We now do Building Inspections. Adding a building inspection division to our established valuation practice was a logical decision. We believe it will make the often disjointed process of purchasing and selling a home more streamlined, by minimising the number of contractors involved. 

 

Lans Hasselman has joined us to provide the technical knowledge and expertise behind these reports.

Lans is a qualified building surveyor offering services including building inspections, moisture testing and thermal imaging, meth testing and insulation reporting to meet Tenancy Act requirements.

Lans has been operating as a registered and practicing builder for over 22 years and has built his professional reputation on trust and honesty. Lans is passionate about his trade and is Hawkes Bay born and bread.

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Our Inspections

+ Pre-purchase

Buying a home is possibly the biggest single transaction you will ever make. If you are contemplating this, it is wise to engage experts in their respective fields to help you through this process.

A building report investigates the structural integrity of the dwelling and advise you if there are any issues or defects with the dwelling. You can then negotiate with the vendor to have the defects rectified, accept the property with the defects known or cancel the agreement. It will also give you an idea of any renovation or upcoming maintenance required.
A pre-purchase inspection may also be a pre-requisite by insurance companies and banks. This is becoming more common due to changes in lending criteria and as a result of the Christchurch earthquake. These changes may have an impact on the type, age and condition of property that they will allow you to purchase. We recommend that you discuss these issues with your lender and insurance company prior to searching for your dream home.

+ Pre-sale

If the property you are selling is constructed with materials that may have potential issues, your agent may recommend that you obtain a building inspection report on the property. This helps to satisfy potential buyers of transparency between all parties and give you time to carry out any remedial work before listing your property.
An inspection may also be required by insurance companies and banks when you are considering changes to your contracts with either institution. This is becoming more common due to changes in banks’ lending criteria and insurance companies criteria.

+ Moisture Testing and Thermal Imaging

Moisture Testing
Moisture Testing uses either a capacitance and/or resistance moisture meter. These meters have a thin probe which is inserted into (usually) the Gib board of areas where the inspector suspects moisture ingress. Although the probe is thin, it will leave a small hole but is virtually undetectable afterwards. Readings of up to 18% are considered acceptable. However, if readings are higher than 18%, the inspector may recommend upgrading to a Thermal Imaging Report.

Thermal Imaging
Lans is also a qualified Thermographer and uses quality Fluke thermal imaging equipment.
Thermal imaging cameras indicate changes of temperature in the building materials. A decrease in temperature generally indicates retention of moisture in the material scanned.
Thermal imaging inspections will use this technology in areas prone to moisture ingress such as under windows, around doors or where a moisture meter has indicated high readings to highlight those areas to investigate further.

+ Cladding

This inspection/report looks only at the cladding to assess potential for moisture ingress and overall cladding integrity.

Get in touch to arrange an inspection.