Servicing Wellington, Hutt Valley, Porirua City and Kapiti
Rob van Driel, Builder,Inspector and Director

Wellington pre-purchase property reports

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

COMPLETE PRE-INSPECTION CONTRACT (TERMS, CONDITIONS, AND DISCLAIMER)

1. At your request as the Buyer/Owner (“Client”), Wellington Property Reports (“Company”) of 119a Wexford Rd, Miramar, Wellington, Agreed to inspect the property to inform you (“Client”) of major defects and deficiencies in the condition of the property, subject to the Release and Liquidated Damages Provision (see no.10 below). This report represents an impartial opinion of the physical condition of the named components below of the property from a limited visual inspection of those components and operating systems, which are readily visible and accessible on the day and at the time of the inspection.

Company cannot be held liable for latent, concealed, non-visible, or obscured defects. This is not a technically exhaustive inspection. A truly exhaustive inspection of a house and utility systems would require destructive testing and be absolutely time and cost prohibitive for the average home owner/buyer.

2. The report will be prepared for your sole, exclusive, and confidential use only. No other party is intended as a beneficiary hereunder, though we agree you may share this report with your mortgage lender/trading bank/financial institution. No further duplication is authorised by anyone.

3. This report is not a warranty or guarantee (expressed or implied) that the items are defect free, or that latent or concealed defects do not exist, may have existed in the past, or may exist or become evident in the future, or that the defects we have referenced in this report are the only defects that exist.

4. There is probably no such thing as a perfect building. Defect free construction is unattainable. Some flaws will remain hidden. Past, present, or anticipated problems, as noted in this report, may not be a reason to reject a structure, but neither should a report you interpret as “favourable” be considered a reason to purchase it. A request by the Client should always be made to the local building authority (e.g. Wellington City Council) to further undertake investigation regarding building consented work having been undertaken to satisfy completely Client’s quest to ascertain the dwellings true character.

5. This report is not a statement of suitability for future expansion or use and does not address compliance with local regulations.

6. To avoid damage claims and other risks the inspector does not climb to inspect or walk roofs without interior or safe exterior access, nor walk attics that are unfloored. Roofs, chimneys, gutters, and roof penetrations are observed from the ground, which imposes obvious limitations on this part of the inspection. All decisions regarding safety issues are made by the inspector, not the Client.

7. Any dispute or claim of any nature by any party regarding the inspection or the terms of this contract shall be submitted only to the New Zealand Arbitration Association for final and binding arbitration in accordance with Companies practices and procedures.

8. Time is of the essence to bring any claim against the Company and any of its inspectors. Any and all claims shall be barred and void if proper notice of same is not specifically described in writing and actually delivered to the Company (address above) not later than NINETY (90) days after the date of inspection. Facsimile transmittals shall not be accepted for this purpose, and certified and regular mail is suggested with date of postmark to serve as date of notice.

9. You agree to notify us in writing and provide the opportunity to reinspect anything on our list of “What is Inspected” that you believe we have omitted prior to undertaking any repairs. Failure to do so absolves the Company and its inspectors of all liability.

10. Liquidated Damages Provision: (“Company”) is not an insurer or guarantor of the building’s condition. Neither the inspection nor the summary or descriptions contained in any oral or written comments or report are intended nor can you infer or understand them to be any guarantee or warranty of the adequacy, performance or condition of any structure, system, or any other item inspected or omitted from inspection. Client has contracted with the Company for its Inspector’s professional best efforts under the imposed and expressed limitations described in this contract, and the Client hereby holds the Company and its agents and employees harmless from all liability and responsibility for the cost of repairing or replacing any unreported defect or deficiency and for any consequential damage, property damage or personal injury of any nature.

The negotiated settlement of the Company shall be limited to $900.00 or twice the fee paid by the Client (whichever is greater) as an expressed condition of the Company’s and the Inspector’s performing the inspection for the Client.

11. Basement/crawl space liability disclaimer: We do not promise that a “dry” area below ground floor will remain so, or that a damp or wet one will not get more wet. We report conditions on the day we see them. Many variables affect these areas, including but not limited to gutters/down pipes, the functioning of drainage systems (yours and the city/area you live in) The water table, the porosity of the soil, and variable soil and weather conditions.

12. The presence of water penetration in the home automatically indicates the need for mould/environmental/air testing, as it may cause structural and/or health problems, up to and including making the home uninhabitable and people sick. Sources of moisture must be eliminated. It is so agreed by the client on behalf of themselves and their respective agents, principals, spouse and co-purchasers, that the Company carries no liability if further testing is not undertaken by specialist environmental agencies.

What IS inspected when VISIBLE OR EXPOSED: the storm and waste water drainage, the driveway, walkways, steps, patios, decks, and porches, the foundation, the roof and roof penetrations, soffits, fascia, gutter and storm water drainage system (above ground), chimney exterior, the exterior doors, trim, windows, the garage door, watching garage door open, windows, roof, floor and electrics; the basement floor, walls, windows, basement windows, ventilation, and dampness, the exposed waste system lines, the interior of all finished rooms including walls, floors, ceilings, doors, and a representative sample of windows and electrics, the kitchen’s built-in appliances (except refrigerators), fixtures and plumbing; the bathroom’s fixtures and plumbing; the laundry facilities; the heating system , functioning of unit and air conditioning (temperature permitting) the electrical system’s main panel and random checks throughout the house (as accessible), the fireplace, hearth, firebox {please check Lim for small works permit} and the attic for ventilation, insulation, and leaks as visible from the man hole (we do not walk unfinished areas such as attic, as there is a distinct risk of falling through ceiling).

What is NOT inspected: Water quality; well inspection or testing of any type; the presence or condition of waste disposal system; non-visible pipes and electric lines; any future settling of the house, solar systems, meth testing, mould (unless specifically tested for), lead paint, gas logs and chimney flue liners (above the firebox hood); security systems (as they are proprietary), swimming pools and recreational equipment, wood destroying or other insects or pests, humidifiers, electronic air filters, central vacuum systems, detached buildings, future cracking, settling and/or durability of concrete, asphalt, or other materials such as but not limited to stucco, wood, vinyl, aluminium, galvanized metal, brick, etc.)