Home Inspections News – Issue 1

Buying a Property?



For the past 15 years, the home inspection industry has been growing by leaps and bounds. As the demands of the home buying public and the regulations regarding real estate have evolved. More and more people hire a home inspector when they are involved in a real estate transaction.

In today’s real estate market over 95% of real estate transactions involve a professional Home Inspection.

These services improve consumer confidence and lead to an increase in the success rate of home sales.

It is also more common for lenders and insurance companies to request a qualified home inspection report prior to putting a mortgage on a house or
insuring it. Real Estate Agents are continuing to demand excellence and professionalism from Home Inspectors, and to provide assistance and peace of mind to their home buyers and sellers.

Buying a new home can be stressful enough…even when everything turns out to be OK. But what about the hidden aspects of home buying? A building inspection from A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections will help you ensure your investment is sound. It will also relieve you of any doubts you have before purchasing your new home.

What about Methamphetamine testing?

The prudent purchaser will now get a methamphetamine, “meth” or “P” test as well as a building inspection. All A Buyers Choice House Inspectors are qualified and trained to conduct meth or P inspections. It makes sense to have this done at the same time as your building inspection.

The cost of remediation of meth or P contamination depends upon the level of contamination. It can range from a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. In extreme cases where the property has been used to manufacture methamphetamine ie a P lab the very timber structure of the property may be so contaminated that the only option is to demolish the house.

Local councils have the ability to prevent occupation of a property until decontamination has been done. Book your meth or P test at the same time as your home inspection. All our inspectors are qualified to test for Meth contamination.



It is very prudent to have a professional home inspection before you purchase. It is also essential that you choose a properly qualified, trained home inspector, not just a builder who is qualified as a builder and not necessarily a home inspector.

All of our A Buyers Choice Home Inspectors:

* Hold an internationally recognised home inspection qualification

* Have completed the A Buyers Choice Home Inspections in house training course which includes 10 full inspections

* Have been trained to test for Meth/P contamination

* Have extensive public liability and professional indemnity insurance, underwritten by  Lloyds of London.

We believe that A Buyers Choice Home Inspections reports are second to none but don’t take our word for it. Check us out on No Cowboys, the building trades major independent ratings website.

A Buyers Choice Home Inspections New Zealand are part of an international franchise of professional home inspectors that operate in 19 countries world wide. There are more than 200 A Buyers Choice Home Inspectors conducting tens of thousands of inspections each year.

In New Zealand alone our inspectors have conducted thousands of home inspections. You may not be aware that there is no law in New Zealand preventing anyone from being a home inspector without any formal home inspection training or qualification.

That makes it even more important that you choose a reputable company where all the inspectors are formally trained and qualified as home inspectors just like in many other countries where the same qualification is required to become a home inspector.