When the DIY dream becomes a nightmare

When the DIY dream becomes a nightmare

Kiwis have this fantastic do-it-yourself attitude, and are often quite happy to take on a home renovation project themselves. TV shows like ‘The Block’ have only worked to reinforced that culture.

But the DIY dream can quickly turn into a nightmare. The problem I see is that DIY is sometimes done without a consent, or things are not built in accordance with the Building Act. Want to know what building work requires a consent?

The DIY job itself can be really shoddy too, and anyone unfortunate enough to buy such a house is usually taking on a pretty hefty repair. Unfortunately many well-intentioned DIY-ers simply lack the skills to do the jobs that they want to. Property Inspectors, like myself, can usually spot when a DIY enthusiast has renovated parts of a house – it screams out to us that the work wasn’t done properly.

Don’t do DIY?

DIY doesn’t need to spell disaster, but if you’re a DIY enthusiast then it’s best to get advice from a professional and find out what the legal restrictions are before you embark on any projects. If you’re not sure whether you can do it or not, then you almost certainly shouldn’t be! You might end up saving money and heartache by having a builder do it in the first place.

A survey taken a few years ago found that DIY jobs can reduce a house’s value by as much as 5%. At a time when the Auckland property market is red hot, it hardly seems worth creating such a mess.

Renovation botch-ups can cost thousands, and lead to shoddy work like leaky homes, rotting decks, and unstable walls and roofs. One builder went on record as saying that the most expensive fix he’d ever had to do was for a badly repaired roof, which had ultimately put his customer a staggering $50,000 out of pocket!

The worst offenders

Of course, the worst DIY jobs that I see usually come from people who didn’t bother to get building consents to do an important project, like add on an extension. Then they’re passing on the problem to the next buyer – which is one of the many reasons why getting a property inspection is so important!

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Hidden leaky pipes spring massive bills for homeowners

Hidden leaky pipes spring massive bills for homeowners

You may have heard of Dux Quest pipes, an issue that has been discussed on news shows in recent years.

They were eagerly installed in most houses built during the late 1970s or the 1980s. However, it was later discovered that Dux Quest pipes have a major flaw – they are prone to springing leaks!

Simply patching up the problem may seem like the obvious solution, right? But there’s not a lot of point in doing that since new leaks will just keep popping up again and again. I’d love to be able to give you a simple solution if you do have Dux Quest pipes, but the sad reality is that you’ll probably end up having to replace your house’s plumbing system.

Could you have Dux Quest pipes?

These distinctive black pipes are, even now, still present in tens of thousands of houses. It has become a major headache for insurance companies, who over the years have come to understand how extensive the problem is. Owners of houses built during the late 1970s – 1980s are seeing their insurance prices rise as a result.

Do you know what’s even scarier? If an insurance company is aware that your house has Dux Quest piping, then many of them won’t foot the bill for any plumbing leaks that spring up. That’s because Dux Quest is already known to be such a potential hazard.

So imagine your pipes spring a leak, causing water damage to your house. You might end up having to cover that repair bill with the money out of your own pocket, and then spend thousands to replace your house’s plumbing system! How many people can afford that?

It’s important to get a property inspection, which can tell you if the house has any clear signs of Dux Quest pipes.

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