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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The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI)

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About the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors

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

InterNACHI is a nonprofit association providing training, certification, and continuing education for its members. 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

InterNACHI’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics

As a member, I follow 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 inspection 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 the properties you wish to have inspected.

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