INSPECTOR HOMES is now THE HOME DETECTIVE

INSPECTOR HOMES is now THE HOME DETECTIVE

HOME DETECTIVE

THE HOME DETECTIVE was INSPECTOR HOMES

“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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Jurie Fourie – THE HOME DETECTIVE

Certified Member of the  International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI)

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About Property Inspection

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About Home and Property Inspection In Gauteng

Property inspection and maintenance issues

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Having a property inspection advises you of the condition of the property before you buy it. In addition, an inspection makes you aware of the present maintenance problems and defects that may result in future maintenance problems. In other words, a property inspection helps you avoid problems and extra costs you have not budgeted for.

Different categories of a home inspection are available:

The most popular category of inspection is a Comprehensive Property Inspection or Comprehensive Home Inspection.

The following information explains what you need to know about the different types of property inspection that I can offer you.

A Home Inspection or Comprehensive Property Inspection

It’s one category of home inspection you can have done. Six different variations of comprehensive inspections are available.

  1. Home Buyers Inspection
  2. Snag Inspection
  3. Home Sellers Inspection
  4. Homeowner’s Maintenance Inspection
  5. Rental Inspection
  6. Commercial Property Inspection

Note: A property inspection report is different from a “pest inspection report”. A home inspection report will identify any visual damage caused by termites or wood borer. However, it usually won’t include a full report on the existence of termites or other timber destroying pests.

1) Home Buyers Inspection

Why do you need one?

A home inspection is your protection against the ‘voetstoots’ clause. Consequently, when you have made your purchase subject to a home inspection contingency, with a contingency period, you have this inspection done. Furthermore, a Buyer’s Property Inspection report is a written account, with photos, of the condition of the property. It will tell you about any significant building defects or problems such as rising damp, movement in the walls (cracking), safety hazards or a faulty roof to name a few. Accordingly, you would have this done as part of your condition of the sale so you can identify any problems with the property which, if left unchecked, could prove costly to repair.

Four good reasons why you need a buyer’s home inspection done:

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

Of course, the home inspection will be one of many things you will need to consider before buying a property.

2) New Property Inspection (snag inspection)

A snag or new property inspection and report cover the same items as a comprehensive property inspection report but it also includes more detail:

  1. A list of minor problems
  2. Recommendation of the repairs and replacement work needed.

What is a snag?

A snag is a small defect or problem that remains in your property after the building work has been completed. Therefore, it is typically something that is damaged or broken, not fitted properly or looks unfinished. Some examples are a scratch on a window, a missing screw in a hinge on a door or a chipped tile.

Most snags are cosmetic. However, more serious defects can arise from poor workmanship such as cracks, hollow floor tiles, kitchen, cupboard, plumbing and electrical fixtures that are not fitted properly.

When’s the best time to make a snagging list?

When the property is completely finished and ready to move into. At this stage, you have not moved in so that there is no furniture or stored items that may hide or cover defects.

If you leave it until you have moved in, it becomes harder as your housebuilder could argue that you have caused the damage when you moved in. In addition, it is also easier for contractors to work in an empty property for obvious reasons.

However, the builder/developer can refuse to give you access to the property before completion, which they are legally allowed to do because they still own the property.

Leaving your snag list to be rectified after you have taken occupation of your unit or home can be problematic. This may cause the disruption of your time if you have to be present while the builder rectifies the defects. Furthermore, the builder may have moved on to the next phase of housing or to another completely new development.

However, you do have 3 months from your occupation date to report any defects and maintenance problems to your builder/developer which they are legally obliged to fix as part of your NHBRC warranty.

3) Home Seller’s Inspection

Seller’s inspection (sometimes referred to as a pre-listing inspection) is becoming more popular because it virtually eliminates all the pitfalls and hassles associated with having the buyer do the home inspection.

This is an effective marketing tool allowing your estate agent and prospective buyers to access the report on the internet.

You share multiple copies of the report with potential buyers who tour the home for sale. Alternatively, the report can be hosted at  www.FetchReport.com. A sellers inspection is a benefit to all parties in a real estate transaction. It is a win-win-win-win situation.

A sellers inspection doesn’t kill deals by forcing you to disclose defects you otherwise wouldn’t have known about. Any defect that is serious enough to kill a real estate transaction is likely going to be uncovered eventually anyway. It is best to discover the problem ahead of time before it can kill the deal.

The inspection report becomes a great marketing piece if your property is truly in great shape. In addition, I provide you with a banner to place at the entrance to your home which certifies that your home is “Move-In Ready”.

