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Lifestyle checklist

Building considerations

  • How old is the property?
  • What records are there at the local council?
  • If the house is relatively new or extensions and alterations have taken place, are the relevant building permits in place?
  • Do the electrics need upgrading?
  • Check the condition of piles and roof.
  • When will the home need painting again?
  • Check the water pressure from taps and the shower.

Swimming pool

  • Does it have the necessary consent?
  • Does the fencing comply with current rules and regulations?


  • If over a metre off the ground do they have the necessary consents?

Land considerations


  • Any Rights of Way that may affect you or surrounding property


  • Good boundary fencing?
  • Further internal fencing required?


  • Usually the vendor is responsible for all costs associated with subdivision
  • From resource consent being granted it can take up to or in some instances more than six months until issue of Title
  • Settlement occurs upon title issue in most cases
  • Check services to be supplied and easements to be created
  • Check land covenants

Effluent Disposal

  • When was the septic tank last emptied
  • The more modern systems usually have a regular maintenance contract in place.


Water Supply

  • Bore on property?
  • Associated costs of sharing electricity to pump and maintenance?
  • Easement from neighbours bore, dam or spring?
  • Rainwater storage tanks?
  • Filtration systems?
  • Water meters?
  • Alternative water supply – natural spring, dams/ponds


  • Location and route of power to property
  • Three phase or single phase power available?
  • Alternative power supplies such as solar or wind


  • Availablity of extra phone lines
  • Mobile reception
  • Internet access – cable or wireless
  • Broadband capabilities
  • TV reception


Land Covenants

  • Full list should be supplied or available through lawyer
  • Ensure you can meet requirements
  • What else is happening in immediate surrounds?
  • Buildings, plantings, activities


  • Inclusive or exclusive?
  • Will you be claiming GST?
  • Are you GST registered?
  • Zero rated supply


  • What is included in the sale?
  • What is excluded from the sale?
  • What livestock stays?