Homeowners who regularly maintain their house could be saving themselves tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of repairs long-term.
So says newly-elected NZIBS vice president Nick Batchelor, who recommends homeowners employ a Registered Building Surveyor to conduct a building maintenance report.
The report allows a homeowner to understand the type of house they have and how it’s constructed.
It provides a clear idea of the house’s maintenance requirements, and what is essential to prevent the home from leaking.
Also, it can identify any current issues requiring urgent attention, and any future problems that may arise due to the type of construction.
The report entails a room-to-room inspection of the interior, exterior and sub-floor space, and delivers solutions to any issues identified.
Nick says the report is like taking your car to the mechanic to get its warrant of fitness.
“Your house is worth much more than your car. It’s usually your most valuable asset, but people often spend more time and money looking after their car than their house.
“Homeowners should really do more to protect or preserve the value of the property they own. If you’re spending that much on an item, the smart thing to do is to ensure it’s maintained. Maintenance extends life and reduces running costs.”
Simple methods such as washing the house and cleaning out gutters regularly can reduce any defects or damage to cladding, Nick says.
Ensuring gardens are not in contact with cladding lessens the chance of moisture entering the cladding, while sealing shower doors can prevent decay in a bathroom.
“Staying on top of your house’s maintenance issues will actually save you thousands, if not tens of thousands, of dollars in the long run.
“In this fast-paced age, cleaning out your gutters might seem like a chore but doing so can extend the life of your house. Washing your house is cheaper than re-painting it.”
Nick says homeowners, or anyone looking to buy a house, should get a report as soon as they can.
“Employing a Registered Building Surveyor to conduct a building maintenance report will cost money but it’s in every homeowner’s interest to invest up front.
“Think of the report as an early prevention tool.”