Buying a house without  professional home inspection services is extremely risky.

Buying a house without professional home inspection services is extremely risky.

Buying a House – Buying a home

Not only do you risk paying too much for the property when buying a home in SA, but you also open the door to the possibility of destructive, frustrating, time-consuming conflict with the seller, the estate agent and the seller’s attorney once you have taken possession of the house and only then discover unacceptable damage.

Although estate agents are liable under the new Consumer Protection Act for the information about the house which they provide to prospective buyers ,  private sellers are not.  This means that many sellers will continue to rely on a “voetstoots” (as is) clause as a means to try and protect themselves from comebacks from angry buyers, who discover after they move into a house that there are problems which were not disclosed to them.

Of course, buyers who feel that they have been swindled by sellers can sue the seller.  But legal action is very expensive, time-consuming and incredibly stressful.

It makes much more sense for buyers to discover everything possible about the house BEFORE agreeing to buy it.  Buyers can do this by:

Insisting on professional home inspection services as a condition of purchase.

If a seller (or his agent) is reluctant to arrange a home inspection, then you, the buyer, should ask yourself: “Are they hiding something?”

HouseCheck exists to help home buyers  (and sellers and their agents) to ensure that  buying a home is an honest and transparent process where everyone gets a fair deal.  Some sellers and agents are even willing to pay for the home inspection.  This shows honesty and transparency and buyers should feel more comfortable in dealing with such people.

Customer testimonials :

I would like to thank you very much for reacting to the urgency of the situation like you did. The details of your first and second report have given the bond attorneys all the information that they require. Once again I must thank you for meeting me late in the evening yesterday at such short notice and for getting such a detailed report back to me in under 24hrs. We hope to use your services again when the house needs to be signed off for transfer.

Simon Daniels, Managing Director, Vexiste, Newlands

Thanks once again for a thorough and concise report. Your quick turnaround time is much appreciated, as is your expertise and knowledge of compliance standards and regulations. We will certainly recommend your services.

Shan Radcliff, Fishhoek

Thank you so much for the work you have done for us. It’s a very detailed report and covers everything in detail. It gives us a good idea as to what it will take to finish the place up. We’ll have to negotiate with the Seller now and hopefully he takes these costs into consideration. I will let you know how it goes. Thanks once again for everything. I hope you managed to find somewhere nice for lunch on your way back from Hermanus.

THEO MSEKA Product Manager Property24.com

To empower yourself, demand a HouseCheck report as a condition of purchase. That way you will be buying with your head as well as with your heart.

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