The different types of building inspection services we offer

Published: 14 July 2021

A building inspection can mean many different things. There is no official definition of a building inspection, and this ambiguity may lead to problems down the line. Homeowners can order an inspection, expecting a full, comprehensive report, but end up with a quick once over of the outside of the building. 

That’s not an issue here at HS Building Inspections. We let our clients know exactly what they are getting, from initial consultation through to final report and recommendations. We understand the importance of checking everything, both inside and out, in as many ways as we can. Our experienced team know it’s important for you to understand what’s going on, which is why we explain things in plain English, along with fully comprehensive reports, both written and verbal.

Below are the services we offer when it comes to building inspections.

Prelisting / Prepurchase Building Inspections

If you’re buying a home, it is essential to know if there are any major problems with it beforehand. Imagine buying a house for you and your family, only to discover the walls are filled with damp and mould, or the grounds flood whenever it rains. Unfortunately, this happens more often than you think.

The same can be said when selling a home. Ordering a building inspection before going to market will mean any deal will be less likely to fall through at the last minute. A house on the market with a building inspection already carried out and certified as having no problems will be much more likely to sell, giving you a succinct advantage over other sellers.

Handing over keys to new home

Thermal Imaging Inspections

​Thermographic inspections are quickly becoming a standard prepurchase test for homebuyers. There’s a lot more going on behind the walls of a house than you realise, and that’s where a thermal imaging inspection comes into play. These non-intrusive and affordable inspections are a great way to see what the human eye cannot. ​By using a special infrared camera to inspect your house, we can literally see where the heat is escaping from. A thorough house inspection is one thing, but a thermographic inspection takes it to another level.

Meth Testing

The epidemic of methamphetamine labs across the country is terrifying. They seem to be popping up all over New Zealand, and homes in every suburb are affected by it. So how can you tell your home hasn’t at one time been a meth lab? Unfortunately, you can’t. It’s amazing what a lick of paint can do to a home.

Hidden meth labs are a serious problem here in New Zealand, from the obvious health issues associated with it, to financial ruin. Our qualified and experienced technicians can forensically test your home for a range of drugs and chemicals, giving you, and your family, peace of mind.

Electrical Inspections

According to statistics from the New Zealand Fire Service, electrical fires accounted for one in four of recorded incidents for fires in structures. Of those electrical fires 40% originated in a switchboard or meter box.

HS Building Inspections can find defects in electrical components and systems before serious problems arise. Using a thermal camera, we will undertake the necessary infrared tests to detect any overloading or excess heat in wiring systems. Even excluding the potential loss of life in a fire, the little money invested now on regular inspections could save tens of thousands of dollars down the road in equipment replacement and lost production.

Moisture Detection

Damp and mould are called the hidden killers, and it’s not hard to see why. Mould is a fungus, and its job is to break down organic matter. Unfortunately, your lungs fall into that category, and breathing in mould spores leads to serious respiratory problems.

Dark and wet places are the perfect breeding ground for damp and mould e.g. behind your walls and under your floorboards. As damp isn’t always visible to the naked eye, a casual inspection might miss it, but HS Building Inspections are thorough professionals, and using our specialist equipment, we make sure to find it wherever it may be hiding. 

Why choose HS Building Inspections

With over 30 years experience in the industry, our comprehensive building inspections cover everything you need to know. Every step of the process is explained both verbally and in writing, with suggestions on what to fix, how to fix it, and the possible consequences of not doing so.

Our wide-ranging reports look into every aspect of your home, but at the same time are completely unobtrusive. Contact us today if you have any questions about our building inspection services or if you’d like to know more. Our friendly and experienced staff will be happy to help.

Who are HS Building Inspections?​

​HS Building Inspections specialise in full comprehensive, non-invasive reports on your home and property. Our professional and highly experienced team are qualified to undertake building inspections, including thermographic, structural and electrical inspections.

Experienced, Registered and Certified

Easy to understand

Independent reports with no vested interest

We can make the invisible visible