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Contact Tony Walker on 0800 470470


To book your inspection today, Contact Tony on: 

Mobile        0800470470
After Hours  0800 470470





The Home & Building Inspection Team Nelson is part of a national franchise group covering most areas throughout New Zealand. We pride ourselves on providing a quality service and product guaranteeing to get your report back to you within 24hrs of visiting the site.

Our building reports are for home owners and sellers.
Our reports are easy to understand and talk to you in your language and are based on NZ Standards NZ4306.  Our reports are also  non-invasive visual reports and provide you with plenty of photos so you can see and tell exactly what we’re talking about.

Home Buyers

Home sellers after the leaky building crisis are now more aware of what the potential problems could be if they don’t get a home looked at professionally. The home buying process for a long time and still is today an emotional decision for a lot of people. Pragmatism seems to go out the window when you see a home that you can see you and your family in for the next 8-10 years,  it becomes an emotional decision and not worrying if the plumbing or electrics at this stage  often becomes a trap, which can easily come back and bite you, turning your dream into a nightmare. We hear these stories often in our industry, but the good news is that more and more people, with the help of banks and solicitors helpful advise, are becoming more aware of how much of a cost-saving tool a building report can be.

Home Sellers

Home sellers are now more than ever having property reports carried out before they put their property in the market. It’s becoming more popular for a couple of reasons:

1. Sellers can find out what needs to be done before the property goes on the market so they have the opportunity to fix up what potential buyers may see as a hindrance to buying the property and if not a hindrance, will usually take off the things that need to be fixed up off the asking price and for the inconvenience of having to get these things done will normally put their own “I’ll do it myself” margin on for it.

2. Sellers can the best possible price if they’re presenting a property for sale, when competing against other houses on the market,  that does not require any major fixes other than just standard maintenance.


The population in Nelson is 46, 200 and is a beautiful place to live.  A lot of people move to Nelson for the lifestyle and weather. Here’s a good resource all about Nelson if you’d like to learn more.


Feel free to view a sample  report here.


Our Prices*

1-3 Bedrooms                                          
4 + Bedrooms                                          
Double Storey                                        
* Prices are subject to change outside the greater nelson area.
* All prices exclude GST. Extra charge of $25 for printed reports.

New Real Estate Clause Causes Concern For Home Owners

New rules requiring real estate agents to alert buyers and sellers to potential defects in a property are causing anxiety for home owners and agents, uncertain of exactly what this means.

The recent changes to the real estate agents Code of Conduct require agents who become aware of possible defects in a property they are selling, to warn the seller and the buyer and advise them to seek independent advice from a suitably qualified expert.

If a seller tells an agent about a defect and asks them not to disclose it to a buyer, the agent must immediately stop working for them.

The issue of what constitutes a “potential defect” is making Nelson agents, home owners and buyers anxious. They are uncertain of their liabilities if they don’t spot a defect, and are concerned the new rules will lead to confusion and protracted delays while potential issues are investigated and resolved.

Local Nelson builder Tony Walker, who with father Ross has just launched the building inspection franchise HABiT in Nelson, says the new clause doesn’t have to be a deal-breaker.

“It’s about ensuring agents, sellers and buyers all get the right advice from an expert who can help them find solutions,” says Walker. “I know that some real estate agents are concerned they don’t have the experience to pick up defects. And sellers sometimes want to cover them up because they don’t understand how simple they may be to fix.”

Walker, a registered master builder and licenced building practitioner, says the best solution all round is to proactively assess a home for problems before it goes on the market, identify any issues and find solutions that can be achieved quickly and cost effectively.

Tony and Ross Walker have more than 75 years of building experience between them, accruing a swag of gold, silver and bronze Master Builders awards for their work on residential and commercial buildings. Their resume includes large high end homes designed by leading architects, as well as large and small alteration and additions in the Wellington and Nelson regions.

They believe their launch of HABiT in Nelson couldn’t have come at a better time.

“More and more people want the reassurance of a building inspection from a highly trained and experienced professional to ensure there are no hiccups in the home buying or selling process,” says Tony.

“Our point of difference is that we are focused on solutions, not on problems. We want to help the agent, the seller and the buyer to identify possible problems and work with them to find a way through to a successful conclusion.”

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