If You're Buying

If You’re Buying a Home and Need a Pre-Purchase Building Inspection

When buying a new home or investment property, a pre-purchase inspection will help to identify any potential problems that could endanger your family’s safety and be costly to fix in the future. Get a pre-purchase home inspection for peace of mind before committing to buying a new home. Engaging a trade qualified licenced building practitioner will provide that peace of mind.


Asset Property Inspections, Whangarei’s property inspection experts, have the expertise and experience to undertake an unbiased comprehensive inspection of the property and then translate what we see into an easy-to-read comprehensive written report.


We have the knowledge and equipment to identify if there are any weathertightness issues associated with a property.


Our comprehensive reports follow the NZS: 4306 2005 residential property inspection standard.


Our inspectors have extensive knowledge of building compliance and if requested can identify any unconsented or unpermitted work that may be present at the property. We will also advise you how this can be rectified so it does not become a problem for you in the future.





What Our Inspections Cover

  • Site

  • Foundations

  • Sub-floor structure

  • Borer detection

  • Flooring

  • Roof cavity and structure

  • Exterior cladding / building envelope

  • Exterior joinery

  • Roof cladding

  • Spouting and downpipes

  • Insulation

  • Plumbing and drainage

  • Comprehensive non-invasive moisture detection

  • Hot water system

  • Decks

  • Retaining walls

  • Driveways and paths



Keeping you informed

 We understand buying a house can be quite a stressful process but we will keep you informed throughout the inspection process.

 Our in-depth written reports are delivered in PDF format and they contain detailed photos of the dwelling, showing any defects and high risk areas. If you have any questions regarding your report, please get in touch as we are alwys happy to answer andy questions you may have.

We are here to help and will always work with what suits you best.


Checking whether the property complies with building rules

The presence of unconsented or unpermitted building work is often not obvious but can potentially cost a purchaser thousands to rectify and remedy. Further information about building consent, compliance and alterations – and the penalties for breaches of building rules – may be found on your local council’s website (Whangarei, Kaipara, Far North and Auckland councils.)


As Whangarei’s pre purchase building inspection experts, the team at Asset Property Inspections offers assistance clarifying whether the newly-introduced government rules about Restricted Building Work affect your home.


We are often told by our clients that their solicitor is checking for the presence of unconsented building work which is great, however unless you visit the site then compare what is recorded on the council property file to what is actually on site, you will never know if an illegal addition or alteration has been made to the property. Some classic examples of this are excavations below the home to allow storage and/or additional rooms. Additions and renovations that should have been formally checked and recorded. This work can potentially undermine the building structure.


We often find that this type of work would not comply with the New Zealand Building Code and is sometimes dangerous and of poor quality. We can add a compliance check with all building inspections. Please be aware this normally increases the report turnaround time as we must order and fully review the council property files.


We’re here to help you interpret the government’s Building Code and clarify what building work does and does not require consent.