House-hunters in Christchurch warned not to rely on seller's building reports
Conan Young, Reporter, Radio New Zealand
A warning has gone out to house hunters in Christchurch not to rely on building reports supplied by those selling homes.
In April the Earthquake Commision (EQC) admitted the cost of fixing botched repairs had hit $270 million and was likely to continue increasing as further problems were identified.
Legal experts said the potential hidden damage meant house hunters should get homes thoroughly checked, now more important than ever.
Prominent earthquake claims lawyer Peter Woods said the sheer number of botched EQC repairs - about 11,000 - meant extra checks to hunt out defective repairs or undiagnosed damage were essential.