Who Does House Inspections? All You Need To Know About Pre-Purchase Inspections

Who Does House Inspections? All You Need To Know About Pre-Purchase Inspections

Buying a home in New Zealand is an exciting and monumental milestone. However, it’s also a significant financial investment that requires careful consideration. One crucial step in the home-buying process is the pre-purchase house inspection, which helps uncover any potential issues or hidden defects in the property.

If you’re a new home buyer, you may have asked questions like ‘Who does house inspections?’ and ‘What should I look for in a pre-purchase inspection?’ This article explores some of these common questions and sheds light on how to ensure your home is thoroughly inspected before moving in.

Who does house inspections?

Pre-purchase house inspections are typically done by property inspectors. Property Inspectors are people who have experience in trades and will generally have a building, surveying or project management background. These types of inspections will outline the potential risk you are taking on with a property by assessing defects such as roof leaks, gas and plumbing, as well as identifying potential future defects that can cause you issues with your home in the future. Pest inspection is generally included in a pre-purchase inspection.

A typical pre-purchase home inspection requires the property inspector to visit the home at the scheduled time, assess the house, and provide a detailed building report of any structural or pest issues. This report gives homeowners peace of mind that their homes are in liveable condition before moving in.

What’s covered in a pre-purchase inspection?

When it comes to a pre-purchase inspection, knowing what to expect is essential. A detailed house inspection report provides you with a comprehensive overview of the property’s condition, enabling you to make an informed decision.

A typical home inspection covers the following:

  • Weathertightness Risk in areas such as the Roof, Cladding and Flashings
  • Moisture testing and assessment
  • Building foundation inspection
  • Condition of building materials (interior and exterior materials)
  • Roofing and roof cover
  • Windows and frames
  • Fences and retaining walls
  • Balconies and stairs
  • Plumbing, electrical, and pest overview

For a full view of what our inspections cover we recommend you check out a sample report and our terms.

How to choose the right property inspectors?

When it comes to choosing the right company for your home inspection, you want someone friendly, knowledgeable, and with a local touch. Your property inspectors should be a trustworthy source committed to providing comprehensive and reliable residential property inspections.

Here’s what to look for when selecting a property inspector.


Having an experienced inspector means that you can trust them to have an extensive knowledge of New Zealand’s building regulations and standards. Ideally, you’d also want a Licensed Building Practitioner with strong experience in the building industry.

For example, Dane Robinson and the team at The Property Inspectors stay up to date with industry trends and continuously enhance our skills to provide clients with a top-notch, compliant, and trusted service.


Your property inspectors should strongly believe in leaving no stone unturned when it comes to inspections. This meticulous approach ensures that every aspect of the property is examined, giving you a comprehensive understanding of its condition.

At The Property Inspectors, attention to detail is our trademark. Our thorough approach to inspections provides clients with the ultimate protection and peace of mind when purchasing their property.


Open and honest communication is an important criterion when selecting an inspector. This means delivering clear property inspection reports and clarifying any building or structural questions.

The Property Inspectors believe that your satisfaction is our utmost priority. Our team goes the extra mile to make our house inspection reports clear, concise, and easy to understand.

Types of residential property inspections

Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned investor, there’s a range of residential property inspections that cater to your specific needs. Here are some of the common types of pre-purchase inspections:

  1. Standard House Inspection: This is a popular inspection type that comprehensively assesses the property’s overall condition. To proceed with speed and confidence in your new home, you’d want to engage with a company that offers same-day turn-around inspection services.
  2. Pre-Auction Inspection: If you’re considering bidding at an auction, a pre-auction inspection gives you a thorough understanding of the property’s condition, helping you make an informed decision.
  3. New-Build Inspection: For builders and homeowners building a new home, a new-build inspection provides peace of mind by ensuring that your property meets all the necessary standards and regulations.

Conducting a pre-purchase property inspections with The Property Inspectors

When it comes to house inspections in New Zealand, Dane and The Property Inspectors are the trusted partners of homeowners and builders. With our expertise , thoroughness, and commitment to transparent communication, we provide comprehensive inspections that give our clients peace of mind.

First-time property inspections

We understand that buying your first home can be overwhelming. That’s why The Property Inspectors are here to guide you through the process. With our friendly and knowledgeable approach, Dane will walk you through each step of the inspection, explaining our findings in plain language.

We aim to empower you with the knowledge you need to make an informed decision and embark on your homeownership journey with confidence.

Protection and Peace of Mind

The Property Inspectors carry $1,000,000 Professional Indemnity Insurance and Public Liability Insurance, as required by the New Zealand Standard 4306. Our team takes every precaution to protect you and your investment from any harm.

Key Takeaway

Buying a home is a significant investment, and rarely can you get a good assessment of your home from one or two private visits. A pre-purchase inspection helps you assess your property and feel secure in your new home.

Don’t leave your home-buying journey to chance; get a free quote from the Property Inspectors today and embark on your next adventure with confidence. Call us at +64 27 2939 808 for a free property inspection quote, or fill in our contact form today.