Character Home Check

For peace of mind, knowing what you are looking at... before you buy!

Home and Building Inspections Christchurch

We call it Character Home Check because that’s who we are, but wait…we inspect homes of all ages and right across Canterbury. With over 25 years experience renovating and inspecting homes, we are the people you want to use when getting a building inspection. Our in-depth understanding of current building practice and traditional methods allows us to provide a realistic and positive assessment of yours!

Styled to meet your needs, budget and time

Match our service to the service you need and when you require it

Some of the reports offered include:

  • EQC repair reporting
  • Pre purchase inspections
  • Insurance Inspections
  • Property maintenance checks
  • Robotic Underfloor Inspections
  • Floor Levels Assessments

Fast, competitive and most importantly reliable...

Immediate peace of mind and assurance

Check out these key factors 

  • Our rates are competitive from just $349 including GST
  • We can turn around our reports within 24 hours if needed
  • Our inspections are carried out by a Licensed Building Practitioner.
  • We can provide remedial advice and cost estimates while we are there.

Property Pre-Purchase Inspections

Extensions in Christchurch

For all your pre-purchase inspection needs in Christchurch, get in touch with us at Character Builders for our Home Check service. Buying a home is a significant financial investment, so it is important you take steps to make sure that investment is as sound and secure as possible. A full pre-purchase inspection is crucial to this process.

Of course, buying a house is also an emotional investment, so it is important the process is as hassle-free as possible. Completing a comprehensive house check on the Christchurch property that you are interested in will help give you the peace of mind that you need.

As leading building inspectors in the Christchurch area, we will fully inspect all parts of the house you are thinking of buying. This includes the foundations, roof, and everything between. We check both inside and outside and observe all plumbing and electrics. We also assess water tightness, can test for moisture, underfloor and levels in accordance with NZS 4306:2005, and we’ll provide you with a report that meets your requirements.

Key areas and features we inspect during a pre-purchase inspection include:

  • Weathertightness and moisture
  • Roof, flashings, and gutters
  • Foundations
  • Plumbing
  • Electrics
  • Internal walls
  • Bathrooms
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry
  • Ceiling space
  • Exterior cladding
  • Windows and exterior doors
  • Decking
  • Garage
  • Fences
  • Grounds and any external features or additional buildings

Complete the form to make a booking or get in touch to find out more about our pre-purchase house inspections in Christchurch.

Floor Level Assessment in Christchurch

One of the specialist Christchurch property inspections that we offer is floor level assessments. We have the technology and skills to check if house piles have sunk into the ground or other damage has resulted in your floors no longer being level.

Once we have completed our inspection service, we’ll provide you with a full report that will clearly show you how each part of your floor differs. You will then have a full understanding of the extent of the problem so you can plan and budget for repairs.

You can use the form to book a floor level assessment in the Christchurch area. If you want to speak to a member of our expert team before you make a booking, please get in touch. We’d be happy to help.

Robotic Underfloor Inspection Services in Christchurch

Are you looking for underfloor inspection services in Christchurch? At Character Builders, we have the equipment and capabilities to complete underfloor inspections, so we can help. We also have extensive experience providing this specialist service to home and property owners just like you.

Most NZ homes built pre 1970 have a subfloor cavity, and the further back you go in time, the closer they were built to the ground and so access is most often quite limited. Health & safety needs and current legislation also informs “working in confined space”, and not forgetting the practical and reasonable need for a person to gain access.

Character Home Check provide a subfloor robotic camera service, which typically allows our specialist operator to assess and photograph in very confirmed spaces. The information this technology provides, coupled with external foundation and floor level information will typically create a wider picture and more complete understanding of the foundation condition and repair needs.

We can usually complete underfloor inspections without the need for full access to the space under your floor. As a result, the inspection is quick and causes minimal disruption or disturbance.

We can provide our underfloor home check services with our robotic camera on most types of Christchurch home and underfloor space. The things we’ll check include:

  • Quality of earthquake repairs
  • Piles and pile fixings
  • Mould
  • Insulation
  • Location of services
  • Leaks and presence of water
  • Presence of rot
  • Borer problems

Book an appointment or get in touch to find out more.

