While it is no secret that Auckland buildings are becoming progressively safer and more secure, every year there are still times when a quick Auckland Building Inspections by a professional building inspector is needed to identify structural or other safety concerns. Whether the home owner is buying or selling, it is crucial for them to have a building inspection carried out before the final sale.
An Auckland house will usually be purchased through a builder or real estate agent. Often they will offer you the opportunity to either pay a fee, or let you use their inspectors, which can range from an hour up to two or three days. When these inspections are carried out it is usually the seller who wants to hire professionals. A seller should never accept a warranty on the property, as this is a red flag, and a professional inspector should not be given such a guarantee.
The first thing you need to do if you want to avoid paying the cost of a property inspector when buying an Auckland home is to make sure you understand the terms and conditions of the contract, and what is expected from the buyer before the property is transferred from the buyer to the seller. If you are buying through a builder then they will most likely insist on an inspection from an inspector that has had experience with Auckland homes.
For a home that is being sold through a professional builder or real estate agent, the inspection will normally take place after the completion of the home. This means that the builder will be able to give you a written guarantee that they will carry out a complete inspection, and that they will have a list of pre-approved inspectors, however, it is important for you to ask all questions that you can think of, especially if the inspector has been recommended by your builder or real estate agent.
It is also a good idea to ask the inspector for references. If you do not find any that are listed, then take down their contact details, and then call and ask them to send you a list. Most importantly do not hesitate to ask for references from other Auckland building inspectors you know, especially if they are experienced in the same area as yours.
Having said this, it is important that you always keep the inspector as neutral as possible. It would be unethical to ask your inspector to suggest changes to your home, especially when you want the final home to be the best it can be.