As a home buyer, you should examine your inspector’s standards of practice. Check whether your inspector is a member of a professional inspection organization. Otherwise, your inspection report may not follow recognised standards. If your inspector has no certifications, another inspector is advisable.
My inspection reports describe all the major home systems, their crucial components, and their operability. Furthermore, my reports include the systems in which failure can result in dangerous or expensive-to-correct conditions. All defects are well described. In addition, my inspection report includes both defect and maintenance recommendations.
Home inspections are visual non-intrusive. Therefore, the parts of the home hidden below the floor and inside the walls cannot be inspected. Areas above ceilings may be also not be inspected if adequate safe access to the area is unavailable. My inspection report will tell you what has and has not been inspected.
Home inspections are not technically exhaustive. For example, the inspector will therefore not disassemble an air conditioner to examine the compressor.
Finally, Standards of Practice identify both the requirements and the limitations of a home inspection and the report.
Imagine What Can Happen If You Don’t Have A Home Inspection!
Why use THE HOME DETECTIVE for your home inspection?
Firstly, you get the best home inspection and most detailed home inspection report in Gauteng! You not only get a defects report but you also get a property inspection report detailing future maintenance issues! Moreover, my inspection reports include advice for repairs and maintenance which is helpful if you are a DIY enthusiast or handy around the house!
There is no doubt that without a home inspection and report, you are at risk! This is especially true with the “Voetstoots” clause in the “Offer to Purchase“!
At The Home Detective, I understand just how stressful it can be to buy a new home. A home is not just what it appears to be on the surface. It can consist of more than 500 different components, some of them very complex. This includes the roof, windows, doors, structural concrete, brickwork, framework, and components such as electrical, plumbing, cooking, heating, and air conditioning systems.
When considering a home for purchase, minor cosmetic repairs are usually acceptable. However, you need to make sure that everything beneath the surface is in good shape.
How I can help you
I will help you reduce your stressand uncertainty when you are looking for a new home. I will help you choose the right property. My Comprehensive or Critical Home Inspection will help reduce the risk of buying a house with structural defects, leaks, dampness and other defects.
Furthermore, I work only for you! My home inspection services give youunbiased, objective information about the property. Above all, I am an independent and impartial home inspector.
In addition, a comprehensive or critical home inspection and report is not going to cost you an arm or a leg! Don’t let the home inspection cost put you off! It may cost a bit, but it could end up saving you many thousands in repairs and maintenance!
My inspection services for your peace of mind
You don’t need to attend the inspection if you do not wish to. Your inspection report with marked-up photos of the defects will clearly illustrate the condition of the home to you. However, attending the home inspection will give you more insight into the property. In addition, you will also be able to raise concerns while I am inspecting and have your questions answered.
Your comprehensive home inspection report will include:
Defects of the property and suggestions for repairing them
The property’s strong points,
Regular maintenance is a feature of any property. The report will give you a good idea of the maintenance you may need to do.
For ease of understanding the inspection report will include photographs. I am also happy to give telephone support if required!
Why choose The Home Detective?
At The Home Detective, I strive to ensure my home inspection services and reports are not only the best in Gauteng but are the best in the business. I value customer service above everything else.
I use the latest home inspection technology and equipment. Therefore, you can rest assured that you’ll receive a thorough and detailed property inspection service you won’t find elsewhere!
In addition, I inspect properties in Gauteng from the north of Pretoria to Johannesburg South and from Brits in the Northwest Province to Springs in the east.
Home inspection reports have changed to accommodate increased consumer expectations. As a result, reports advanced from being checklists to providing more extensive narratives and photos for the client’s information.
Development of Standards
Before the mid-1970s, inspection reports followed no standard guidelines. Without minimum standards to follow, the quality of inspection reports varied widely. As a result, the public viewed the home inspection industry with suspicion.
A Standard of Practice became available with the founding of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) in 1976. This provided home inspection guidelines governing inspection reports. Later, a second trade association, the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), was established. InterNACHI developed its own Standards of Practice and aCode of Ethics.
My inspection reports also disclaim portions of the home hidden from view. These include areas below ground and floors and behind wall and ceiling coverings. Home inspections are visual inspections
I also note conditions that require a specialist inspection.
