Check if your home passes

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

Thou­sands of Kiwi homes have been put through a new healthy home check to gauge how warm, safe and dry they are.

New Zealan­ders have put more than 5000 homes through the free HomeFit on­line check, which was launched in midNovem­ber by the not-for-profit Green Build­ing Coun­cil as a bid to im­prove Kiwi homes.

Of the 5000 homes run through the HomeFit on­line check, around 150 met the warm, safe and dry stan­dards.

Around 300 more homes were close to pass­ing and needed just one im­prove­ment.

The most com­mon im­prove­ment needed was more ceil­ing in­su­la­tion.

Be­sides the free on­line check, those who want to prove to oth­ers that a home is warm, safe and dry can put their home through a full, in­de­pen­dent ap­praisal, car­ried out by a trained as­ses­sor. Those that pass can then dis­play the HomeFit stamp, show­ing to prospec­tive buy­ers that it is warm, dry, safe and ef­fi­cient.

The on­line check is avail­able at homefit.org.nz and con­tains around 20 ques­tions be­fore pro­vid­ing a tai­lored re­port on the home, de­tail­ing how warm, safe, ef­fi­cient and dry it is, and, if it isn’t, how to im­prove it. Any home that passes a HomeFit as­sess­ment will also have passed the re­quire­ments of re­cent leg­is­la­tion, the Res­i­den­tial Te­nan­cies Act.

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