How to monitor cracks

Worried About Cracks In Your House? Having Sleepless Nights?

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Here the foundation on the corner of the domestic bathroom had subsidised! Disguising cracks with paint and Polyfilla won’t work! You need to find the cause first and fix that before you patch walls!
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The problem here was with the pooling of water on the paving and the level of the paving being close to or at the floor level of the bathroom. In addition, it appeared the bath waste or water supply may be leaking.

How to monitor cracks in your walls and floors!

Often, home buyers and homeowners are worried by cracks in the house and boundary walls, especially plastered walls!

The good news is that, generally, concrete, stone, brick and masonry walls and concrete or screeded floors that have cracks less than 1 mm wide (the thickness of a credit card) are common and usually do not warrant any corrective action. Most of these small tight cracks are caused by normal shrinkage as the moisture in the walls and floors evaporates over time or settlement of the structure which usually occurs within the first few years after construction.

Be warned, however, that changes in condition around the structure may also cause settlement many years later! Examples are planting a new garden or tree or removing a garden or tree that is against or close to the house.

Crack Fillers

Note that all cracks should be sealed with paint, caulk (sealer) or mortar to prevent water from getting into the structure.

Moreover, if a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal masonry crack is filled with hard masonry patching compound, any substantial future movement is likely to show up as a new crack in the patched area or nearby.  Therefore, always use a non-shrinking grout to prevent stressing yourself!

Continued movement

Cracks that continue to move are a reason for concern! Continued movement in cracks should be evaluated as there may be a need for corrective action. Therefore, if you notice a crack has re-cracked or the crack has opened or gotten larger it should be monitored! However, first, make sure there is no shrinkage of the filler product.  All cracks that are 5 mm and greater should be carefully monitored to ensure there is no continued movement.

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Home Buyers Inspection

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Home Buyers Inspection

buyers inspection is a comprehensive home inspection
A Home Buyers Inspection is a comprehensive inspection or critical inspection for all home buyers who are considering buying a new or secondhand home. Without one, you are definitely at RISK!

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Why you need a Home Inspection

Buying property with the “voetstoots” clause in the Offer to Purchase puts you at risk. As a result, you should have a home buyers inspection which is a comprehensive inspection or a critical inspection and report with marked photos of the defects!

Furthermore, if you later discover expensive structural and maintenance faults with your new property, it can be heartbreaking. As a result, you either fix the faults at your own expense, or you go the legal route.

That is why the PPRA (Property Practitioners Regulatory Authority) advises all prospective property buyers to have a Home Buyers Inspection.

At THE HOME DETECTIVE, I specialise in providing professional comprehensive home inspections for buyers. In fact, my detailed inspection report will help you to make an informed decision on whether to buy or not.

A timely home inspection can also save you expensive litigation post-purchase. Moreover, I am here to help you make the right purchasing decision. Unlike sellers and estate agents who do not have your interests at heart.

What does it include? 

When you choose me to carry out your home buyers inspection, I will carry out thorough, detailed buyers home inspection. I look at a variety of different facets, from top to bottom, including:

  • Roofing
  • Ceilings
  • Floors
  • All walls
  • Structural integrity (roof and structure)
  • Heating and cooling
  • Plumbing, electrical and gas
  • The condition of the property’s exterior space (stand and property walls)

Inspection report

Upon completion of the physical inspection of the property, I will compile an extensive and detailed home buyers inspection report. The comprehensive inspection report will be available within 3 working days of the inspection.

I am an internationally certified home inspector. I work within the strict Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics of the Internation Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI).

With my experience, I’m in a unique position to provide you with a highly professional, home buyers home inspection report.  As a result, you can rely on the information in the comprehensive report before you buy your home.

I am passionate about helping people find a structurally sound home.  Furthermore, I will ensure that you have as much information as possible about a property before you buy it. Therefore, this will make your purchasing decision easier and take the stress out of the transaction.

Also, my home buyers inspection and the report will not cost you an arm and a leg. In short, my fee is a fraction of the purchase price of the property you wish to buy!

Finally, don’t forget to put an inspection contingency in your “Offer to Purchase”.

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