Policy

Statement of Policy

This report should be viewed by your solicitor. If you have any questions about this please do not hesitate to ask, by emailing or phoning one of the numbers at the bottom of these pages.

Scope:

The inspection and corresponding report are based on a limited visual inspection of the standard systems and components of the home. The purpose of the inspection is to identify major current deficiencies that are visually identifiable at the time of the inspection. The report shall include: grounds, structure, exterior, roofs, plumbing, electrical, interior, and insulation/ventilation; the procedure for their inspection will be conducted in accordance with NZS 4306: 2005. New Zealand Standard, Residential Property Inspection.

Limitations:

Any areas that are concealed, contained, inaccessible, or cannot be seen, due to walls, ceilings, floors, insulation, soils, vegetation, furniture, stored items, systems, appliances, vehicles, or any other object, will not be inspected or included in the report. The client agrees to assume all the risk, for any condition or problems that may be concealed at the time of the inspection. Nothing will be dismantled during the inspection, and there will be no destructive testing performed. Appliances and spa/pool equipment special cycles or features are not inspected; none of the appliances or equipment will be dismantled, and no determination of their efficiency will be made.

The client understands that the house inspector has had a minimum of ten years’ experience in the building industry and has had specific training in the procedures of house inspections. The report is not a guarantee, warranty, or any form of insurance, and is not to be used as a substitute for a final walk-through inspection by the client. Waikato Building Reports Ltd (‘Company’) shall retain all intellectual property/copyright in the report including all photos, drawings, specifications and other documents prepared by the building inspector. The client shall be entitled to use the report only for the purpose for which it was intended. The client may reproduce the report in which the Company has copyright, as reasonably required in connection with the purchase of the house but not otherwise. The client shall have no right to use any of these documents where any or all of the fees and expenses remain payable to the Company.

Reasonable Access:

Reasonable access is access that is safe, unobstructed and which has a minimum clearance of 450 x 400 mm opening access door that can be safely accessed from a 3.6 m ladder and a minimum crawl space of 610 x 610 mm in the ceiling space and 500 x 400 mm opening access door and a minimum crawl space of 500mm vertical clearance for the sub floor area. Roofs are able to be safely accessed from a 3.6 m ladder. (Or if the minimum clearance is not available, the area is within the inspector’s unobstructed line of vision).

Items and Conditions Excluded From the Report Include:

Building codes, zoning ordinance violations, geological stability, soil conditions, structural stability, engineering analysis, termites or other infestations, asbestos, formaldehyde, water or air contaminants of any kind, toxic moulds, rotting (non visual), electromagnetic radiation, environmental hazards, appraisal of property value, repair estimates, detached buildings, sheds, underground condition of pool and spa bodies and related piping, items marked as not inspected within the report, private water systems, septic systems, saunas, specialized electronic controls of any kind, elevators, dumb waiters, water softener and purification systems, solar systems, internal system components, security systems, system adequacy or efficiency, prediction of life expectancy of any item or system, minor and/or cosmetic problems, latent or concealed defects.

This report does not cover any buildings suffering from rotting homes, leaky homes and toxic mould situations, however areas that the inspector believes to be potential problem areas are checked throughly looking for other clues. Rotting of framing can only be determined by invasive testing which means removing wall linings. This would not be done without the written consent of the owner. We will consider weather tightness, regardless of age; however it will not be measured against appendix A of the Standards or to E2/AS1 of the Building Code, Matrix and Evaluation, as this would be subject to a specialist report.

Disputes and Limitation on Liability:

The client understands and agrees that any claim against the accuracy of the report, in the form of errors or omissions is limited to the failure on the part of the inspector to follow the New Zealand Standard; NZS 4306: 2005 Residential Property Inspection (a copy is held at our office for viewing if required). The client agrees to notify the inspector of any dispute in written form, within ten days of discovery. The client further agrees that with the exception of emergency conditions, no repairs, replacements or alterations of the claimed discrepancy shall be made before the inspector can re-inspect the said item. Client understands and agrees that any failure to notify the inspector as stated above shall constitute a waiver of any and all claims for said failure to accurately report the condition in question. In the event of making a claim against Waikato Building Reports Ltd you need to contact our office immediately and request a claim form.

Important Information:

You need to be aware that it is possible for problems in a house to be disguised to prevent detection. If you notice anything on the day you move into the property that was not visible at the time of your visit and our inspection then you should immediately contact us to discuss.

