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    Excellent question from someone that wants to...

    Excellent question from someone that wants to mitigate risk. IMHO the best for fairness to both parties (my definition of fairness is that both the Principal (you) and the Contractor share equal...
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    The majority of leaks show no manifestation...

    The majority of leaks show no manifestation internally (about 9 out of 10) so while you may have no visible damage you may have significant damage behind the plasterboard. You could be facing 100%...
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    Painting is definitely your best option then....

    Painting is definitely your best option then. Either that or re-selling it and buying another. Getting paint to match your existing aged other joinery could be as much of a hassle.
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    You will need an etch primer if you are going to...

    You will need an etch primer if you are going to paint the aluminium. It will not look as good and will require repainting every 5 - 10 years which sort of defeats the purpose of having them.

    How...
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    Sorry I should have said this earlier but people...

    Sorry I should have said this earlier but people like me. I am a registered building surveyor and personally do not do pre-purchase inspections but am trained and qualified to do so including the use...
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    Yes the investigation is limited to visual only,...

    Yes the investigation is limited to visual only, but if the inspector misses obvious visual failures that the building may be leaky (e.g. plaster coated cladding buried in the ground) then they can...
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    A pre-purchase inspection reviews the building...

    A pre-purchase inspection reviews the building work. Any non compliant items that are negligently missed by the inspector that therefore cause a loss to the person who hired him can be claimed in...
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    Firstly - get good legal advice. If you would...

    Firstly - get good legal advice. If you would like some suggestions private message me with your area and I can give you a few to choose from.

    Second - check whether or not it was built within...
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    Are the walls timber or masonry? If the wall...

    Are the walls timber or masonry?

    If the wall is just to step landscaping then your extra materials will be the cost of the extra retaining rails, possibly thicker retaining piles or poles that...
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    leave the T&G under wall and bath

    I agree. If the bath is not free standing but built in, cut the T&G (it wont be seen) at the wall and bath and leave it there (assuming it and the joists underneath are not rotten - check them).
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    Have to add my vote to them being pretty much irrelevant

    I concur with nearly all of the comments made so far, with CB being the preferred option of the two. I wouldn't even bother with the MB one.
  12. The warranty clause in the sale and purchase...

    The warranty clause in the sale and purchase agreement will not actually apply to you because you did not install or have others install it during your tenure as owner.

    Having said that, you need...
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    When I say work with him we are on different...

    When I say work with him we are on different teams in the same company (i'm a building surveyor) but occasionally our jobs overlap and we are both hired by the same client. Max and I have acted as...
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    I work with Max Meyers from Prendos New Zealand...

    I work with Max Meyers from Prendos New Zealand Ltd. He knows the market well.

    http://www.prendos.co.nz/registered-valuers
  15. I agree with Rosco and Ivan. They want you to...

    I agree with Rosco and Ivan. They want you to give up and walk away. That's a good enough reason not to.
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    Poll: And the answer would be "Yes. Here are the...

    And the answer would be "Yes. Here are the results from a test just last week showing the property tested negative."
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    Poll: I don't see why you'd have to mention the report...

    I don't see why you'd have to mention the report at all. The report (from the information provided here) shows evidence that someone smoked meth in the house. Wipe the meth residue off thoroughly...
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    Poll: I'm not suggesting they use "buyer beware" at...

    I'm not suggesting they use "buyer beware" at all. There is a limit to how far you can stretch the leaky building analogy. Claddings associated with higher risk of leaking have been well publicised...
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    Poll: But how does it get "labelled" as a P lab in the...

    But how does it get "labelled" as a P lab in the first place and where is this information recorded?

    With a leaky house any application to the WHT gets lodged on the LIM.

    Agents are not...
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    Poll: Really? Often fatal? Have you got any...

    Really?

    Often fatal?

    Have you got any examples of the fatalities that are often occurring you can share? Were these deaths the result of just meth use or meth lab contamination or both?

    I...
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    Poll: This is simply not true and you are either...

    This is simply not true and you are either misinformed or irrational or both.

    A question for you curious: Do you believe the word "chemical" is synonymous with "poison"?

    A heavy meth smokers...
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    Poll: Testing and finding evidence of meth use is not...

    Testing and finding evidence of meth use is not the same thing as finding evidence of a drug lab. Drugs like Meth are soluble in water so can simply be wiped off with a damp cloth.

    If the report...
  23. You could try Aon risk. I know they charge a...

    You could try Aon risk. I know they charge a higher premium but so far I have heard of them insuring modified cars and buildings with earthquake bracing at less than 67% of current code.
  24. Find the source of the leak first before you try...

    Find the source of the leak first before you try to fix it. It's possibly coming in at the door threshold or jamb and draining down.
  25. No, aside from the fact you have no scope of...

    No, aside from the fact you have no scope of works in front of you to know for sure, you're wrong anyway. She is installing a new bath - she is replacing an existing shower and vanity.

    The "like...
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