Accurately predicting future landslides is not yet practical. However, past slips are a good indication of the risk, so you can sometimes find out if your property is at risk by contacting your local council to see if there are historical slips on or near your property. Councils maintain some records, but you’re just as likely to identify the warning signs yourself:
- new cracks in the ground
- your home is off-level
- landscaping features start to lean
You can also check the GNS Landslide Database map to see if there have been recorded slips near your property. Bear in mind that none of these records are complete as there’s no obligation for slips to be reported.