Vendor Inspections:

The client is required to notify the Before You Buy 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.


Payment Policy:

Payment is made by 50% deposit before inspection and 100% upon completion, and will be presented via email invoice.



The inspection and corresponding report are based on a limited visual inspection of the standard systems and components of the dwelling. 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 the inspection will be conducted in accordance with NZS 4306:2005, New Zealand Standard; Residential Property Inspection.


Limitations of Assessment:

Any areas that are covered, 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 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 Before You Buy has had a minimum of 18 years experience in the building industry, two-and-a-half years as a Residential Inspector for Auckland Council and has a diploma in Building Surveying. 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. The report shall be considered the exclusive property of the client and copies will not be issued to any parties without the permission of the client. The client agrees that the report shall not be given or sold to any other party, who is not directly involved with the process of the transaction.



Reasonable access is access that is safe, unobstructed, and which has a minimum clearance of 450mm by 400mm opening access door that can be safely accessed from a 3.6 metre ladder, and a minimum crawl space of 600mm by 600mm in the ceiling space, and 500mm by 400mm 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 metre 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, dumbwaiters, 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, and latent or concealed defects. This report does not cover any buildings suffering from rotting homes, leaky homes, and toxic mould situations — areas that the inspector believes to be potential problem areas are checked with a non-invasive moisture meter. We can only detect rotting of framing by invasive testing which means removing the wall linings. This would not be done without the written consent of the owner. We will consider weathertightness, 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 standards of practice of the New Zealand Standard; NZS 4306:2005 Residential Property Inspection. The client agrees to notify the Before You Buy 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. The 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 Before You Buy, you need to contact our office immediately and request a claim form. The client also agrees that subject to any statutory provisions, if Before You Buy becomes liable to the customer for any reason, for any loss, damage, harm, or injury in any way connected with the completion of the inspection and/or the report, Before You Buy’s total liability shall be limited to a sum not exceeding $5,000 (NZD). 


Cancellation Policy:

If the inspection is cancelled up to 24 hours before the inspection is due to be undertaken, a fee of $100 (NZD) 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.


Insurer's 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 did 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 New Zealand Building Code including the code’s weathertightness requirements, or structural aspects. On request, specialist inspections can be arranged of weathertightness, 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.