Home inspections are not technically exhaustive, so I will not dismantle a furnace to examine the heat exchanger.
The Standards of Practice describe the requirements and limitations of a home inspection.
Checklist and Narrative Reports
Originally home inspection reports consisted of a simple checklist, or a one- or two-page narrative report.
Checklist inspection reports contain almost no writing. The report is a series of boxes with short or abbreviated descriptions. They might consist of only two or three words, such as “peeling paint”. The entire checklist might only be four or five pages long.
Because of the lack of detailed information, checklist inspection reports are open to interpretation. As a result, buyers, sellers, agents, contractors, attorneys, and judges may each interpret the information differently, depending on their experience or motives.
Narratives are phrases that describe conditions found during an inspection. Narrative reports use reporting language that completely describes each condition. In addition, I don’t abbreviate descriptions.
Some inspectors still use checklist inspection reports. Many countries are banning checklist reports because the limited information they offer has resulted in legal problems.
I produce narrative reports because they are safer and superior as they provide more precise information.
Development of Reporting Software
Handwritten reports are no longer the norm. As computers became simpler to operate and more affordable, inspection software began to appear on the market.
With inspection reporting software, I can choose from a large number of organised narratives. I edit or add the narratives to accommodate local conditions and the property.
Using narrative software I can produce a very detailed report in a relatively short time.
Standard disclaimers automatically appear in each report.
Narratives normally consist of three parts:
A description of a condition of concern.
Sentences or paragraphs describing how serious the condition is, and the potential ramifications.
I recommend specific actions or further evaluation necessary. However, recommendations address problems in such a way that you will know how to proceed.
Inspection reports often begin with an informational section that gives general information about the home. This includes the client’s name, contact details, weather conditions, and whether the property is occupied and furnished.
Other information listed are disclaimers
My inspection reports include a summary report, listing major problems. As a result, you won’t miss important issues. You must be aware of safety issues or conditions that are expensive to correct. Narratives are colour-coded with this in mind.
Furthermore, the reports include photographs in the main body of the report, below the narrative that describes them.
A table of contents is also provided.
I break down the property systems into sections and areas in the report. These can be “ELECTRICAL,” “PLUMBING”, “HEATING”, “EXTERIOR”, “INTERIOR”, etc., or by area of the home: “KITCHEN”, “BEDROOMS”, etc.
Sample Comprehensive Home Buyer /Snag List Inspection Report
The link below features an example of a Comprehensive Home Buyer’s Inspection Report with the buyer’s permission. Every defect in the home was noted with narratives and photographs. Furthermore, acceptable finishes and elements of the home are also included in the report.
The link below features an example of a CriticalHome Buyer’s Inspection Report. Every defect that falls in the critical issues (roof, structure, windows, doors, electrical, plumbing and damp) in the home was noted with narratives and photographs.
Sample Check List Report (Walkthrough Inspections)
This link will take you to the checklist for a Walkthrough Inspection which is published as a PDF report. However, a Walkthrough Inspection does not include a detailed Comprehensive Inspection Report although the inspection itself is the same as that done for a Comprehensive Inspection. Clients are encouraged to attend the inspection and to make their notes! The checklist does not include a Table of Contents. Photos of issues are listed below the checklist.
A Limited Itemised Inspection is limited to a specific issue or issues that the client is focused on where a Comprehensive or Critical Inspection is not required. Furthermore, an example of a Limited Itemised Inspection is a roof inspection, structural inspection, plumbing inspection etc. In this case, my client required a report on the work done to date on his building project!
Imagine what can happen if you don’t have a house inspectionas protection when you buy a new home. Defects you didn’t notice and latent defects like a roof leak can cause your dream home to become a nightmare!
A Buyers House Inspection or Pre-purchase Comprehensive Property Inspection
Be wise and have a home inspection!
A buyer’s house inspection is your protection against the ‘voetstoots‘ clause. A Buyer’s Inspection report is a written account, with photos, of the condition of the property. As a result, it will tell you about any significant building defects or problems. This can be defects such as rising damp, movement in the walls (cracking), safety hazards or a faulty roof etc. You would have this done as part of your condition of the sale so you can identify any problems with the property which, if left unchecked, could prove costly to repair.