The Auckland property market has had to deal with ongoing problems associated with leaky homes for well over a decade now. Other regions throughout New Zealand have also had their share of leaky homes, but Auckland has been hit with the largest amount of leaky homes and the repairs that follow with them. We aim to bring you piece of mind whilst searching for your new house with a quick breakdown on how to avoid buying a pesky leaky home.
The estimate of leaky homes in New Zealand sits at around 42’000 and that’s a substantial amount of people having to deal with the repairs of cracked plaster and other issues that a leaky home brings with it.
The first thing you should be aware of whilst looking for your new home are listings put out by real estate company’s. Be sure to check and read between the lines of house listings, though real estate agents have to be fourth right about any problems the house may have, they only have the information their client has provided.
It always pays to have an independent building report or you could get in touch with the New Zealand Institute of Building Surveyors, they have a list of registered members that are well trained in surveying leaking homes throughout New Zealand.
There are certain types of materials or buildings that have been associated with cracked plaster and leaky homes. Such materials as monolithic cladding have been in many cases of leaky homes, so some buyers try to avoid these houses and think of them as the only type of house vulnerable to becoming a leaky home. Though in some cases monolithic cladding can be a cause of a leaky home, it is by no means the only type of leaky home in New Zealand.
Buyers must be aware that many types of buildings can become or are at risk of being a leaky home. Brick veneer, weatherboards and pitched roofs are all susceptible to becoming a leaky home, the trick is to be aware that a buildings deteriorate may only show signs of problems after the major event has occurred.
Look out for cracked plaster repairs when searching for your new home, cracked plaster and its subsequent repair may be a sign that the house has been a victim of a leaky home.
Another sign to look out for is the damp smell a leaky home can give, mustiness is not unusual at certain times of the year, however, it should be investigated as it is another tell tale sign of a leaky home.