Nelson Building Reports has closed for a long summer break.
Back in late February 2024.
Your home is the most important purchase of your life.
I carry out thorough building inspections
and write comprehensive, understandable professional reports.
I appraise your potential home objectively and, prior to contract settlement, find building issues, whether council, defects, or hazards, which may cause significant future expenses.
The Nelson/Tasman region has some common building issues that are worth knowing about prior to property purchase. They can be expensive to rectify:
- The connection of sub-floor structure to piles, and sub-floor bracing. (Important for earthquake stability.)
- Leaky plumbing pipes, ie, Dux Qest. (These faulty polybutylene pipes were used extensively in Nelson over a 12-year period in the 1980s.)
- Incomplete or unauthorised renovations. (It can be expensive and time-consuming to regularise with the council, and affect insurance for the property.)
- Council Resource Management Plan Overlays: Fault Hazard, Grampians Slope Risk, Tahuna Slump Slope Risk, Floodpath, Inundation, Airport Effects Control, Port Effects Control, Land Management, etc. (The consequences of these can be surprisingly restrictive.)
- Not yet incorporated council issues: liquefaction, revised slope instability.
Nelson also has many common building issues found throughout New Zealand.
- Moisture. The internal faces of external walls and around any shower are checked for excessive moisture levels.
- Sub-standard or missing insulation.
- Poor sub-floor ventilation and associated dampness.
- Deferred maintenance.
- Unsafe glazing. Other fall, slip or trip hazards.
- Lack of electrical safety switches.
I am well trained in both the technical aspects of building inspections, and clear and understandable report writing.
I trained and worked as an architect in Auckland, then worked overseas on both large and domestic buildings for far too long. I ran my own architecture practice for 15 years, with many residential clients. I established Nelson Building Reports in 2015.
After professional training in building inspections with Australia's largest building inspection service, Archicentre, over the following 12 years, I undertook hundreds of inspections for a variety of purposes: pre-purchase, independent living appraisals, building handover and specific building advice.
Like any building inspector, I have extensive knowledge and experience with the building construction process, the New Zealand Building Code, current building Standards, and technical issues. All inspectors should be able to identify and note building defects in accordance with Residential Property Inspection Standard NZS4306:2005.
I also include additional explanations that go beyond the scope of the Standard:
- Implications for any restrictive council Resource Management Plan overlay or area.
- Safety hazards in the home.
- Explanation of issues in the council property file. (Yes, you need to see and understand those.)
All in a clear, easy-to-understand report.
As you can see in my typical Nelson building issues, I spend the time to write extensive notes about the specific issues I identify. I do not just put a cross in a box and have a vague single-sentence observation. Your report will have an extensive explanation as to the cause and remedy of each issue identified.
Feel free to talk about anything that may be a concern.
Houses are big, complex, and never perfect, but my independent expertise gives an objective appraisal of the condition of the house, and helps you make an informed choice about your purchase.
Graeme Coop, B Arch (hons)