Home Inspection before listing the house for sale

Is a Pre-Listing Home Inspection worth it?

Pre-listing Home InspectionsA pre-listing inspection could provide the seller with a professional opionion about the condition of the house. The comprehensive report provided may show some defects that could be deal breakers. These would be good to get fixed before putting the house on the market.

Since the you know what needs fixing you can get it done before listing your house on the market and it could safe time and money in the long run.

Some of the issues which could be possible deal breakers may be:

  • Mould
  • Roof
  • Electrical
  • Foundation
  • Plumbing
  • Skirting/fascia boards
  • Water damage

Check out the 0:33 min Video on why a pre-listing would be of advantage.

Lynette Bruno  a Real Estate and Lifestyle Expret on Trulia wrote the Should a seller ge a Home Inspection

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A Buyer s Choice Home Inspections in Auckland and other areas of New Zealand

  Home Inspections by A Buyer’s Choice are available in AA Buyer's Choice Logouckland and in other areas of New Zealand.

Are you or your friends thinking of buying or selling a house?
A house inspection is always advisable, even for a house you live in or are renting out to tenants. It could save money, time and give you a competitive edge.

To find a  qualified home inspector please refer to the list below.

Auckland Areas

Maxe Janssen 

Takapuna, Devonport, East Coast Bays, Ponsonby, Point Chevalier

Kevin Williams North Shore

Duane Turner Waitakere area

Stephen Boyd  West Auckland

Zoe Parson  Mission Bay


Patrick Herbert Tauranga, Mount Manganui

Hawkes Bay

John Potgieter
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Neville Smith 

Hamilton East, Waikato

Paul Overwater 

If you are interested in becoming a House Inspector, you can become part of the A Buyer’s choice franchise.Find out more about this opportunity
check out the Video (0.33 min) below:

How to prepare for a House Inspections

Preparing for a House Inspection

Whether you are buying or selling a home, it is a good policyHome Inspection Preparations
to have a home inspection.
To make this easier for all concerned, it would be good to prepare before the home inspector arrives.
Some of these preparations could mean that the inspector find less things to report about, issues you maybe able to easily fix yourself before hand.
You can read about some of the issues the comprehensive report from the House Inspector will cover here.
Clearing your personal belongings, from any area that may need inspection, is one important preparation, since the inspector is not allowed to move them.
The video below provides great tips on how to prepare your home.

For more tips check out the article on How to prepare your home for an inspection on Wiki How, which covers:

  • Addressing common issues before a house Inspection
  • Making an Inspection easy on the home inspector
  • Doing minor home maintenance prior to an inspection

Video Credit: Glenda Black

Image Credit: Wikivisual on Wiki How

How to find Tradespeople to fix defects the House Inspection discovered

After a House Inspection – How to find Tradespeople to fix issues

Tradespeople fix HouseAn inspection of your property by a qualified house inspector will make sure,  that the house you are buying or selling, or living in has no unknown defects.

‘A Buyer’s Choice’ house inspection will provide you with a very detailed report, including any issues, like dampness, rotten wood or even termites.

How would your find someone to fix any of these problems to increase the safety and value of your house?

Ways to find Tradespeople

Finding a tradesman or tradeswoman you can trust to do a good job and also charge you a fair price may not be easy, unless you have recommendations.
Below is are some of the platforms online which provide listings and in some cases ratings or reviews of tradespeople.


Businesses pay a monthly or yearly fee to be registered with NoCoboys.
As a customer, you can check out the ratings of the tradespeople and leave a rating when the job is done.

‘A Buyer’s choice’ home inspection has a 5 Star rating  and a 99% approval from over 130 authenticated ratings in the period of  2014-2017.  


Builderscrack has a vigorous sign up process for tradespeople, verifying their qualifications and identity. 
It caters for house owners who want to find someone to fix anything related to property, as well as for tradespeople to find someone to work on the job with them.
There is a cost estimator which allows you to find what a job would cost in the different categories of trades.
When you post a job request, Builderscrack provides a list of upto 12 trades professionals in your area.
The tradie winning the bid for the job will be charged a fee of 5 % upto NZ $750.
There is an option of customers leaving a review.


Business listing, Reviews, events.


Search New Zealand Directories, Listings and Reviews

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Trademe is another way to find tradespeople
under the  category for
Building and Renovation

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Guidance for Buying and Selling Houses

House Buying Selling Guidance“Guiding Kiwis though Buying and Selling” a house is what settled.govt.nz,  a Website, specializes on and it has lots of very helpful information.
As it says on the ‘About Page‘:
“Settled.govt.nz is brought to you by the Real Estate Authority (REA). REA is the independent government agency that regulates the New Zealand real estate industry. Our goal is empowered consumers working with trusted real estate professionals. Our vision is a better real estate experience for all.”

In the section for buying a home are five categories and each has articles which provide great guidelines.
Under the category of ‘researching the property‘, as in house inspection,  you will find six posts, one of which is about
leaky buildings.

The ‘Resource‘ page on this website has lots of useful tools like quizzes (like ‘Open Home‘ and ‘Multi Offer‘), videos, checklists and guides, for example,
the ‘Residential Property Sale and Purchase Agreement Guide.

The ‘Glossary’ on settled.govt.nz provides an alphabetical listing, covering the terminology of the property language, making it easier to understand.

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