Post-earthquake structural assessments
Home Earthquake Assessment is not intended to be a service to be used to assess any post-quake structural damage. The aim of the service is to inform an owner of matters that may need to be done so that it reduces the risk of damage from an earthquake.
Should you have concerns about the structural integrity of your building following an earthquake we would suggest getting in contact with a structural engineer and discuss whether a structural assessment of your home is required.
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Home Earthquake Assessment
The service is offered by the New Zealand Master Builders Association and Certified Builders Association and is available anywhere in the Wellington city area.
A qualified builder will visit your home at a time agreed with you, and assess the following features which are commonly damaged in an earthquake:
- the tiebacks on your hot water cylinder
- if you have a header water tank in your ceiling or on your roof, how it is secured
- the stability and safety of your chimney
- the stability of the piles underneath your house and whether the floor bearers are correctly fastened to the piles and
- the foundations
- the connections of the floor joists to bearers
- the wire fixing tiles to tile battens (if you have clay or cement tile roofs only).
As part of the assessment, the builder will need to access the ceiling space, the hot water cylinder and get under the house to access the foundations. The assessor will carry an identification card to show they are either a Master Builder or a Certified Builder.
The inspections take between 30 minutes and 2 hours, depending on the size and layout of your property.
When the assessment has been done, you will get a written report that identifies whether any work is recommended. The report will also give you an indicative quote for the cost of this work.
Example of a Home Earthquake Assessment (PDF 168KB)
Request a booking
Once you've made an online booking, a tradesman will contact you to arrange an appointment within 7 days.
$160 (including GST). The fee applies regardless of how long the assessment takes and includes travel time.
You can pay in cash or cheque when the assessor calls, or by Visa or Mastercard online. (Note: There is a $3 processing fee for credit card payments.)