Technical aspects of home inspections

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How to build a safe and stable boundary wall

When I was a small boy growing up on the outskirts of Johannesburg a free-standing wall fell on my late sister and me resulting in broken bones and for my sister a lengthy stay in hospital. Poor foundations, bad design, lack of expansion joints and piers (support pillars) can result in  masonry boundary walls developing unsightly and …

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Understanding damp

Understanding Damp Damp damage to South African houses is one of the most worrisome conditions for estate agents and potential buyers or sellers.   A HouseCheck home inspector will usually be able to diagnose the cause of the damp and place the situation in a practical cost-context.    Like most problems, once the situation has been faced …

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10 Most Common Problems that estate agents, buyers and sellers should know about

10 Most Common Problems that estate agents, buyers and sellers should know about HouseCheck home inspectors know that most home defects they are likely to find in a typical house are fairly similar. Knowing about these common home problems can help the estate agent advise both the buyer and seller. Here are 10 common home …

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Testing dampness in a wall

How to diagnose damp problems

Damp damage to house walls is frequently encountered by HouseCheck inspectors.  HouseCheck inspectors are equipped with sensitive moisture meters which enable them to determine whether the visible damp damage is old, unrepaired, damp damage or whether the surface is still wet.  Wet surfaces indicate that the problem is on-going.  HouseCheck inspectors also use their experience …

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