Confidence Building Inspections Limited 
Residential Property Inspections

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a building inspection, and what does it involve?

A building inspection is a detailed and methodical survey of your building site and the building itself. It covers the grounds; porches, decks, driveways and paths; the exterior of the building including sub-floor if you have one, cladding and roofing; the interior which includes all habitable spaces and the ceiling space if you have one; and any attached garages. If you have a separate garage or separate out-buildings such as sleep-outs or sheds you would like inspected these are additional to the standard building survey but can be requested as add-on's. 

The inspection is non-invasive, so no holes or destruction is required at this level - inspection is based on visual observation and non-destructive testing equipment. 

We have two people undertaking each inspection, so you can have the confidence that everything has been looked at.

Once the property has been inspected thoroughly, a detailed easy-to-read report will be written which outlines materials used and their condition, as well as clearly outlining any defects or issues and recommendations for you.  This will be sent to you within 24 hours of undertaking the inspection.

Who should get a building inspection?

Primarily building inspections are ordered by people who are buying a house, and want to make sure it is structurally sound and in good condition, as well as some banks requiring one in certain situations. Such a report can help the home buyer budget how much they'll need for immediate repairs, if any.  An inspection is also helpful to those who are wanting to sell their home to make sure any serious defects or issues are identified prior to putting it on the market so they can either make repairs, or list their home at a fair price - knowing any issues up front will also mean a sale is less likely to fall through from defects found later by the home buyer.  Finally, building inspections can be a useful way for someone who has been in their home for a number of years to identify areas where maintenance is required to keep the home in good condition - if issues aren't known, or are left unaddressed, they can become very costly to repair.

Why should I get a building inspection and not just check out the home myself?

Issues may not be apparent to the untrained eye, but we as building professionals can identify where there may be concerns, and also use specialised equipment during our inspections. We understand the Building Code and building standards so know what to look for when looking at homes.  As mentioned above, some banks will also require a professional building inspection be undertaken. 

There are 45 key areas on the exterior of a house alone where weather-tightness risk can commonly occur, causing structural and health issues down the line. The design, quality of construction, use of building materials, and ongoing maintenance all have an effect on weather-tightness risk.  Qualified and trained building surveyors work through a 97-point detailed survey of the property to locate any significant issues or defects. 

Our inspector is trained through BOINZ, and is an accredited building surveyor, in addition to having worked 30 years in the building and construction industry to give you confidence in selecting Confidence Building Inspections Limited to undertake your next building inspection, with the added assurance of carrying full current insurances.

Why use an accredited building surveyor?

Accredited building surveyors are trained specifically around what to look for under the New Zealand Standard 4306, and as such have stringent quality and process controls to ensure standardisation across the industry.  As accredited surveyors, we must also always hold current public liability, statutory liability, and public liability insurances for your protection - which other inspectors may not.  We are accredited with the Building Officials Institute of New Zealand (BOINZ).

Are you associated with the Council building inspectors?

No, we are independent of local Councils, and so can provide an unbiased report on the current condition of a property. Council building inspectors are primarily used for the building consent process and inspecting buildings during their build or renovation to ensure they meet the Building Code requirements and adhere to a documents submitted for approval. Your local Council issue Code Compliance Certificates, and Certificates of Acceptance.

Can you help if my property doesn't have Council compliance certification for building works?

It will depend on your individual situation. Council require you to submit a portfolio of documents about the property to obtain a Certificate of Acceptance or Third Party Report; one of which is a Building Surveyor's Report. There will also be a different process if the building works were given consent but never received Code of Compliance certification. (based on Tauranga City Council current requirements)

Do you undertake meth and asbestos testing?

We don't undertake these ourselves but are happy to arrange them in conjunction with your building inspection if required. We consider these to be specialist areas, and as such we believe it is in your best interest to use an expert in the field who can provide quality advice and undertake accredited sampling, and use accredited labs. By using a specialist, if the tests results are positive, you are in the best hands to help you with how to proceed with clean-up or removal if necessary. 

What is the process for getting an inspection?

Once you make contact with us, we will work with you or your realtor to make a suitable time to inspect the property. If the property is currently rented, the home owner may need to give at least 48 hours notice of the inspection so keep that in mind.  Our inspection will look at key facets of the property including the site and grounds; the sub-floor; the exterior envelope of the building including the roof; the interior including kitchen, bathroom, and all living spaces; and the services to the property. Every inspection includes moisture tests in key areas or areas of concern.  We don't include ancillary spaces such as detached garages, sheds, or sleep-outs unless specified when you book your inspection. Inspections don't include LIM reports or council record checks, but we recommend you include these in your due diligence. 

After the inspection has been completed, we will compile a comprehensive written report based on the attributes of the property and any specific issues or defects which may need addressing now or in the near future. This will be provided to you within 24-hours of undertaking the inspection.