Critical Home Inspection

About Critical Home Inspections

Critical inspection
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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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Standards of Practice

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InterNACHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics

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An InterNACHI certified property inspector’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics

About the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI)

InterNACHI is the world’s largest property inspection organization for residential and commercial property inspectors. InterNACHI’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics is applicable to all it’s members!

InterNACHI is a nonprofit association providing training, certification, and Continuing Education for its membership. This includes property inspectors, licensed real estate agents, and building contractors. Furthermore, InterNACHI provides its members with business training, software products, marketing services, and many other membership benefits.

Advantages of having Property Inspector Standards and Codes of Ethics

Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics

As a member, I follow a comprehensive Standards of Practice for Residential Inspections and am bound by a strict Code of Ethics.  Furthermore, InterNACHI is the only association worldwide that provides me with a Standards of Practice for Commercial Property Inspections. This guarantees that my clients get an inspection and a report that meets the high standards set by InterNACHI.

InterNACHI Inspection blog and property inspector forums

I take part in the exchange of professional experiences and ideas with other InterNACHI certified inspectors to support each other.

Furthermore, InterNACHI maintains an industry blog, inspection forums and local chapters in support of this swapping of information. In addition, InterNACHI provides me with the means of direct and membership-wide interaction with other inspectors. This furthers my understanding of my particular role in the inspection industry and how best to serve you, my client.

Above all, this cross-communication enhances my ability, as a property inspector, to build my business and develop specialised ancillary property inspection services for you.

Advantages for homebuyers and homeowners

In fulfilling InterNACHI’s primary objective of training and mentoring me and other inspector-members, the association’s broader mission is also to inform and advise home buyers and homeowners about maintenance issues in their homes. This helps homeowners understand the functions, materials, systems and components of their properties. Furthermore, maintenance is not covered by homeowner’s insurance policies. Therefore, homeowners have the responsibility to conduct regular maintenance checks and to do the necessary maintenance to protect their investment.

My duty as an Internachi certified property inspector

In addition, as an InterNACHI property inspector, my commitment is to provide consistent, accessible and trusted information to you about the condition of properties you wish to have inspected.

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