When I moved into Manukau four years ago I was surprised to find that there were no building inspections Manukau in place. This was surprising since the house I chose for myself and my family was a brand new construction. My immediate thought was to get a building report so I could find out what kind of impact an inferior building report could have. That was when I realised that building report inspections were something many New Zealanders should consider doing on their own. The following report from Jim Crampton details his building report inspections and how he found them useful.
What we found was that building reports aren’t just good for building inspections Manukau – they are also good for protecting you, your family and your home. As soon as I moved in I began to work with my builder to make sure the site provided a safe and sustainable living environment for us all. I had a checklist of things that the building inspector had to check before each building completion to ensure everything went according to plan. We always went over these items in detail with him before the next building inspection took place. As soon as I moved out I made sure to have the building report done again. It took a long time but at least I had that information on hand to check over anything that might cause concern.
In my opinion building inspections Manukau are more important than ever today because building reports are so easy to ignore or procrastinate on. There are some things that are clearly built well and that you just can’t afford to let slip, but most building reports don’t contain a lot of information that could trip you up if you were required to carry out an inspection. A building report doesn’t need to contain every single screw and bolt in the building to be inspected. If you only need to look at two or three things then you’re better off getting a building survey done first to see if anything needs further attention.
A house inspection is a really important building inspection as it is a thorough examination of the condition of a property that is usually carried out when the owner is being approached about taking on a new building project. It is often carried out by the building inspector as part of a pre-listing survey that has been arranged by a real estate agent. The purpose of this visit is to collect detailed information about the building, including a description of the building design, the current state of the building contents (including any water damage) and other aspects of the property that will influence the costs and benefits of taking on the building. The purpose of the house inspection is to provide the building owner with a complete and impartial report of the condition of the building.
One of the most common problems found in houses is poor insulation and poor waterproofing. Obviously, if your property has been awarded a Building Envelope (E) rating then there should be no concerns about insulating and waterproofing. The problem is that often people will spend a lot of money on a property and leave it cold and damp and not give it a chance to work properly. An annual house inspection by a reputable Manukau professional will detect these issues well before you have time to let the building go uninspected and the risk of serious structural or architectural issues increases.
A building inspection by a professional trained in house foundation and roofing systems can identify problems such as the main chimney becoming blocked by ice, debris or soil, walls cracking and settling unevenly, water penetration and drainage problems. All of these issues can be resolved prior to construction, making the structural changes that may be required to make the site safe for living and the roof replacement that may be required to remedy the water leakage issues. A trained specialist can also check that the seals around windows, doors, skylights, heating pipes and radiators are all sound, and identify signs of moisture logging. These services can also be provided by a trained professional Manukau inspector who can identify other building related issues such as poor ceiling heights, exposed pipes, leaking roofs, cracked foundations, missing plaster board and other building defects. They can advise on how best to solve the problems, either by DIY or with the help of experienced Manukau contractors and fixers.
Having a building inspection performed regularly by a professional Manukau inspector can help to keep your Manukau property up to date, and ensures that your investment remains structurally sound for many years to come. You can arrange regular building inspections Manukau of your property at no extra cost, which means that you can focus on running your business without being worried about whether any work is being done to your building to avoid future problems. Your chosen Manukau building inspector will be able to offer you tips and advice, often free of charge, on how to keep your building looking as good as new, offering you peace of mind and added peace of mind that your investment is in safe hands.
If you own any Manukau property then the value of that property will rise over time. If you want to know just how much your property is worth, it’s a good idea to get regular building inspections Manukau performed by a professional in the industry like Jim’s Building Inspections who knows what he or she is doing. The inspection report will list all the work carried out on your building and give you a fair indication of the current value. By having your building looked after by a professional, you can be sure that any potential problems will be spotted early, so if you ever do need to replace some parts of your property, you’ll have the peace of mind that it won’t be a case of ‘the sun setting on the properties in Manukau’.