A Seller’s Inspection reveals problems ahead of time, which:

  1. Might make the home show better.
  2. Gives you time to make repairs and shop for competitive contractors.
  3. Permits you to attach repair estimates or paid invoices to the inspection report.
  4. Removes over-inflated buyer-procured estimates from the negotiation table.
  5. The report might alert you to any immediate safety issues found, before agents and visitors tour the home.
  6. The report provides a third-party, unbiased opinion to offer to potential buyers.
  7. Your estate agent can use a clean seller inspection report as a marketing tool.
  8. A sellers inspection is the ultimate gesture in forthrightness on your part.
  9. The report might relieve a prospective buyer’s unfounded suspicions before they walk away.
  10. A sellers inspection lightens negotiations and 11th-hour re-negotiations.
  11. The report might encourage the buyer to waive the inspection contingency.
  12. The deal is less likely to fall apart, the way they often do, when a buyer’s inspection unexpectedly reveals a last-minute problem.

The report also provides full-disclosure protection from future legal claims.

4) Home Owners Maintenance Inspection

A maintenance inspection is an ideal inspection for newer homeowners and busy homeowners who don’t have the experience or the time to maintain their homes themselves. Furthermore, this type of inspection is especially suited for older or physically handicapped homeowners who, nevertheless, want to know what their home’s condition is. It’s the home’s equivalent of a medical checkup.

A Home Maintenance Inspection gives you a full picture of any below-the-radar repairs that need to be completed before they become major repairs.

What is a home maintenance inspection?

A Home Maintenance Inspection is a comprehensive inspection just like home buyers or sellers inspection.

I will uncover problems you have not noticed. Furthermore, I will detect the little signs that something is starting to go wrong. This may be small cracks, spots, uneven wear, or fixtures such as a faulty geyser installation. In addition, I will also make you aware of the regular maintenance you should be doing in your house.

Like an annual physical, my maintenance inspection catches maintenance issues early on. Therefore, a maintenance inspection can give you the peace of mind of a clean bill of health. Moreover, it’s a practical way to keep little problems from turning into big problems.

What happens during a home maintenance inspection?

I will inspect your home with you, showing you what I find and explaining what it means. You will have a chance to ask questions or get clarifications. Moreover, I will point out things you should be doing regularly to keep all of your home’s systems functioning properly.

Furthermore, you’ll get a written report detailing everything I have found. It will be an itemized punch list to address whenever you choose or have the finances available to do maintenance.

What are the advantages of having a home maintenance inspection?

Once every three to five years, you should have me come out and do a maintenance inspection.

  1. I detect minor defects can be repaired before they become major issues.
  2. You receive an unbiased opinion. I have no gain out of the evaluation of things that need repair (e.g., your roof or foundation).
  3. If you do suspect something is in disrepair, it’s wise to call me before you call a repair company. Repair companies have a vested interest in getting work. As a result, you have to careful in accepting what they say requires repair or replacement.

I am not trying to sell you anything.  Furthermore, I’m not getting commissions out of repairs that need to be done. All I sell is the truth!

Rental Inspection

A home inspection is vital to ensure that the interests of both the landlord and tenant are protected.

The property inspection can be used to check the condition of the property to identify new issues. Furthermore, rental inspections will provide useful evidence if problems or disputes arise later on.

Initial, midterm and follow-up inspections when tenants are leaving and new tenants are occupying the premises are very affordable.

Commercial Property Inspection

Whether you are considering buying or renting a commercial property it advisable to have a Commercial Property Inspection. As part of your “due diligence”, I can provide you with a detailed evaluation of the building and its components. Furthermore, I will advise you of the overall condition and make recommendations regarding maintenance and improvements.

Choosing the right inspector to inspect the property

You should always use a suitably certified home inspector. A Certified Professional Inspector and a member of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) is the best choice. An InterNACHI certified inspector will see through any cosmetic improvements covering up faults that might otherwise be missed by an untrained eye. I am your local Certified Professional Inspector in Gauteng.

Contents of my property inspection reports

The format and amount of detail in my report will depend on your property type, its size, age and condition. As a result, these factors will also influence the cost of my inspection and report.

My home inspection reports adopt a standard format recommended by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. In addition, all my reports include marked-up photographs.

My home inspection report will include the information to make you aware of the property’s condition and identify any significant problems.

However, a home inspection report is generally a visual inspection only. Therefore, problems that are hidden inside walls and inaccessible areas may not be identified. Also, most deliberately disguised or hidden defects leave clues which can be detected.

General information

I inspect all accessible parts of the property. These include the following areas:

  • all the interior of the building
  • the exterior of the building
  • roof space and roof structure
  • under-floor space (if it exists)
  • roof exterior
  • the site.

