Voetstoots clauses are still being used in 98% of Home Sales Contracts

Voetstoots Clauses

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Read your offer to purchase carefully!

Beware of voetstoots clauses!

If you believe that the voetstoots clause is no longer applicable to home sales, you are mistaken. Estate agents and home sellers are using the voetstoots clause in 98% of the “offer to purchase” agreements. Furthermore, the voetstoots clause protects both the seller and the agent in case of legal ramifications for defects. The seller is not selling his home in his normal course of business. As a result, the Consumer Protection Act does not protect you!

In conclusion, just imagine what is wrong and can go wrong with the house you just bought if you don’t take the correct action!

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Why You Should Have A Home Inspection

The importance of a home inspection

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Imagine what can happen if you don’t have a house inspection when you buy a new home. Defects you didn’t notice and latent defects like a roof leak can cause your dream home to become a nightmare!

Be wise, have a home inspection!

A Buyers House Inspection or Pre-purchase Comprehensive Property Inspection

A buyer’s house inspection is your protection against the ‘voetstoots’ clause. A Buyer’s Inspection report is a written account, with photos, of the condition of the property. As a result, it will tell you about any significant building defects or problems. This can be defects such as rising damp, movement in the walls (cracking), safety hazards or a faulty roof etc. You would have this done as part of your condition of sale so you can identify any problems with the property which, if left unchecked, could prove costly to repair.

Why do you have one?

  1. Protection against the voetstoots clause in your Offer to Purchase
  2. You will know in advance what the problems are.
  3. Therefore, you may be able to negotiate a lower price for the property. You may have to pay to repair some of the problems.
  4. You also get specialist advice about any major problems and maintenance issues which may affect the property over time.

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