Who are Home and Building Inspection Team Nelson?

NelsonWhy should people use our services ?

We are solution based ,we come from a practical background being builders and we have competitive pricing amongst the rest. I have been self employed in the past and had up to 20 staff at one stage. This is definitely a nice change from running staff and just being myself.

Originally from Wellington I jumped over the ditch about 6 years ago to Nelson. Coming up 12 months with Home and building inspection Team Nelson and it has been a nice change.

We have competitive pricing and the automated software we use helps us immensely. With our inspections we take up to 2 hours on site and then between 30mins and 1 to write up a report. We spend more time looking at the house not writing. With the automated system you don’t actually miss anything as you have a checklist so your memory is always jogged in each room as what to look for.We take photos in a lot of the areas as well. I have heard some of the others don’t get into the tight spaces You have to get into tight spaces to inspect and be used to walking on roofs etc


What makes our skills and knowledge so important when inspecting a home?

I think just having a building background and understanding and knowledge of how things have been put together and constructed. I have a background in renovations and alterations in previous years. Doing that type of work gives you a great insight into what to look for e.g. dampness and rot and looking in the right areas. Domestic houses are my background and have spent many years projecting managing and running jobs.


What is it that you actually look for when doing a house inspection?

The key things are moisture in the roof spaces and wet areas in the bathroom and cracks and moisture around windows. A lot of it depends on the cladding of the house and also the era of the house. With the 80’s there were lots of products that failed and were not as good as they are now. A lot of particle board was put in and there was also asbestos around too. Having a knowledge of the different eras helps.


What type of houses are there in Nelson?

We get a lot of Stucco house in Nelson, more than I saw in Wellington. The houses are quite different in weather tightness with respect to coming from Wellington where you are used to horizontal rain and an earthquake zone where as in Nelson some of the houses wouldn’t stand 5 minutes in Wellington conditions. So you have to take into account the conditions of your own area as well. A lot of the flashing systems that were in place in Wellington aren’t seen or needed here.


Are they up with the Council code?

Yes of course they are up with the regulations at the time we get alot of those questions. A lot of builders go and say well they don’t meet the codes but they obviously met the codes at the time of construction which is what we are looking at and the time of the renovation.


You have been building for how many years?

About 25 years and my father for a few more than that 45-50 years he’s been at it so combined there is a lot of knowledge base there. My father lives an hour and a half away but he looks over all my reports so I have another experienced eye looking over them, checking up and looking for things I have missed.


What is your current team? Do you have a network i.e. plumbers,electricians?

Previously I had a building company so I know a lot of sub trades that I have used and can refer on to customers. In Nelson there are a lot of buyers from outside the region who don’t have that sort of support or local knowledge base so they appreciate the knowledge and rapport I have with the specialised fields. I have some idea after being through a few houses as to what to look for and what doesn’t look right or is out of place. Looking out for old/new fuses and looking out for the black rubber. You see Ducks quest a lot as it has been used frequently in Nelson. It is a black pipe used in the 80’s which is now a faulty product.The name is written on it. An insurance company may not insure your property if this piping is present. Home owners may not know it is there as you wont see it unless you are in the ceiling or floor space. Bits can be replaced but it is best to replace the whole lot.Its good to get it look at if you have concerns it may be in your house especially if you are paying for water usage as the pipes can burst at anytime.


Which areas in Nelson do you cover?

My territory is Lewis Pass to Farewell Spit.I cover Atawai, Richmond, Golden Bay, Tanated Lakes Motueka  and Tahunanui lot of work in Nelson, Richmond and Motueka.


Why do people need to use a building inspector?

Well its like buying a car you get an aa report. I don’t know anything about cars so I get an aa report so that I know it is going to be safe and sound. House inspections are pretty much the same. Piece of mind and satisfaction that you have someone who has expertise in the field. You get a written report that is easy to read and a lot of those reports get forwarded on to lawyers etc and come quite handy in the negotiation process when it comes to the remedial work that is needed as it is all highlighted. The banks are also getting into looking for reports. With conveying lawyers, banks and insurance companies the reports are becoming very popular. In Nelson even the real estate agents are noting the growth in building inspections in general,some even go as far as telling their clients they should get one before they purchase a property.



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