While property inspections feel like a fail-safe for buyers, they can be a nerve-wracking experience for sellers who worry that an unknown flaw will bring the deal tumbling down. If you find yourself in this situation, here are tips from an experienced building inspector on how you can prepare for a house inspection.
Are you a DIY enthusiast considering buying a doer-upper home? From first-time home buyers to serial renovators, Kiwis love buying houses in need of some TLC. If you’re eager to transform a property with your bare hands, read our guide on everything you need to know about buying a doer-upper.
Because of the nature of house sales, you’ll likely find yourself buying the biggest purchase of your life having only looked at it once or twice. You don’t get to sleep under your roof, have a shower or cook in the kitchen before buying – but what you can do is make sure a qualified building inspector thoroughly checks the house on your behalf.
Air flow plays an important role in the health and comfort of your house. A well-ventilated home has fresh air circulating, while a poorly ventilated one traps air inside, contributing to dampness, stale air and mould.
There are many benefits when it comes to building a new house – you can choose the house’s layout, create your dream kitchen and ensure there’s an en suite. You can enjoy a modern interior style and freshly painted walls. You can go to bed in a house never before slept in. But one thing you should not do is skip the property inspection.
Whether you’re searching for a house in mint condition or a complete doer-upper, it’s always wise to get a pre-purchase house inspection. A building inspection will reveal a lot about the property in question, putting you in the strongest possible position to either make an offer or walk away.
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.