The site

My home inspection report includes the following:

  • garage, carport and garden shed
  • separate laundry or toilet
  • small retaining walls (ie. non-structural)
  • steps
  • fencing and boundary walls
  • surface water drainage
  • stormwater run-off
  • paving and driveways.

Make sure you specify any particular items or areas on the site that you want inspecting.

Other details in the inspection report

The report includes the following information:

  • your name
  • the address of the inspected property
  • the reason for the inspection
  • date of the inspection
  • the scope of the inspection
  • a summary of the overall condition of the property
  • a list of any significant problems that need fixing
  • if necessary, a recommendation that a further inspection or assessment be carried out by a suitably qualified specialist. This can be a suitably qualified electrician, plumber, roofing contractor, structural engineer etc.

The inspection report summary

The summary is possibly the most important part of the report. It lists the major faults found in the property and its condition considering its age and type.

Things not included in a property inspection

A home inspection report usually will not include:

  • parts of the property that were not or could not be inspected
  • matters outside my expertise
  • an estimate of repair costs
  • minor defects (chipped paint, corners or tiles unless they are structural issues)
  • termite detection.

A home inspection report is not an all-encompassing report dealing with every aspect of the property. Therefore, it’s a report to identify any major and minor problems that are visible at the time of the inspection. In addition, the extent of any problem will depend to a large extent upon the age and type of property.

While the report will give you valuable expert advice, it will not cover everything. To clarify, this is explained by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors’ Standards of Practice.

I normally would not check things such as:

  • foundation footings (below the ground, cannot be inspected visually)
  • hidden damp-proofing
  • concealed electrical wiring. However, I do inspect lights, switches, plug points and distribution boards
  • concealed plumbing, drainage and gas installations
  • watering systems
  • alarm and intercom systems
  • appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines, tumble dryers, ducted vacuum systems or hot plates (stoves, hobs and extractors are inspected)
  • television reception

Sectional title properties

With sectional title properties, I inspect and assess the condition of the interior and immediate exterior of the unit. I also include the exclusive use areas in my report. If you want me to inspect other common property areas you will need to request a ‘special-purpose’ or ‘single component’ property inspection report.

Minor defects

Most older properties will have minor defects such as blemishes and physical damage to materials and finishes. Therefore, with older houses, I would not normally report on minor defects, minor wear and tear, and minor imperfections. I will only report minor defects if the property is a new home or building.

Factors affecting the inspection report

There are certain conditions you should be aware of that will affect the final report.

These include:

  • problems that are difficult to detect due to weather or other conditions. These conditions can be rising damp or leaks if there has not been any rain
  • the information you provide to the home inspector
  • defects that are deliberately covered up to make an area appear problem-free.

It may be difficult to detect leaks and other problems if services have not been used for some time. For example, if the shower has not been used recently or if it has not rained recently, leaks or dampness may not be obvious. However, even under these conditions, there are normally many clues of such defects that I will detect and report.

Using the inspection report for other purposes

Your property inspection is carried out specifically for your information. It gives you an expert’s view of the condition of the property you are interested in buying.

It is not a certificate of compliance with any law, warranty or insurance policy against future problems. Nor is it intended to estimate the cost of fixing problems. However, with my report, you will be able to get a rough estimate of the repair cost.

Ordering an inspection

Depending on my workload I will need a minimum of 1½ days notice to do a property inspection.

When ordering your home inspection, make sure you give yourself enough time to make a purchase decision. Also, you should get the seller’s permission to have the property inspected as early in the sale negotiations as possible. This will help you decide if the property is worth buying. There may be little point in spending money on conveyancing until you know the condition of the property.

Other types of inspection reports

Different types of property inspections and property inspection reports  are  available depending on your requirements:

Walkthrough Inspections

Walkthrough inspections are for you if you don’t, at this point, want a full home or commercial property inspection.  This type of inspection can be performed with you, or for you, if you live elsewhere, and you need nothing more than subjective observations. 

Therefore, a walk-through is less formal and does not require me to adhere to a Standards of Practice or to generate a written report.  I will perform a visual walk-through of the home and provide you with oral or written comments summarizing my observations.

This type of inspection costs far less than a Comprehensive or Critical Home Inspection and about half (50%) the cost of a comprehensive inspection and report. Again, the cost depends on where the property is in my inspection area.

Single Component or Itemised Limited Inspection

I often receive calls from clients who are looking for a home inspection for a single component in the home. For instance, this can be a roof leak, a bulging ceiling, or damp problems and so on.

