“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” is a popular reference to William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet.

I have had to change the name of my business because of threats of legal action. INSPECTOR HOMES is apparently too close to the name of a home inspection franchisor. He and his franchisees believe the name INSPECTOR HOMES was taking business away from them. Little do they realise that it is not a name that makes the difference but the excellent SERVICE that I provide. However, on legal advice and to avoid unnecessary and expensive litigation INSPECTOR HOMES is now no longer!

Different name but still the same GREAT SERVICE! 

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Gas installations in your home

Gas Certificate of Conformity


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Gas certificates

Many homeowners have installed gas appliances due to high electricity costs. However, homeowners must comply with specific regulations which relate to a gas certificate and SABS standards.

Appliances must conform to the relevant SABS standard (SANS 1539).

As from 2009, the Occupation Health and Safety Act (No 85 of 1993) requires that all gas installations must have a Gas Certificate of Conformity. This applies to all permanent installations such as gas fires, hobs, stoves and braais. After an installation has been inspected a gas certificate is issued if it is safe and leak free.

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Electric Fence

Electric fences and your home security


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An electric fence is your first line of defence in securing your home!

However, few homeowners realise that there are very strict regulations governing the installation and maintenance of an electric fence.

New regulations

Electric fence regulations were amended in 2011. However, at the time the regulations did not receive much attention.

The regulations that apply to electric fences are the Electrical Machinery Regulations. They fall under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993.

But is it really an issue? The answer is yes! The authorities are now enforcing the regulations and many homeowners are up in arms! Continue reading “Electric Fence”

Life expectancy of geysers

How long does the geyser in your home last?

When you buy a new home have you ever thought about how long the geyser may last before you encounter problems? Probably not!

Your homeowner’s insurance may replace a burst geyser. However, be sure to check if you can claim the cost of repairs or if your home is unlivable due to water damage. Some policies allow you to claim for accommodation for the time it takes for your home to be habitable again.

Most geysers will not give you problems for ten years or more in new houses. Check with seller how old the house is if you are buying a house. Also, check if the geyser has been replaced and when.

Most homeowners realize too late that they never checked if their insurance covers geyser replacement and water damage. Be sure to check your policy and ask your insurance agent. Continue reading “Life expectancy of geysers”

A Home Buyer Views a Home

Home Buyer


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If you are a home buyer be sure to have a home inspection!

See what happens when a home buyer views a home!

This is applicable to almost every home buyer!

Research reveals that the average home buyer views a home for 25 minutes and 30 seconds before deciding to buy! With 98% of homes sold with the “voetstoots” clause in the offer to purchase, the home buyer is at an extreme risk that there may be serious defects that can be both dangerous and costly!

Are you such a home buyer?

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