Avoid any legal comeback
DIY repairs and maintenance can cost more than what you were trying to save in the first place so use the advice below to get your property compliant and legal.
Compliance matters can turn into legal nightmares if pushed on the back-burner or shoddy DIY work has been done.
Non-disclosure of issues relating to the integrity of a building can result in legal action against you, or your real estate agent if selling your property.
Health Housing - He Kainga Oranga, a Government initiative implemented a Rental Housing Warrant of Fitness in August 2017.
Use their WOF test on your property if it's tenanted, if you intend selling or just for peace of mind.
What are the DIY trade guidelines?
DIY and Building Industry Trade Rules, Regulations and Restrictions - the legal lowdown:
- Consumer NZ also includes advice about working safely with electricity, at heights, with lead, asbestos, gas or plumbing.
- For larger renovations or improvements, the Building Guide provides comprehensive information about regulations, building consent and amendments to these, resource consents, PIMS and choosing a builder.
Check if you need a licensed tradesperson
There are certain jobs where DIY work is illegal and you will require a licensed tradesperson. Find out what is involved in any sanitary plumbing, gasfitting or drainlaying work or find a licensed tradie.
This article provides all the industry bodies that provide the safest way to find a licensed tradesperson for whatever work you need done.
Consumer NZ reports on multi boxes that have been recalled due to fire risk. Check whether you have one in your house.
- Electrical repairs and maintenance are not for the faint-hearted. Find out here what your electrical obligations are before you tackle your own work. It is advisable not to do your own electrical work
- If you want advice from a lawyer, Property Lawyers can be found here. Choose your region and you will be provided with a list of lawyers that specialise in property
Get the latest from Consumer NZ on smoke alarms and what they recommend.
Common safety issues with electrical work
Although produced for the electrical tradespeople, the Electrical Workers Registration Board reports common issues with electrical work.
If you've done DIY electrical work, get a licensed sparky to check it and sign it off as compliant when it is.
Prioritise compliance if selling a house
Doing otherwise can be very expensive, legally messy and can result in a deal falling over because your property is a DIY job or non-compliant.
If you have done a substandard job, not met your council's code of compliance or do not comply with trade regulations, these can come back to haunt you and often just when you think you have closed the sale.
The consequences of this are plentiful and never good.