South African Standards of Practice

South African Standards of Practice

South African Standards of Practice

The South African Standards of Practice differ somewhat from the American Inspection Standards mainly because of the different construction materials used in the construction of residential properties in the two countries. South Africa mostly uses brick or blockwork and concrete instead of frame construction.

In addition, we have the South African National Standards (SANS) which are our National Building Regulations (NBR) applicable to all construction within the borders of South Africa. They differ substantially from the American building codes.

A home inspection is visual and not destructive

The descriptions and observations in my report are based on a visual inspection of the structure. I inspect all the viewable structures without dismantling, damaging or disfiguring the structure and without moving furniture and interior furnishings. However, areas that are concealed, hidden, inaccessible or unsafe to view are not covered in this inspection as per the Standards of Practice. Some systems cannot be tested during this inspection as testing risks damage to the building. For example, overflow drains on baths are generally not tested because if they were found to be leaking they could damage the finishes in the building. My procedures involve non-invasive investigation and non-destructive testing which limits the scope of my inspection.

The minimum scope of my inspection

My Comprehensive Home Inspection exceeds the following systems required by the Standards of Practice.

  • Roof
  • Exterior
  • Cellar, Underfloor Spaces & Structure
  • Heating
  • Fireplace
  • Cooling
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Roof Space and Insulation
  • Doors, Windows & Interior

The Standards of Practice do not require a technically exhaustive inspection

Furthermore, the evaluation will be based on observations that are primarily visual and non-invasive. As mentioned in the South African Standards of Practice, my inspection and report are not technically exhaustive.

Such inspections are available but they are generally cost-prohibitive to most homebuyers and homeowners.

Below is the South African Standards of Practice for the Inspection of Residential Properties.

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Home Inspections Kill Deals

Four Reasons Why Home Inspections Kill Deals:

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A buyer, a seller or an estate agent blames the house and the home inspector when a house sale falls through! Why?

A buyer may cancel a transaction after a home inspection! Sellers and agents may be tempted to blame an overzealous home inspector when a transaction falls apart after the inspection of some houses.

But there’s more to that situation than meets the eye.

Estate professionals know there are many ways that deals can fall apart, from credit, and financing to plain cold feet. But certainly, one of the more common deal killers is the home inspection.

But it doesn’t have to be!

Houses and Home Inspectors Do Not Kill Deals

Four home inspection situations lead to a cancelled transaction. Two things which are not on this list are the house and the home inspector. Some estate agents blame the home or the home inspector. However, let’s consider what happens in these situations.

Problems are caused when the home inspection report significantly alters the buyer’s expectations about what they thought they were buying. The client may say, “Gee, I thought I was buying a well-maintained home, but now that we have looked closely, I see the house requires a lot more maintenance than we expected”.

Therefore, the cancellation has everything to do with the client’s expectations coming into the inspection! Agents may wish that the home inspector had been less forthcoming about the condition of the house but this is not the solution! The solution to this problem is for buyers to have more realistic expectations before they sign the contract. My website and blog attempt to teach people skills that will help them look at houses and evaluate risk so they are more prepared to make an offer on the right house.

Here are the top four reasons buyers cancel a deal after the inspection.

1) Unprepared buyers

There are no classes in university or high school to teach people how houses work or where the risk lies. Even professional estate agents have little or no training to help them understand how to look at houses and identify issues. A new generation of homebuyers, many of whom did not grow up working on their houses with their parents, compounds this problem.

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Critical Home Inspection

About Critical Home Inspections

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Don’t let this happen to you!

A Critical Home Inspection and Report include the really important parts of the home! It is a “Safe Home” inspection.

This inspection is an ideal inspection for both home buyers and sellers! The inspection is for those clients who do not require the full Buyers or Sellers Home Inspection.

With a critical inspection, I focus and report on the critical components of a home which are the roof, roof space, structure (inside and outside), windows and doors, electricity and plumbing installations, and any damp problems!

