I have been involved in building and property management in New Zealand for almost 20 years and have seen many building inspections over the years. I certainly understand the necessity for building inspections and the professional nature of them, however, I also recognise that some of the issues brought about by building inspections can be easily avoided. For example, I know of a builder in Auckland that has built thousands of houses without a builders report in Auckland. He has also employed many builders over the years without having the necessary building inspections carried out. As a result, I think it is important that those building contractors who want to build a new home in Auckland carry out the necessary building inspections as soon as possible.
That is not to say that every builder will go through an asbestos testing program before building a house in Auckland, or that it is the responsibility of each and every builder to make sure they are adhering to a safe building program. However, there are many individuals and businesses who have hired sub-contractors, builders and building surveyors without first carrying out the necessary asbestos testing. Sub-contractors, builders and building surveyors do not need to worry about asbestos testing because they would not have been able to afford the comprehensive asbestos testing programs required to make sure they were not exposing their employees and building occupants to asbestos.
I think it is important that the individual who is completing a builders report in Auckland take into consideration the fact that there are other things that could affect the quality of the residential property. As an example, the report should state whether the property was built according to building plans and that the construction materials complied with building laws and regulations. In addition, the report should also contain a summary of the structural, electrical, ventilation, drainage, structural framing and interior finishes. If the residential property did not pass the above, then it should be rated “needs improvement”. This will mean additional expenditures to remedy the problem.
It is important for anyone building a home in Auckland to get a building permit. Building inspections will help you understand exactly what the building inspector is looking for when he is examining the property. The key to getting a good builders report in Auckland to stay on top of building approvals, building permits and renewals as they come available in your area. If you apply for a building permit early enough, you can actually avoid many inspections. Many inspectors will require a permit before inspecting your house, so you should check regularly to see if these permits are available and apply for them as soon as they are available.
An excellent way to keep abreast of building permits in Auckland is to contact Jim’s Building Inspections. Typically building departments will send building inspections either once per year or at least every 12 months. If your building is over fifteen years old, you might have to get a building permit for the first time during the year. Your home inspection Auckland professional can check the condition of all retaining walls, roof, floor, plumbing, gas lines and septic tank. He can also inspect the foundation and the structural integrity of the building.
An inspection done by an asbestos abatement professional will help you identify areas of the home that might have potential damage from asbestos. An asbestos inspection is usually recommended after the building has been constructed, but before it is finished. Companies that provide asbestos removal services in New Zealand will be able to advise you whether any asbestos material is still present on the property. In some cases it might be possible to have the asbestos removed yourself, but a building inspection can identify possible asbestos in the structure.
Builders report in Auckland will contain a summary of the findings from each inspection and recommendations for improvement. These can include recommendations for improving heating efficiency, reducing noise, improving insulation, and changing building structures to reduce fire risks and improve fire safety. It is important to follow these recommendations to ensure the continued safe use of your home by avoiding problems that might affect your health.