Builders Report | Pre-Purchase / Pre-Sale Inspections


At The House Inspector we specialise in Property inspections, Meth testing, P testing, Asbestos testing, Thermal imaging and leak detection.

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Our Services

We provide comprehensive house inspection services that will give you and your family peace of mind when buying or selling your house. It’s also important to ensuring that your property is safe, clean and up to NZ standards.

Residential Building Inspection


Highest quality building inspection

We provide a premium property inspection, also known as builders reports or pre-purchase reports or pre-purchase reports. Our property inspection aligns with the highest standards set out by New Zealand Authorities. Our comprehensive building reports are 30-40 pages of precise detailed checks with clearly highlighted weather-tightness issues and faults. We also note maintenance items that you may need to consider. Perfect for those individuals or families that are about to purchase or sell a house.

What does the building inspection include?
  • Comprehensive report.
  • Qualified Builders Inspection.
  • Electrical testing (complementary).
  • Certificate of inspection.
  • Check and inspect moisture, house, plumbing & electrical.
  • Fast turnaround.
  • Methamphetamine residual testing (Optional/extra).

Pre Auction Walk Through – Verbal Report

A cursory inspection with verbal reporting that is only suitable in some situations.
For example:

  • Prior to an auction or in a limited time frame purchase.
  • If your lender does not require a written report.
  • Other situations when a written report is not required i.e. If a home is brand new and you are looking for peace of mind.

We will inspect the property using normal methods, moisture meters etc. As with a normal builders report inspection. However, there is no written or photographic reporting provided. We will inform you of the construction style and what materials have been used and provide you with comments on any significant faults we may have seen.

What is checked in the property inspection?

The Site

Orientation of living spaces, site exposure, contour & vegetation, retaining walls, paths, steps, handrails & driveways, fencing, surface water control.


Subfloor – location of access point, accessibility, foundation type & condition, foundation walls, ground condition, ground vapour barrier, drainage, ventilation adequacy, pile type, instability & condition, pile to bearer connections, obvious structural alteration, ground clearance of timber framing, floor type, timber framing & bracing, insulation type, coverage & condition, plumbing types, leakage & support, electrical type & support, insect & pest infestation, rotting timbers, debris.


Construction type, cladding, chimneys, exterior stairs, balconies, verandahs, patios etc.


Roof material, roof condition, roof water collection, downpipes, eaves, fascia & soffits

Roof Space

Accessibility, roof cladding, thermal insulation type, clearances, thickness & coverage, sarking, party walls, fire proofing, roof underlay & support, roof frame construction & connections, ceiling construction, obvious structural alteration, insect & pest infestation, rotting timbers, discharges into roof space, plumbing types, leakage & support, electrical type & support, tile fixings.


Ceilings, walls, timber floors, concrete floors, doors & frames, electrical operation of switches etc, heating systems, kitchen bench top, cabinetry, sink, tiles, air extraction system, bathroom wc, ensuite, floor, cistern, pan & bidet, tiles, bath, shower, vanity/wash basin, ventilation, special features, laundry location, floor, tubs/cabinet, tiles, ventilation, storage, stairs, exterior windows & doors.


Fire warning & control systems, heating systems, central vacuum systems, ventilation systems, security system, electricity services, gas services, water services, hot water services, foul water disposal, grey water recycling system, rainwater collection systems, solar heating, aerials & antennae, shading systems, telecommunications, lifts.

Ancillary Spaces and Buildings

Exterior claddings, floors, roofs, subfloor and identify significant defects visible at the time of the inspection.

Moisture Testing

When your purchase a house inspection you get FREE MOISTURE DETECTION ​.

Meth Testing


Add Meth (P) Testing – Purchase a house inspection and a Meth Test and get a $50 discount. METH TESTING carried out in accordance with the NZ Ministry of Health guidelines by a fully certified Meth (P) tester.

Certified Samplers and NZ’s top Lab ensure quality testing!
We are not linked to any remediation companies, so can provide an unbiased assessment of your property. After samples are correctly taken, an analysis is conducted at an accredited laboratory. You can trust the results.

Thermal Imaging – Infrared



Due to New Zealand’s leaky home crisis, some banks are now requesting a thermal image survey of a property prior to purchase. However, thermal imaging is not a silver bullet but one of several tools that can be used in moisture detection.

Thermal imaging inspections: detect the surface temperature of an area. Thermal imaging does not see inside walls. It simply enables the inspectors to look for temperature differences that may help to identify the presence of moisture.

Thermal imaging is one tool that can enable The house inspector to carry out a thorough building inspection of the property.


We provide house inspections from Tauranga to Hamilton while also serving the following areas:

The Coromandel including:








Coromandel Town

Thames Coast

The Bay Of Plenty – Waikato:

Tauranga – Mt Maunganui

Te Puke – Papamoa

Pyes Pa – The Lakes

Omokoroa – Katikati






Open Hours

Available: 8am – 6pm – 7 Days


Our Location

15 Gabriela Close

Pyes Pa

Tauranga 3112

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