Vendor Inspections:

The vendor is required to notify the inspector of any existing conditions that you are aware of that have been an issue or may become a problem at the time of the inspection.

Cancellation Policy:

If the inspection is cancelled up to 24 hours before the inspection is due to be undertaken, a fee of $100 will be charged. If the inspection is cancelled within a 24 hour period of the due date of the inspection, the full cost of the inspection will be charged. We reserve the right to apply this policy at our discretion.

Payment Policy:

Payment is due on delivery of the inspection report unless otherwise arranged. NO Statement or receipt will be issued. All costs associated with debt collection will be added to the value of the invoice. Interest will be added at 2% per month for overdue accounts.

Insurers Disclaimer:

(a) This is a report of a visual only, non-invasive inspection of the areas of the building which were readily visible at the time of inspection. The inspection does not include any areas or components which were concealed or closed in behind finished surfaces (such as plumbing, drainage, heating, framing, ventilation, insulation or wiring) or which required the moving of anything which impeded access or limited visibility (such as floor coverings, furniture, appliances, personal property, vehicles, vegetation, debris or soil).

(b) The inspection did not assess compliance with the NZ Building Code including the Code’s weather tightness requirements, or structural aspects. On request, specialist inspections can be arranged of weather tightness or structure or of any systems including electrical, plumbing, gas or heating.

(c) As the purpose of the inspection was to assess the general condition of the building based on the limited visual inspection described in (a), this report may not identify all past, present or future defects. Descriptions in this report of systems or appliances relate to existence only and not adequacy or life expectancy. Any area or component of the building or any item or system not specifically identified in this report as having been inspected was excluded from the scope of the inspection.

 

METHAMPHETAMINE TESTING ASSESSMENT STATEMENT OF POLICY
SCOPE & LIMITATIONS
NZS 8510:2017 is the NZ Standard for testing and decontamination of methamphetamine-contaminated properties and is the benchmark for setting levels of competency. Waikato Building Reports is guided by this Standard. Where any condition or problem may have been concealed at the time of the assessment the client agrees to assume all risk. It is possible for contamination in a house to be disguised to prevent detection, and where recent renovation work has occurred then this shall be commented on in the assessment report. Waikato Building Reports will not move occupier owned items during the course of an assessment.

DISCLOSURE
On or before this assessment the client is required to notify Waikato Building Reports of any existing or possible conditions they are aware of that could materially affect the content of this report including but not limited to recent renovation works, and/or any previous methamphetamine screening reports.

REASONABLE ACCESS
Waikato Building Reports is to have fair and reasonable access to the property. Generally an assessment will take between
0.5 – 1 hours and the property owner, prospective purchaser, or agent may be in attendance. During this process the sampler shall have fair and reasonable access to the property.

COPYRIGHT & INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Waikato Building Reports Ltd (‘Company’) shall retain all intellectual property/copyright in the report including all photos, drawings, specifications and other documents prepared by the building inspector. The client shall be entitled to use the report only for the purpose for which it was intended. The client may reproduce the report in which the Company has copyright, as reasonably required in connection with the purchase or rental of the house but not otherwise. The client shall have no right to use any of these documents where any or all of the fees and expenses remain payable to the Company.

 

LIMITATIONS & EXCLUSIONS
Where testing is undertaken only areas identified in the report were examined, and only those materials and locations described tested. There may be contaminants in areas that were not tested. Our testing results performed reflect the built environment only at the time and location where it was undertaken. In sampling we have adopted a pre-cautionary approach with a worksite plan to minimise any issues of sampling contamination. Where an assessment is undertaken samples are forwarded to Hills Laboratory for sampling analysis, using screening assessment sampling methodology. Where screening assessment sampling is undertaken these results will be averaged throughout the property, and dependent on the levels present, may require further sampling and a detailed assessment in accordance with NZS 8510:2017. The current acceptable levels of methamphetamine contamination are 1.5g per 100cm for high-use areas, and 3.8g per 100cm for limited-use areas (such as crawl spaces and subfloor areas), as set out by NZS 8510:2017. It is also noted there can be a high variation of contamination levels within the building envelope.

Waikato Building Reports Ltd

Inspector: Ian Runciman
Mobile:
021 786 246
Email: buildingreportswaikato@gmail.com
Website: www.waikatobuildingreports.co.nz