Setting the standard


Inspectors from national property inspection company Realsure Ltd have become the first in New Zealand to receive the newly created Building Surveyors Accreditation, as part of the industry drive to ensure home buyers can have confidence in the quality of house inspections they receive.


The Accredited Building Surveyors Programme was developed by the Building Officials Institute of New Zealand and a special interest group made up of inspection and surveying industry professionals to protect home buyers and sellers.


The new programme ensures accredited inspectors have the knowledge, ethics and experience to conduct their jobs to the highest possible inspection standards.


Realsure director Bruce Symon, who was also involved in developing the programme, says having all of their inspectors accredited will allow their business to provide the highest standards of service.


“There are many in the industry who do not currently have the right training and qualifications to do the job properly, and there is no way for home buyers to know this.


“We want to be able to provide the consumer with the best possible options when choosing an inspector,” Mr Symon says.


Accreditation card

Inspectors will carry an accreditation card that demonstrates their commitment to the highest standard of work ethic and a dedication to professional improvement that is hoped will lift the profile and image of the profession in New Zealand.


Building Officials Institute of New Zealand chief executive Len Clapham says the programme will undertake assessment, training and development for the profession, including auditing.


“The accreditation process will be a structured method of evaluating the competency of building surveyors to undertake pre-purchase and pre-sale surveys, safe and sanitary reports, investigation inspections, quality assurance inspections, council building record inspections, maintenance inspections and sampling of lead and asbestos,” Mr Chapman says.


“The move to achieve a higher standard of professionalism and service will result in another measure of protection for the consumer, and is an exciting initiative for improvement in the industry.”


Encourage confidence

Mr Symon is hopeful the programme will encourage the confidence of home buyers and sellers in the property inspection process.


“Ever since we started out in this industry we have been trying to lift the standards of property inspections.


“We have seen the results of negligent property inspections and believe that this programme is one step further towards eliminating the cowboys,” he says.