Born and bred in Rotorua, Scott O’Connell has come onboard with TelferYoung Rotorua undertaking Building Surveying. After beginning his working years completing a joinery apprenticeship followed by a building apprenticeship, he then went on to project management for a housing group servicing the Bay of Plenty.
During Scott’s career he has gained a wealth of knowledge in the building industry, with a fine eye for detail.
Scott is really looking forward to working with the TelferYoung team and providing Rotorua and Taupo with a high level of reporting and professional services.
Buying a home for most, will be the biggest single transaction you will ever make. If you are considering this, one of the most important steps in the journey is to engage experts in their respective fields to help you through this process.
A building report will investigate the structural integrity of a dwelling and notify you of any issues or defects with the dwelling. This enables you to either negotiate with the vendor to have the defects rectified, accept the property with the defects known or cancel the agreement. A building report also enables you to be informed of any renovation or upcoming maintenance required.
A pre-purchase inspection can also be a pre-requisite by insurance companies and banks. This requirement is becoming more common due to changes in lending criteria and 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.
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 with transparency between all parties and allows 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 company criteria.
+ 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.
This inspection/report looks only at the cladding to assess potential for moisture ingress and overall cladding integrity.
+ Unauthorised Works
Unauthorised work is work that has been undertaken without a Building Permit (Prior to 1992) or a Building Consent after 1992.
If a property looks to have unpermitted or unauthorised work, you have three options:
+ Meth Testing
Meth testing is important to ensure you are purchasing a healthy home. As meth use is present in both rental properties and family homes a meth test enables you to make an informed choice on the purchase. Meth testing by a qualified trained professional is the only way to be confident that Meth or “P” has not contaminated your home or your rental, protecting your family, tenants and your investment. Let us manage the process from start to finish with a 48 hour turn around and don’t let Meth become your problem.
+ Asbestos Testing
Houses and commercial buildings built between 1930 and 2000 are known to contain asbestos based building products such as lino flooring, roofing tiles, electrical boards, textured ceilings and soffit. Asbestos testing will help to avoid being caught out when purchasing a home, or before renovating to ensure there is no health risk to yourself, your family or your tenants. With buyers seeking discounts from sellers in order to make sure they can afford to have asbestos based products removed by a professional, getting an asbestos test will ensure you’ll know exactly what disruption or potential health risks you or your tenants could face or any financial costs you could be up against after purchasing.
+ Healthy Homes
The requirements of the Healthy Holmes standard are that all rental homes must comply with specific rules regarding insulation, heating, ventilation, moisture ingress & drainage and draught stopping by July 2021. We can provide a full examination of your property and report on (as a Landlord) what is required of you, to ensure you meet these new requirements.
To order an inspection please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org