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The company recommends that any prospective purchaser of property should carry out their own due diligence, including arranging for an independent building inspection and requesting LIM reports and title checks. When markets become heated and competition for properties is high, particularly at auctions, vendors sometimes supply potential buyers with a building report as well as LIMs and title checks. “If time is tight and competition is high ahead of a sale, vendors can supply reports with the aim of making things easier for prospective buyers, and giving them fewer jobs to do,” Mr Kennedy says. “While our agents will always endeavour to ensure information provided to anyone interested in a property is accurate, we’d still always advise people to get their own independent advice. That way they know the source of the information, as well as the credentials and loyalties of the person who has supplied it,” he says. “ That applies to LIMS and title checks, as well as building reports.” He recommends always seeking an independent, expert opinion so an informed choice can be made about whether to purchase or not. Mr Kennedy suggests asking friends or trusted associates who have used reliable building inspectors and would recommend them. Due diligence important Chris Kennedy As the autumn days shorten, choosing the right heating will depend on how a room is used. EECA Energywise technical expert Christian Hoerning says spending a bit more upfront on a modern wood burner, heat pump or flued gas heater works best for larger rooms that need to be heated regularly, such as living areas. For other rooms used infrequently, a portable heater may work well. They are cheap to buy but more expensive to run than fixed heaters. ➤➤ Heat pumps When used properly heat pumps have low running costs and produce instant heat. The temperature can be controlled with the thermostat and the timer. They must be sized correctly for the space and the climate to work well. Some are more efficient than others. They won’t work during a power cut. And for houses near corrosive environments like the coast, householders should check with the supplier for applicable warranties. ➤➤ Modern wood burners If there is access to free or cheap fire wood they have low running costs. They produce little pollution and use renewable wood energy. They are good for heating large spaces and heating hot water in winter through a wetback system. Firewood must be dry to burn cleanly and efficiently, so householders need to plan ahead and store the wood under cover ideally for at least 12 months. A building consent is needed to install one and, unless the property is larger than two hectares, an approved wood burner, found on the Ministry for the Environment’s list, will be needed. ➤➤ Wood pellet burners Pellets are made from waste products and burn cleanly. Heat control produced is better than a wood burner, they will heat large spaces and hot water in winter through a wetback system. They use a small amount of electricity and won’t work if the power is off. A building consent is needed to install one and only authorised burners can be used in areas with poor air quality. Check local pellet prices before getting a wood pellet burner which will not burn fire wood, only pellets. ➤➤ Flued gas (natural or LPG) heaters or fireplaces The temperature can be controlled with the thermostat and timer. Larger areas will be heated for longer periods. A fixed charge will probably have to be paid for reticulated gas supply if it is not already onstream and the gas heater must be installed by a registered gas fitter. Some gas space heaters are more efficient than others so look for the Energy Star. ➤➤ Electric heaters Electric heaters are good for heating a small room infrequently and for short periods. They are also very cheap to buy. However they are more expensive to run than most other heating options. Different types, such as radiant, convection, or fan, deliver heat in various ways. Different types all have the same efficiency; that is the same amount of heat output per unit of electricity used. Many have built-in thermostats but generally are not very accurate. ➤➤ Central heating Heating for the entire house is provided and the temperature can be controlled with the thermostat and timer. Many are zone- controlled so the temperature can be controlled in different parts of the house. However the system can be expensive to install. Heat can be supplied by a range of heating systems, including gas, wood pellet or a hot water heat pump. It’s worth choosing a system that has an individual thermostat for each room. Central heating can be extremely expensive to run if the house isn’t well insulated or is draughty. Some systems are more efficient than others so look for the Energy Star. ➤➤ Unflued gas (natural or LPG) If normal heating relies on electricity, these are useful for backup heating during power cuts. But unflued LPG heaters are the most expensive form of heating and carry health risks. The air will be polluted with toxic gases and large amounts of water vapour so at least one window should be kept open when in use and the heaters should never be used in bedrooms. They can make a house damp and mouldy. Portable LPG heaters can be a fire risk, as anything too close can quickly catch alight.
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