A buyer inspection is an inspection which a home buyer requests to determine the condition of a property he or she wishes to buy. A buyer inspection is also called a property condition assessment, a pre-purchasing home inspection, a property assessment inspection or a home inspection. If the inspection is for a new home it may be a snag list inspection, a new home inspection or a defects list inspection.
Most home buyers don’t realize that they are responsible for home inspections. In order to discover defects in the house, you agree to hire the home inspector. This also gives you an opportunity to negotiate a better price. However, you will have to shoulder the cost.
Remember to leave yourself a sufficient time to find an inspector and bring him out to view the property. A home inspection is not something you want to rush through last minute.
Financially, you need to budget for the cost of inspection services. While your initial reaction may be to baulk at the price and wonder why the seller isn’t covering this cost.
Remember, paying for the home inspection is for your benefit. The home inspector really works for you, not the seller. He or she is there to point out all the potential problems in the home to you.
I posted on my blog, in November last year, about damp walls that arise as a result not having gutters on your home to control the flow of rainwater off your roof.
On Saturday I inspected a four-year-old property that had a
one tile overhang on the roof, no gutters but had paving surrounding the house.
However, the external walls of the house were in a desperate state because of the three most destructive mistakes architects, developers, builders and homeowners make!
As a result, I’m going to repeat part of the issues mentioned in my blog again!
Damp walls caused by no gutters
Gutters collect the rainwater runoff from the roof, discharging it into downpipes which conveys the rainwater away from the house in a controlled manner. In addition, they also protect the timber roof structure at the eaves of the house. Furthermore, gutters protect the exterior walls, windows and doors of the house and its foundation from damp and potential damage.
The splashing up against the walls was the most serious cause of the penetrating damp on the walls of the house. Moreover, the crazing cracking (spiderweb-like fine cracking) in the plasterwork was the main indicator of the penetrating damp caused splashing up of rainwater. No cracking was observed higher up on the walls.
Even if your house has a reduced overhang at the eaves, gutters will still provide the required protection against heavy rain and wind storms your house may be subjected to.
Insufficient roof overhang at the eaves
Roofs with no gutters which have a two-tile
overhang (600mm in the case of a metal roof) or less will allow water to pour
from the roof close to the walls, windows and doors and the foundation.
When you’re buying a home, you don’t want to skip the home inspection step. Home inspections are an important part of the home buying process. An inspection by an InterNACHI certified home inspector can prevent you from purchasing a home with serious issues such as mould, structural defects, faulty plumbing and more.
Firstly, you should insert a contingency in the “Offer To Purchase” which states that the sale is dependant on a satisfactory home inspection. In addition, you should also agree on an “Inspection Contingency Period” which will give you time to have a home inspection done. Furthermore, this period should be between four to seven days depending on how soon you can get an appointment with a home inspector.
Based on the results of a home inspection, the contingency will then give you the right to cancel the sales agreement. In addition, you can walk away from the transaction without recourse if you are unsatisfied with the seller’s response to a request for an inspection and inspection contingency.
You lose the right to have the home inspected and to negotiate over defects found in a home once the contingency period ends.
What is a home inspection?
As a home buyer, it is your right to have your future home inspected for potential faults and defects. Therefore, don’t skip this step!
Damaged boundary walls around your property can spoil the whole look and feel of your property. Furthermore, cracked and leaning walls can also pose a danger to passers-by should the wall fall over.
This article explains the correct wayto repair boundary walls and install expansion joints!
Firstly, if your walls have ugly cracks and broken plasterwork and brickwork at the expansion joints do not plaster them up as shown in the photos below!
Furthermore, the work done on these boundary walls will result in more cracking in the walls!
Many boundary walls and retaining walls may fail prematurely due to the lack of provision for movement. However, this is usually not a fault in the materials used, but usually a lack of proper design. Even when the design is correct, the construction of the boundary wall and expansion joints are often faulty.
What is an expansion joint?
It is a separation between two portions of the same structure. A butt joint in a boundary wall is not an expansion joint!
Expansion joints in boundary walls
When building a boundary wall, an expansion joint is a separation designed to relieve stress on building materials caused by movement induced by thermal expansion and contraction. They are therefore specifically provided in boundary walls to avoid cracks occurring in the wall.
Temperature changes and seasonal changes mostly cause the movement in the boundary walls. However, expansion joints also permit movement due to ground settlement, seismic events and expansive soils.
A walkthrough is not a general home inspection. It is a much more informal inspection than my usual property inspections. As a result, I perform a visual walkthrough of the home/building and provide you with comments summarizing my observations. Furthermore, my comments will be nothing more than a subjective summary of my initial observations during the walk-through.
A walkthrough is also very affordable. This type of inspection is mainly for a client who does not (at this point) want a full home inspection. Because a walkthrough is less formal, I do not adhere to the InterNACHI Standards of Practice. If you are present at the walkthrough I do not generate a written report. I communicate my observations orally to you.
However, you don’t have to be present during the walkthrough. If you are not, I will generate a checklist during the walkthrough by using specialised software for your information.
However, we will need to have a Walk-Though Inspection Agreement with each other. This is to protect me against liability as a result of deviating from the requirements of InterNACHI Standards of Practice.
The Bill was supposed to finally provide buyers (consumers) more protection in the secondary housing market.
However, it appears the Minister of Human Settlements and his staff and the National Assembly totally missed the point!
Here is that portion of the Bill:
Mandatory disclosure form
A property practitioner –
may not accept a mandate unless the seller or lessor of the property has provided him or her with a fully completed and signed mandatory disclosure in the prescribed form; and
must provide a copy of the completed mandatory disclosure form to a prospective purchaser or lessee who intends to make an offer for the purchase or lease of a property.
The completed mandatory disclosure form signed by all relevant parties must be attached to any agreement for the sale or lease of a property and forms an integral part of that agreement, but if such a disclosure form was not completed, signed or attached, the agreement must be interpreted as if no defects or deficiencies of the property were disclosed to the purchaser.
A property practitioner who fails to comply with subsection (1) may be held liable by an affected consumer.
Nothing in this section prevents the Authority from taking action against a property practitioner or imposing an appropriate sanction.
Nothing in this section prevents a consumer, for his or her own account, from undertaking a private property inspection to confirm the state of the property before finalising the transaction.
This is the protection this Bill offers to buyers (consumers) who buy properties from sellers.