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  • Requirements to consider when purchasing an investment property

    The Residential Tenancies Act 1986 requires landlords to provide and maintain rental properties in a reasonable state of repair and cleanliness. Recent amendments to the Act aimed at improving the standard of living have meant increased...
  • Spotting Problematic Cladding

    15 years have passed since New Zealand’s leaking home crisis first hit the headlines, rocking the housing market and causing buyers to become much more vigilant in their hunt for a suitable home. But problem cladding doesn’t end with...
  • 7 areas to investigate before purchasing your first home

    Current trends in the property market mean that some buyers are purchasing properties either unconditionally, or without any conditions attached to the sale and purchase agreement they enter into. Due to the competitive nature of the market,...
  • Calculating Replacement Insurance

    As building inspectors, we are often asked by house purchasers what price they should consider insuring their new property for under a replacement policy. This is often a difficult question to answer and in many cases an identical rebuild or...
  • Rot In Timbers Around The Home

    Almost all timber will deteriorate when exposed to moisture for long periods of time. Around the home, poor construction and lack of maintenance can speed up this process resulting in fungal decay, rot, and mould.   There are three broad...
  • The importance of bracing elements

    All houses are designed to withstand external forces imposed on them, and the two that are most frequently looked at under the Building Code when assessing Structure – B1 of the Code -  are Earthquake and Wind loadings. Both forces...