A home inspection is a visual examination of the home’s major structure, systems and components including the roof, exterior, basement or crawlspace, foundation and structure, heating and cooling, plumbing, electrical, fireplace, attic, insulation and ventilation, doors, windows, and interior of a residential property.
Home inspectors look for system and major component defects and deficiencies, improper building practices, those items that require extensive repairs, items that are general maintenance issues, and some fire and safety issues. A general home inspection is not designed to identify building code violations, although some deficiencies identified may also be code violations.
A home inspection is not technically exhaustive and does not imply that every defect will be discovered.
Home inspection SA prescribes to a Standards of Practice which serves as a minimum guideline that describes what is and is not required to be inspected by the various associations mentioned during a general home inspection. Many inspectors exceed these standards (permissible) and may also offer ancillary services such as inspecting pools, sprinkler systems, Lapas etc.
Landlords and tenants often disagree on who is liable for repairs or damages to a rental property. The best way to avoid conflict is to have a thorough inspection report done.
Many a time, landlords and tenants have butted heads when it comes to the move in/move out inspection.
If a landlord opts to use a property inspector or managing agent for the rental of his or her property, the inspection process can be easier as the agent is not emotionally involved and will certainly have concluded an in-depth inspection report in the interests of all parties.
A good inspection report should adequately document the following:
- Any nails in a wall
- A list of all fixtures and their condition
- Special care must also be taken if the property is rented with furnishings
- Any defaults, defects, or marks/stains
- Any particular fittings or features and their condition
- Photographic evidence of any faults, as well as the general state of the entire property
This simple step saves time and effort for all parties concerned.
Maintenance & General Inspections
The importance of a regular maintenance inspection cannot be stressed enough. Annual or even bi-annual maintenance checks will save property owners and body corporates thousands of rands and a lot of effort.
Our general inspections cover most of the other types of inspections at this stage. Currently, we do not offer snag lists, hospitality and commercial inspections.The main focus for us as a company is to do residential inspections, which sometimes entails rental, pre-renovation, post-renovation, general maintenance, specific areas (like a pool or Lapa for example).
The cost for most of these will be far less than a full residential inspection as it usually focuses on one area of a property or is less complex. We are quite prepared to negotiate with our clients on what they need done and at what price.
Please feel free to contact any of our team members to assist with your inspection needs.
0861 995 049
Gauteng, South Africa
Open Office Hours
Mon-Fri: 09:00 – 17:00
Sat-Sun: 09:00 – 17:00
Our home inspectors are ready to provide you with excellent service!