My itemised limited inspection and report is also the cheapest inspection. This inspection costs R1500.00 depending on where you are in my inspection area. Moreover, if you want adittional components inspected at the same time, this will only cost an additional R750.00 per component.

However, if I need to travel further than 5 kilometres to the inspection an additional charge may be applicable.

Critical Property Inspection

This is the home inspection for the budget-conscious!  Comparatively, Critical Home Inspections costs about ¾ of the price of a Comprehensive Property Inspection.

A critical home inspection covers the major components which are the roof, structure, windows and doors, electrical and plumbing.

Damp and Mould Inspection

You should have a mould inspection when you suspect you might have a mould problem in your property. Furthermore, have your property inspected when you experience breathing difficulties (shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, or respiratory irritation). In addition, you may also experience neurological difficulties (headaches, dizziness, drowsiness, sleep loss, nausea).

If your house has obvious mould contamination such as parts of the wall or ceiling, an inspection is essential. My mould inspection will identify and confirm the true extent of the problem. Furthermore, I will provide recommendations on how to rectify it.

Building Progress Inspection

When you are building your own home or alterations and extensions are being constructed you need progress inspections.

No matter how big or small I can help you.

Give yourself that extra peace of mind by contacting me to supervise your project.

I inspect each step during the construction process step to ensure that there is no sub-standard building. Furthermore, I will check whether the correct ratios of the different mixes are used. I will ensure that levels and depths of foundations are correct, walls are built straight, plumb and square according to the construction drawings.

My services are not limited to building construction. I can assist in ensuring the correct standard of electrical SABS installations and plumbing regulations are followed

I can inspect the building site on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis or on a call-out basis, where I check only on key points of your building project so that you have peace of mind that your investment is getting built to the standards required by the South African Building Regulations.

Furthermore, pricing is negotiable depending on the number of inspections you require.

Pest inspection report

My Pest Home Inspection report identifies any visual damage caused by termite activity. However, it won’t include the detection of whether termites and other timber destroying pests still exist.

You should have a pest inspection done as well as the property inspection.  A pest inspection is necessary where termites are a problem.

Fixing problems after having a home inspection

If you end up buying the property you may need to organise repairs or renovations before you move in. If this is the case, there are some important things you should know.

When using a builder or tradesperson for work where the value is over R1,000 the builder or tradesperson must:

  • be correctly licensed for the work they are doing.
  • provide you with a written contract where the value of work (labour and materials) is over R1,000.00.
  • issue or provide you with certificates of compliance or conformity for electrical, electric fencing, plumbing and gas installations. This applies to any repair or change made to the installation. Furthermore, you must obtain an occupation certificate from the builder for extensions and renovations.

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SELLING

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A welcome sign will not sell your property! Read this section carefully to benefit.

Your home for sale?

You should have your home inspected! You can then have it Move In Certified. This a huge selling point in your favour in the buyer’s eyes.

Putting your house up for sale is not as easy as you think! You need your property approved drawings and a bunch of certificates before you list your property so as not to cause delays.

For information and tips  about selling your home and what you need to do follow the links listed below:

  1. All about a seller’s inspection
  2. Certificates of Compliance you must get!
  3. Your home for sale? Read this!
  4. Tips to sell your home quicker.
  5. Inspection Index
  6. Home Page
  7. About the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors

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FREE QUOTE

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Your quote is free without any obligation.

I use the information you provide on the Free Quote Order Form provided below to produce your Free inspection quote.

I am an InterNACHI certified, professional home inspector dedicated to providing comprehensive, detailed home inspections and reports. Furthermore, with all the inspections I do, I use the most up-to-date training and equipment.

My home inspection services go above and beyond industry norms. Furthermore, I  work for you only, start to finish.

A home inspection empowers you

Knowledge of the property gives you the power to plan, negotiate, and protect your purchase or sale. My report will provide you with as much knowledge as possible about the property you are considering buying or selling.

Your quote 

My Free Inspection Quote Order Form is very detailed. As a result, there is no guesswork resulting in cheaper quotes because there is no loading of the quote to cover unexpected items!

Furthermore, I am the sole owner of my inspection business and totally independent. I also do all the inspections personally. As a result, my prices are less costly than those of other inspectors and inspection companies because I am not part of a franchise.

Furthermore, I don’t contract my inspections to any other inspector or inspection company either! In addition, no inspections are contracted to me. I work for you and nobody else.  You are paying the inspection fee to me for my work.

I will contact you within the same business day with an inspection quote. After 4 pm in the afternoon, you will receive your quote no later than early on the following business day.

