {conditions apply 5 day turn around} $499.50

LIM:Non-residential base fee {commerical} $777.50

LIM:Hourly rate after 7 hours work $103.00