PROPERTY INVESTORS can benefit from our expert property inspection services…

We give you peace of mind

Our comprehensive property inspection and unbiased inspection report is an extremely valuable tool, to help you make informed decisions regarding your investment in a property. 

If you are a property owner, a buyer, a seller, or an investor, we ensure that you are aware, informed, and understand the state of the property. We identify and communicate the potential defects before buying or selling, inform you of the remedial repairs and maintenance required. and ensure you understand what needs to be done to fix any issues.

Buyers

Whether a first-time buyer or not, a pre-purchase inspection prior to or part of your offer to purchase will ensure you are fully aware of the property and investment you are buying into.

Sellers

A pre-sale inspection will help in preparing your property for listing, for either fixing issues upfront or declaring them to the buyer, ensuring a transparent successful sale.

Property Owners

Every property requires maintenance, but do you go regularly onto the roof or into the roof cavity? We can provide you with effective issues and repair recommendations.

Investors

Professional inspections on every property you purchase, maintain or sell, ensures a viable property investment portfolio that does not cost more in the long run. 

Learn more about property inspections…

What is a property inspection?

A property inspection is a professionally performed assessment of the condition of a property and it's buildings, conducted according to industry accepted standards, and is carried out according to a tried and trusted formula based on our extensive experience.

The purpose is to identify existing defects and potential problems, understand their implications and suggest viable repair solutions. It is a visual inspection only and is non-invasive ie: it does not involve dismantling or moving any objects on the property, drilling into the walls or lifting up fitted carpets etc.

If safe, our inspectors will climb onto the roof of the house and inside the roof cavity.  The inspector will also enter and inspect the basement, cellar, attic, store rooms, warehouses, lofts and all outbuildings.

What does a property inspection include?

The following areas/components are inspected but are not limited to …

  • External: Roof, flashing, gutters, roof cavity, plumbing in the roof cavity, geyser installation compliance, eaves, super structure, windows, doors, balconies and patios.
  • Internal: Floor covering, skirting, windows, doors, walls, cupboards, fittings, cornices, ceiling. Bathrooms: shower, bath, basins, toilet, tiling, fittings.
  • Outbuildings: Staff quarters, storerooms, garages, swimming pool, water runoff, storm water drainage, gates, boundary walls.
What is NOT included in the inspection process?

The inspection does NOT cover electrical systems because, by law, an Electrical Certificate of Compliance (CoC) must be obtained when a property is sold and before the Local Authority will connect the electricity supply. This extends to an Electrical Fence Compliance Certificate as well.

It does NOT include borer (insect) infestations because, by law, a Borer Certificate of Compliance (CoC) must be obtained when a property is sold in Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal regions. If we see any of the aspects that we are inspecting are visually affected by borer, we will bring this to your attention.

Likewise, if the property has gas, a gas Certificate of Compliance (CoC) must be obtained when a property is sold.

And in the Western Cape, a plumbing Certificate of Compliance (CoC) must be obtained when a property is sold.  In 2011, the City of Cape Town introduced a local water by-law. In terms of Section 14 of the Water By-Law, “the Seller must, before transfer of a property, submit a certificate of compliance from an accredited plumber certifying that: The water installation conforms to the National Building Regulations and this By-Law, there are no defects, the water meter registers, there is no discharge of stormwater into the sewer system.

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The inspections are a visual inspection only and are non-invasive ie: do not involve the dismantling or moving of any object on the property. (No drilling into the walls, lifting up fitted carpets etc.)

If a space is not safe, inaccessible or locked we will not inspect, however we will make a note in our report thereof.

What is your lead time for booking an inspection?

We try to book the inspections in within 2-3 days of you giving us the go ahead. This timeframe is dependant on matching the person who will be opening up the property, the current owners' availability and our inspection schedule for a suitable time.

How long does an inspection take?

Our inspections are thorough, taking approximately 2-3 hours to complete because the property inspection covers every aspect of the property from roof to boundary walls.

The size of the property, and the extent of issues found will both impact on the timeframes. A small apartment with great maintenance will take less time than a standard home with a long span of lack of maintenance or a warehouse and offices, and therefore could be as short as an hour, or longer than 3 hours, depending on the circumstances.

What type of information is put in your inspection report?

The Inspect-A-Home report is a comprehensive document that is written from scratch, specific to each propety inspected.

It is not a property inspection check-list or computer software generated report and therefore is customised specifically to detail the relevant aspects inspected, the issues found, and provide applicable expert suggestions for suitable fixes.

It also includes photographs of the aspects that were found to have issues, so that you as a client can see for yourself, the extent of the damage, and your contractor can see the exact area to repair, the extent of the damage, and be able to provide you with accurate repair quotes.

 

When will the report be available?

The report can take anywhere between 24 - 72 hours to generate, due to the detail and time and effort we put into making sure the report is as comprehensive as possible. 

We will send an invoice once the inspection has been completed, and will email the report to you, once it is ready, if payment has reflected in our account. 

 

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