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Home Inspections

An independent property inspection is an extremely valuable tool when buying, selling or building a home. Whether the property is old or new, during an inspection faults may be identified – these will be recorded in the inspection report and possible remedies (to fix problem or prevent future damage) will be suggested.

The duration of a thorough inspection – from top to bottom & side to side – is about 3-4 hours, where every aspect of the property will be scrutinised. The subsequent sections are examined, but not limited to...

Buildings External
Structure Roof Fittings Other
Brickwork Covering Windows Balconies
Plaster Flashings Doors Verandas
Paintwork Gutters Handles Roof Cavity
Cavities Geyser
Eaves

Buildings Internal
Structure Bathroom(s) Fittings Other
Brickwork Shower Windows Geyser
Plaster Toilet Doors
Paintwork Bath Handles
Floors Basin Cupboards
Skirting

Outbuildings and Others
Buildings Fixtures Walls Other
Staff Lodging Swimming Pool Boundary Walls Water Runoff
Garages Tennis Court Retaining Walls Drainage (Storm Water)
Stores Ponds Gates & Motors

Reports are confidential and individually compiled specifically for the client. It is not a computer generated checklist with generic information, but a detailed and precise statement of findings. Supporting snapshots will accompany the findings (if necessary) to assist in the description of certain defects.

Not only does the report cover evident defects, but preventative and maintenance advice is also suggested.

This is the most commonly requested property inspection. A professional property inspection is an examination of the current condition of the home. It is not an evaluation (Market value calculation), a municipal inspection (Verifies local code compliance), or a test. A house will not pass or fail the inspection, but rather uncover existing faults and identify potential problems.

The cost for the inspection and report of findings depends on a number of variable aspects, but for a conventional 3 bedroom home the standard fee is R 3,000. Larger homes are quoted separately.

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Selling, buying or building?

You’ll probably only focus on the features and obvious signs of things needing repair. But it’s unlikely that you’ll climb into the roof or check for any underlying source causing damage. This is why you need a home inspection.