Home Inspection Services

What is a home inspection ?
A home inspection is an assessment of an existing building or property, by an independent and suitably qualified home inspector, in order to produce a report on the condition of the building or property for a property-decision maker.

Who should be requesting a home inspection?
– Potential buyers of homes or other property
– Potential sellers of homes or other property
– Estate agents involved in the sale of a property
– Owners or managers of a property
– Body corporate trustees of sectional title property

How long does a home inspection take?
The duration of a site inspection by a home inspector depends on the size and condition of the property and on the requirements of the client (the client may only require an inspection of a section of the property (for instance, the roof).
The duration of a site inspection of an average South African home is 2-3 hours.
HouseCheck promises to deliver the completed inspection report to the client within one working day of the inspection – provided that the client has paid.

How do you request a home inspection?
HouseCheck provides detailed emailed quotations to clients within 30 minutes of receiving an online request for a quote. A HouseCheck Customer Care specialist is available during working hours (Monday to Friday 07h00 to 18h00 and Saturday 08h00 to 13h00) to discuss quotations with clients.

What types of home inspections does HouseCheck offer?
– Comprehensive inspection
– Vital Inspection
– Property Risk Assessment inspection
– Snag inspection
– New building progress inspection
– MAP inspection (maintenance action plan)

Is it Safe to request a home inspection?
Yes – it is safe to use HouseCheck inspectors for the following reasons:
– HouseCheck inspectors observe all Covid-19 safety protocols.
– HouseCheck are trained and certified by www.sahita.co.za and are members of the National Association of Building Inspectors of SA (www.nabisa.org.za) and subscribe to the NABISA code of conduct.
– HouseCheck inspectors are subject to background checks by HouseCheck.
– HouseCheck carries adequate public liability and errors and omissions insurance cover to ensure that the client is never at risk should the inspection result in damage to the property, or should the inspector miss something during the inspection.

How much does a home inspection cost?
The cost of a HouseCheck inspection is quoted according to the number of rooms on the property and the type of inspection requested. HouseCheck inspection fees start at R1,800 and the average HouseCheck inspection fee is currently R5,000 – this high average fee is because most buyers of large, expensive homes use HouseCheck.
HouseCheck quotations for a particular property are based on the room count of the structures on the property and the type of inspection requested.
Requesting a quotation from HouseCheck does not place the client under any obligation – the quotation is for informational purposes only.

What gets inspected in a home inspection?
Comprehensive inspection: All accessible areas of the property and structures are inspected and the condition of all components is documented, Defects (big or small) are noted together with an evaluation of the nature of the defect; photographs (where this will be useful); and cost estimates for repairs.
Vital inspection: Same as for Comprehensive, but only “Vital” defects are reported on. Vital defects are significant defects relating to the structure; to the functionality of critical components on the property and to health and safety issues.
Property Risk Assessment inspection: This lower-cost inspection was developed by HouseCheck for the insurance industry, but if offered direct to HouseCheck clients who want to be sure that as partos of the property are legally compliant and safe that that they will be covered in the event of a homeowner’s insurance claim.
Snag inspection: This report is used by clients when a newly-built home is handed over to them by the developer or builder. The HouseCheck snag inspection documents all “snags” (defects) – both big and small and provides a checklist so that the builder can fix all snags as part of the handover process.
Building progress inspection: This is a series of quality control inspections at different stages of the building work.
MAP inspection: This is a “Maintenance Action Plan” inspection designed to enable body corporate trustees to meet their legal obligations to have a fully-funded 10 year plan for the maintenance of Sectional Title common property.

What is the value for home buyers in getting a home inspection
The value of an inspection is that the prospective buyer is able to make an informed decision regarding the condition of the property and knows how much it will cost to fix.

What is the value for home sellers in getting a home inspection
The value of an inspection is that the seller is the peace of mind of a transparent deal knowing that the prospective buyer has been fully informed regarding the condition of the property. This eliminates the possibility of ugly and expensive litigation after the sale has gone through.

What is the value for estate agents in getting a home inspection
The value of an inspection is that the estate agent will be shown to be impartial and professional and to comply with the consumer protection requirements of the Property Practitioners Act. Home inspections are good for the agent’s business reputation.

Can you get a home inspection before completing a Offer To Purchase?
Most prospective buyers opt to make their offer to purchase “subject to a satisfactory home inspection report.” This means that the seller accepts these terms in the OTP and the home cannot be sold to someone else before the buyer receives the home inspection report and confirms or cancels the offer. Some buyers, however, prefer to commission an inspection report prior to making their offer.

What’s included in a home inspection ?
The HouseCheck comprehensive report includes an evaluation and images of defects observed; cost estimates for repairs of these defects; and a summary of the main issues and of the cost estimates.

What areas are covered for home inspections?
– Roof covering and waterproofing
– Roof structures
– Condition of walls, doors, windows, cupboards, sanitaryware and other interior installations.
– Observed defects in the electrical, plumbing and drainage systems.
– Observed defects in the fire, safety and intruder control systems installed.
– Stormwater management issues
– Condition of boundary and retaining walls and garden structures
– Swimming pools and paving
– Compliance: Building regulations and standards

List of Inspections:

Pre-Purchase Inspections
Mould Inspections
New Building Inspections
Maintenance Inspections
Commercial Property Inspections
Pre-Sale Inspections
Renovation/snag Inspections
Asbestos Inspections
Swimming Pool Inspections
Drywall Inspections
Log Home Inspections
Chimney Inspections
Garage Inspections
Deck Inspections
Plumbing Inspections
Rental Property Inspections
Apartment Inspections
Window Inspections
General home inspections
Wall Inspections
Thatch Roof Inspections

Area’s Covered

Cape Town

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