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Taranaki House Inspections - Thermal Imaging Building Inspections

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Taranaki House Inspections are Taranaki’s only accredited Building Surveyors and a member of the Building Officials Institute of New Zealand (BOINZ).  All inspections and written reports comply with New Zealand Standards 4306:2005 Residential Property Inspections. 

This is a rigorous investigation of the property and includes all aspects provided by the Certificate of Inspection in accordance with NZS 4306.



Buying a home is possibly the biggest single transaction you will ever make.  If you are contemplating purchasing your first home, it is wise to engage experts in their respective fields to help you through this process. 

A building report investigates the structural integrity of the dwelling and advise you if there are any issues or defects with the dwelling.  You can then negotiate with the vendor to have the defects rectified, accept the property with the defects known or cancel the agreement.  It will also give you an idea of any renovation or upcoming maintenance required.

Try our What to Look for When House Hunting checklist to help you appraise each of the houses you look at.

A Pre-Purchase inspection may also be a prerequisite by Insurance companies and banks.  This is becoming more common due to changes in lending criteria and as a result of the Christchurch earthquake.  These changes may have an impact on the type, age and condition of property that they will allow you to purchase.  We recommend that you discuss these issues with your lender and insurance company prior to searching for your dream home.

Get started now, Request an Inspection or phone 06 757 5753.


If the property you are selling has any of the key aspects outlined under What to Look for When House Hunting, your agent may recommend that you obtain a building inspection report on the property.  This helps to satisfy potential buyers of transparency between all parties and give you time to carry out any remedial work before listing your property.

An inspection may also be required by Insurance companies and banks when you are considering changes to your contracts with either institution.  This is becoming more common due to changes in banks’ lending criteria and insurance companies criteria.

Get started now, Request an Inspection or phone 06 757 5753.


Moisture and Thermal Imaging

Moisture Testing

Moisture Testing uses either a capacitance and/or resistance moisture meter.  These meters have a thin probe which is inserted into (usually) the Gib board of areas where the inspector suspects moisture ingress.  Although the probe is thin it will leave a small hole but is virtually undetectable afterwards.  Readings of up to 18% are considered acceptable.  However if readings are higher than 18%, the inspector may recommend upgrading to a Thermal Imaging report.

Get started now, Request an Inspection or phone 06 757 5753.


Thermal Imaging

Taranaki House Inspections has Taranaki’s only thermal imaging camera. 

Thermal imaging cameras indicate changes of temperature in the building materials.  A decrease in temperature generally indicates retention of moisture in the material scanned.

Thermal Imaging inspections will use this technology in areas prone to moisture ingress such as under windows, around doors or where a moisture meter has indicated high readings to highlight those areas to investigate further.

Get started now, Request an Inspection or phone 06 757 5753.



This inspection/report looks only at the cladding to access potential for moisture ingress and overall cladding integrity.

Get started now, Request an Inspection or phone 06 757 5753.


Unauthorised Works

Unauthorised work is work that has been undertaken without a Building Permit (Prior to 1992) or a Building Consent after 1992.

If a property looks to have unpermitted or unauthorised work, you have three options:


  • pull down the work (which requires a building consent) and rebuild;


  • for work carried out prior to 1992 engage Taranaki House Inspections to carry out an inspection and produce a report for council;


  • The report will discuss if the property is safe for occupancy; if it is sanitary ie not offensive or likely to cause any health issues; any weather tightness issues; and has adequate drinkable water and sanitary services;



  • for work carried out after 1992 you can apply to Council for a Certificate of Acceptance of Unauthorised Work.

Get started now, Request an Inspection or phone 06 757 5753.


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