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How much does a building report cost in NZ?

Updated: Sep 11, 2023


Building Report Cost Auckland

Building report costs vary across Auckland and NZ-wide. However this typically comes down to three main criteria.

  1. Experience and qualifications of the inspector

  2. Size of the house

  3. Quality of the report

Typically in NZ, a basic building report for a 3 bedroom house would cost around $400 to $600 if carried out by a local builder. Prices can go upwards of $1,000 for a professional building services or engineering consultant for specialist advice for the same size house. This is because the higher qualifications and expertise of the inspector typically demands a premium price.


As the house increases in size, so does the number of items to inspect and comment on. For a larger 6 bedroom house, you can expect to pay between $700 to $900 for a basic report. This is usually determined by the floor area, number of storeys, number of bedrooms or a combination of all three.


As the houses get larger, the reports get longer and the more effort is required. An excellent building report has a good balance of length and detail. Comprehensive yet concise. A long report does not necessarily mean there has been more effort put into it. Many good reports use colour-coding to quickly draw attention to good or bad comments. Reports should have photo evidence along with any important things to note. Most importantly, a high quality building report should be easily understood by the owner, bank, and insurer!


Here at redhawk we strive to hit the nail on the head on all three points!


We are NZ engineering degree qualified and registered chartered engineers. The highest class LBP level 3 (Licensed Building Practitioner) granted by Ministry of Business and Innovation. Our methodical inspection processes mean we can keep our site times to a minimum without compromising on quality or causing disruption. Our refined skills in inspections and report writing mean we can provide consultant grade reports without the expensive hourly charge! This means our clients get professional advice and a tailored report for a low price starting at $499!


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