When home buyers walk into a house and fall in love, their lenses can quickly become rose-tinted. Unfortunately, this enthusiasm can mask issues with the house and lead to disappointment on moving day – luckily building inspections can help!
Roofs are important to the overall health and safety of a house, and they are pretty darn costly to replace. This is why a roof’s condition is a big part of the pre-purchase building inspection services we provide at Straight Up Inspections.
Craftmanship was paramount in the 1950s and 60s, which is why older houses are filled with character, from elaborate scotia to intricate lattice work, beautiful ivy-clad exteriors to quaint old-fashioned fireplaces. Old houses, however, can be a headache if they are cold, damp and in need of serious repairs.
The possibility of meth contamination is an unfortunate reality when you’re in the market for a new house in New Zealand. Sadly, methamphetamine use is on the rise and when you come into contact with surfaces that contain meth, the toxins that result from manufacturing this drug can be absorbed through the skin.
When buying a new house, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement, picturing a new life in your new home. Unfortunately, a builder’s report can sometimes bring you crashing back down to earth by giving you news you didn’t want to hear.
Buying a house is a big decision. If you’ve found a home you love in Tauranga, do your due diligence and get a property inspection from a qualified building inspector to carry out a pre-purchase builders report before signing off on the sale.
While searching online or in property magazines, you may have found yourself falling in love with a house that you’ve never actually seen. Dazzling photographs and clever wording can make houses appear flawless – if you find yourself tempted to buy a house sight unseen, give yourself a good shake!
Simply put, NZ homes are COLD. Built with our Kiwi summers in mind, the norm for houses in Tauranga, Rotorua and the wider Bay of Plenty seems to be a lack of insulation leading to a whole lot of cold, damp houses.
After the Leaky Home epidemic of the mid 1990s, many home buyers steer well clear of monolithic cladded houses. The entire monolithic category has gotten a bad name, which is a shame as this cladding style has been used successfully since the 1920s.