Therefore, a critical inspection is ideal if you only require an inspection of the major components of the home. Besides, it is more affordable!  My fee for a Critical Home Inspection report is about ¾ of that for the Home Buyers or Sellers Inspection, depending on the distance I would need to travel to the inspection.

A Critical Inspection includes

A critical home inspection includes issues that are NOT plainly obvious to any observant layman.

These include structural cracks in walls, ceilings, and floors. Issues such as all damp, roof leaks, illegal or unsafe geyser installations, windows, and door issues. However, I only inspect the external and internal wall, floor, and ceiling finish for signs of structural issues, dampness or staining from moisture intrusion.

Unsafe electrical and gas installations are also part of a critical home inspection. I inspect and report on stoves, air conditioners, and other built-in appliances. Moreover, I report on surface drainage, vegetation, and foliage issues that may affect the structure and roof adversely.

Besides the geyser installation, I check the water supply to all other plumbing fixtures and fittings as well as the drainage from them. I report on all leaks or faults observed during the critical home inspection.

A Critical Inspection includes unsafe, functional, or structural issues which, in my opinion, require prompt remedial attention. Furthermore, I report on preventative remedial actions that are required to preserve the safety, functional or structural integrity of the home or major installation.

What is not included

Other external elements such as boundary and yard walls, the site, driveways, walkways, garden sheds, etc. do not form part of the critical inspection. In addition, I inspect walls, floors, and ceilings for damp and structural issues only! I also inspect BICs, sink and kitchen cupboards, and counters for moisture intrusion only.

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Buying Property

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Buying a house, townhouse or flat?

Before you make a home purchase take note of this video!

Imagine what could go wrong with your home purchase! Houses are made up of hundreds of different parts and materials from a nail to a roof tile and much, much more!

New or used, the home purchase will most likely be one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make! Therefore, with this type of investment, it only makes sense to have a professional home inspection done beforehand.

If you’re thinking, “Why do I need to spend the time and money on a home inspection?”

My question to you is “Why take any unnecessary chances with your hard-earned money?

Protecting your home purchase

An inspection and report will give you a clear, concise picture of the important components and systems of the home. Therefore, you can make an informed decision on the purchase of the home. In doing so, you avoid buying a new home only to spend thousands of rand on unexpected or unforeseen problems.

My thorough, impartial inspection will let you identify any minor or major repairs or maintenance issues. Furthermore, the inspection report is a valuable tool in the bargaining stage to address any issues before finalising your home purchase.

Moreover, you will have a highly trained, experienced and dedicated professional on your side. My report will help you make the right decision with your property purchase.

Don’t make the mistake so many other home buyers are making over and over again!

Protect your investment by having a home inspection!

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Home Inspectors and Inspections

Home inspections: A must for every home buyer

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Jurie Fourie – Owner of THE HOME DETECTIVE and Certified Home Inspector and Member of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) and a home inspection expert with 45 years of experience in the building trade!

When you’re buying a home, you don’t want to skip the home inspection step. Home inspections are an important part of the home-buying process. An inspection by an InterNACHI-certified home inspector can prevent you from purchasing a home with serious issues such as mould, structural defects, faulty plumbing, and more.

Firstly, you should insert a contingency in the “Offer To Purchase” which states that the sale is dependent on a satisfactory home inspection. In addition, you should also agree to a “Contingency Period” which will give you time to have a home inspection done. Furthermore, this period should be between four to seven days depending on how soon you can get an appointment with a home inspector.

Based on the results of a home inspection, the contingency will then give you the right to cancel the sales agreement. In addition, you can walk away from the transaction without recourse if you are unsatisfied with the seller’s response to a request for an inspection and contingency.

You lose the right to have the home inspected and to negotiate over defects found in a home once the contingency period ends.

What is a home inspection?

As a home buyer, it is your right to have your future home inspected for potential faults and defects. Therefore, don’t skip this step!

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