John Turner

NZ House Surveys
Contact Details
Mobile phone: 
027 547 8531
Services
Areas of operation: 
Whangarei
Auckland
Services Offered: 

Pre-purchase Inspection:

• Our company sends 2 inspectors to site – for the following reasons:

1. 4 eyes are better than 2

2. Increased accuracy in identifying leaks in timber sub floors

3. Our privacy and protection

4. Occupational safety and health

• Typical inspections take 4 - 5 man hours ensuring that no stone is left unturned.

• The subfloor inspection covers: ground condition, services (plumbing & electrical), ventilation to the subfloor, piles, bearers, joists, flooring, insulation, pile connections, etc.

• Internal inspection covers level of the floor, testing of electrical hot points for reverse polarity and faulty earths, full moisture check using non-invasive dielectric moisture machine (around external windows and doors – and showers / wet areas), testing of heaters, range hood, waste disposers, etc.;  checking of fixtures, doors, windows,  hardware, taps, vanities, toilets, hot water cylinders, borer, etc. (note we do not test dishwashers due to long wash cycles)

• Roof space includes, insulation, presence of vermin, checking the underside of roof for leaks, services (plumbing & electrical), testing any DVS / ventilation systems, ensure ventilation from bathrooms and range hoods are ducted externally, etc.  

• Roof includes, general condition of roof, fixings, gutters (including internal gutters), chimneys, flues, valleys, etc.

• Exterior inspection includes checking cladding/s, soffits, fascia and barge boards, windows, flashings, gulley traps, hose taps, decking, stairs / steps, downpipes,  etc.

• Lastly we check and report on the general condition of services, fencing, clothesline, any outbuildings and accessory sheds, etc

• Invasive moisture testing available on request.  

No short cuts are taken and we pride ourselves in being very thorough in our inspections.  

 

Our inspections are then converted into one of three reports:

Bronze report:                    approximately 10 - 15 % of our clients opt for this type of report

• Summary of property information

• Detailed list of defects

• Photographic evidence and reporting

• Inspection certificate covering the inspection to NZS 4306 standards.

 

Silver report:                      approximately 70 % of our clients choose this option

• More in depth comprehensive reporting

• More photographic reporting

• Includes council records and search of permit and building consent information

• Comparison of what council records show versus what we physically verify onsite (1 in 5 houses have illegal work undertaken and this can come back to bite you later on)

• Inspection certificate covering the inspection to NZS 4306 standards

 

Gold report:                         approximately 20% of our clients opt for this type

• More in depth comprehensive reporting

• More photographic reporting

• Includes council records and search of permit and building consent information

• Comparison of what council records show versus what we physically verify onsite (1 in 5 houses have illegal work undertaken and this can come back to bite you later on)

• Inspection certificate covering the inspection to NZS 4306 standards.

• Includes additional price estimates for reinstating faulty work, and rectifying damaged / worn items.

 

 

Optional Methamphetamine Testing:

• 10 rooms swabbed separately guided by NZS 8510:2017.

• Swab samples are combined at an IANZ accredited laboratory for a composite analysis.

• Results will take 2 - 3 working days to be returned from the laboratory.  

Asbestos Survey:

Our Asbestos Surveys follow the guidelines set by WorkSafe and include:

 

  • Thorough inspection typically 30 – 45 minutes onsite
  • Inspection of the exterior and interior of the dwelling
  • ACM’s (Asbestos containing materials) identified and recorded in a register. This includes the material's condition, location, and size

A Management Plan is included, providing recommendations on remedial work and monitoring

Background Information: 

I have been building for 36 years ranging from large commercial buildings to residential dwellings, and “tiny” homes. NZ House Surveys have the experience and knowledge to undertake the building inspection that you need.