EQC Repair Reporting

Another of our building inspection services in Christchurch is EQC repair reporting, where we will check that earthquake repairs have been completed to an acceptable standard. Whatever your requirements, from insurance claims to checking the quality of work on your own home to checking a home you are thinking of buying, we can help.

We’ll make sure the house has been returned to an acceptable standard as a result of the repairs, and we’ll make sure the repairs have been completed properly. We’ll then provide you with a full and detailed report.

Book an appointment for an EQC repair inspection using the form on this page. You’ll get an estimate of the price, and we’ll then get in touch with you to finalise the quote and arrange a suitable date and time for the inspection.

You can also contact us if you want to find out more about our EQC repair inspections or any of the other property inspections that we provide in Christchurch. Call us today on 027 228 8591.

Insurance Inspections

Do you need to provide a building report on your Christchurch home so you can buy insurance or to re-insure your property? We can help at Character Builders, as we have extensive experience conducting insurance inspections.

Our inspection services are comprehensive, and we’ll provide you with a report that is suitable for submission to your insurance company.

We can also help if your home has been damaged in an earthquake or due to another event and you want to make an insurance claim. We’ll fully assess the impact of the damage and what needs to be repaired. We’ll also provide information on the costs that will be involved to complete those repairs.

Again, the report that we will provide for this type of insurance inspection will also meet the requirements of your insurance company.

To book an insurance inspection, please complete the form on this page, and we’ll get back to you.

Property Maintenance Checks

If you are planning to do renovations on your home, it makes sense to get a property maintenance check. Getting a property maintenance check before undertaking renovation work will ensure you understand other maintenance requirements that exist in your home. This information will tell what else might need attention so you can change or update your renovation or maintenance plans.

Our property maintenance checks are detailed and are designed to identify those maintenance issues that you might not be aware of yet. We’ll also thoroughly check issues that you do know of to make sure you have a complete understanding of the extent of the problem.

To find out more, please give us a call. You can also make a booking by completing the form on this page.

Moisture Testing

Moisture in a home is unhealthy, and it can lead to damage that can be very expensive to repair. Often, you won’t know about the extent of the damage until it is too late. Moisture testing is the solution, as it will accurately tell you how much moisture exists in your home so you can take any necessary maintenance or remedial steps.

We will test various locations in your property to check for moisture, but the most important are exterior walls, around your windows and external doors, and your skirting boards.

Moisture testing is part of many of our other services, including our pre-purchase house inspection service. However, we can also complete moisture testing as a standalone service.

Once the testing is complete, we will provide you with a report that will explain the levels of moisture detected in your property, as well as what the information means in relation to potential repair or corrective requirements.

Please get in touch with us today to find out more about moisture testing in your home.

Our Prices (incl GST)

House Inspections:

All Houses – $599

Floor Level Assessment:

Floor level assessment with house inspection – $249

Floor level assessment without house inspection – $349

Underfloor assessment:

Underfloor assessment with house inspection $449

Underfloor assessment without house inspection – $599

Our Process

We have an easy to understand five-step process for completing home inspections in Christchurch:

Step 1: Complete Our Form

The first step involves completing the form on this page. It only takes a few minutes, and you’ll even get an estimate for the inspection or report.

Step 2: Quote Confirmation

We’ll assess your requirements, and we’ll get in touch to provide you with a final quote for the inspection work you need. We can also answer any questions you have about our service or the inspection.

Step 3: Book the Inspection

We’ll arrange a suitable date and time to complete the inspection.

Step 4: Inspection Carried Out

We’ll arrive at your home at the agreed time and we will complete the inspection efficiently, causing as little disruption as possible. The time it will take to complete the inspection will vary depending on the service you need, but we can provide you with an estimate for how long it will take when confirming your booking.

Step 5: Payment Request

We will send you a payment request once the inspection has taken place.

Step 6: Receive Your Report

After payment has been made we’ll complete and send your report. We offer turnaround times of within 24 hours if required.

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"I am absolutely delighted with the exterior, bedroom batts and gib and now the piles.. I can sleep soundly at night now. What a superb effort. A+ from me. "


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