The scope of the inspection is limited to visual inspection of the standard components of the home, which the inspector has reasonable access to and is the inspector’s clear line of sight. The purpose of the inspection is to identify major current deficiencies that are visually identifiable at the time of the inspection. The report shall include: grounds, structure, exterior, roofs, plumbing, electrical, interior, and insulation/ventilation; the procedure for their inspection will be conducted in accordance with NZS 4306:2005. New Zealand Standard, Residential Property Inspection.
We also offer an invasive inspection, using digital imaging to inspect spaces behind walls. We are the innovators and developers of this type of inspection. This was brought to the market by us to allow for more in-depth reporting.
If you have contracted us to prepare an invasive inspection report, this comprises a visual inspection (as set out above) together with cutting holes in the interior lining in specific areas, and using digital imaging to inspect the areas behind the internal linings. The invasive inspection is limited to the specific areas only that have been invasively accessed and visually documented and commented on in the body of the report.
The purpose of the inspection (including the invasive inspection) is to report on the condition of building elements. The report is not a guarantee, warranty or any form of insurance, and is not to be used as a substitute for a final walk-through inspection, or a comprehensive building survey. This report is not a technically exhaustive investigation nor is it practicable to identify and itemise every defect. The purpose of the report is to identify any readily visible items of concern at the time of the inspection. The report assumes that the property as built complies with the building code, and does not investigate or comment on that.
In accordance with NZS 4306:2005 this report provides some general information about weather-tightness risks in relation to the property inspected and where appropriate comments on specific high risk design aspects, issues, or defects that are readily visible and fall within the scope of inspection. Moisture scanning has been undertaken as part of this report and the report may pick up and comment on risk factors as part of a visual inspection, but this is indicative only and is not a reliable or determinative method of detecting moisture ingress.
This report cannot, and does not, provide advice or investigation about whether the property inspected is a leaky home, suffers from toxic mould, rot, or fungal growth, or complies with E2/AS1 of the Building Code. This report is not to be construed as advice about the overall weather-tightness of the property or whether the property is, or is likely to be, stigmatised as a leaky home. The nature of the leaky home problem in New Zealand means:
If the client is concerned about weather-tightness, and particularly if the property inspected has areas of monolithic cladding, the client should obtain a comprehensive weather-tightness investigation from a building surveyor.
Reasonable access is access that is safe, unobstructed and which has a minimum clearance of 450 x 400 mm opening access door that can be safely accessed from a 3.6 m ladder and a minimum crawl space of 610 x 610 mm in the ceiling space and 500 x 400 mm opening access door and a minimum crawl space of 500mm vertical clearance for the sub floor area. Roofs are able to be safely accessed from a 3.6 m ladder. (Or if the minimum clearance is not available, the area is within the inspector’s unobstructed line of vision).
The vendor is required to inform the inspector of any existing issues that they are aware of that have been an issue in the past or may become an issue in the future or at the time of the inspection.
The contents of the report, or any other work prepared by us is confidential and has been prepared solely for you and shall not be relied upon by any third parties. We accept no responsibility for anything done or not done by any third party in reliance, whether wholly or partially, on any of the contents of the report.
Subject to any statutory provisions, if we become liable to you, for any reason, for any loss, damage, harm or injury in any way connected with the completion of the Inspection and/or report, our liability shall be limited to a sum not exceeding the cost of the Inspection and report. We will not be liable to you for any consequential loss of whatever nature suffered by you or any other person injured and indemnify us in respect of any claims concerning any such loss.