Attending your inspection

You should try to attend the inspection so I may review my findings with you.  At the same time, I will answer any questions you may have.

If you are unable to attend the inspection, you will find that my detailed inspection report is easy to understand. All my inspections include marked-up photos detailing the defects. Moreover, where possible, I provide you with a solution or solutions to any defect or problem I detect.

Finally, I value your trust and look forward to being of service to you!


FREE INSPECTION QUOTE ORDER FORM


Please fill in all items marked with *. If the room does not exist fill in with "0".
Please select which floor the unit is on. Intermediate floor unit is any floor excluding the ground floor and top floor.
If the roofs of buildings to be inspected consist of more than 1 type of roof material please select them all
If you don't know the age, please guess
If you don't know the area, please guess
The dining room, lounge, TV room, study, playroom etc. are living rooms.
Include shower rooms, guest toilets, separate toilets etc.
If the garage is larger than a double garage, please enter the number of motor vehicles it can house.
Select if attached to the house
Include bedrooms, lounges, dining rooms etc.
Include bedrooms, lounges, dining rooms etc.
Please select if NOT attached to the house
Jacuzzis are inspected but are not part of a normal home inspection and will be charged accordingly if requested below.
Include garden sheds, tool sheds etc.

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Inspection Cost

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Home Inspection Report Costs

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A typical front page of my Home Inspection Reports

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Home Inspection Report costs

The inspection cost of a home inspection and a report is only a very small fraction of a % of the cost of your property. Furthermore, not having a comprehensive home inspection to determine the actual condition of the property can be a mistake that will cost you for many years to come!

All my residential and commercial property inspections are in full accordance with InterNACHI’s Standards of Practice for residential and commercial properties, and InterNACHI’s Code of Ethics.

I inspect and provide various types of inspection reports in these areas:

  • Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality Area
  • Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipal Area,
  • Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality Area,
  • Mogale City Local Municipality Area,
  • Hartbeespoort
  • and Brits.

I am trained and certified by InterNACHI (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors).

Because I am the owner of the business and I do the inspection myself, I am able to keep overheads low and pass these savings onto you.

You will receive your report within 2 working days after the day of the inspection. Most of the work in home inspections and reports are not in the physical inspection itself but in the producing of the inspection report! Reports can be anything from 15 pages to a huge 50 pages and can take anything from 1 to 2 full days to produce!

The type of home inspection report and inspection cost:

1) An Itemised Limited Inspection and Report

This covers only single components of the property, for example, a roof leak, a bulging ceiling, or a damp problem and so forth.

This kind of inspection is also the cheapest, starting at R1500,00. If you want more components inspected at the same time, the additional inspection cost will be R750.00 per component.

However, if I need to travel further than 5 kilometres to the inspection an additional charge may be applicable.

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2) Walk Through Inspections

A walk-through inspection is for a client who does not (at this point) want a full home or commercial property inspection. This inspection can be performed with you, or for you, if you live elsewhere, and you need nothing more than verbal subjective observations.

This type of inspection costs far less than a Comprehensive or Critical Home Inspection and about the same as a Single Component Inspection. Again, the cost depends on where the property is in my inspection area.

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3) Comprehensive Inspection report and inspection cost

The most requested inspection is the Standard Comprehensive Home Inspection Report. My Comprehensive Inspection covers every single aspect of the property, including finishes.

In this case, the number of rooms in the property determines the inspection cost for a Comprehensive Home Inspection.

My room rate is from R250 to R350. The total square metres of the home determines the rate per room. Therefore, the smaller the house the higher the room rate.

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4) Critical Home Inspection report and inspection cost

The Critical Home Inspection Report is for the budget-conscious. For this reason, I focus on the critical components of a property, the roof, structure (inside and outside), windows and doors, electricity, and plumbing.

A critical inspection cost is about ¾ of the price of a comprehensive inspection.

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5) Snag Inspection report and inspection cost

If you are buying a new home from a builder or a developer then you may want to consider my Snag Inspection Reports.

This report and inspection cost is the same as for a comprehensive home inspection report but focuses more on the finishes in the home.

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6) Building Progress Inspection reports and cost

When you are building a new home or making alterations and extensions to an existing property you will need quality inspections. With this in mind, Building Progress Inspections are your best option.

Costs per inspection will be similar to the cost of a Single Component Inspection, again, varies depending on where your property is in relation to my office to cover possible additional travel costs.

However, the price is dependent on the number of inspections you may decide on. More inspections mean less individual inspection cost.

Alternatively, depending on your budget you may only require a Snag Report before making final payments to contractors.

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Rental Home Inspection report and inspection cost

If you are a landlord you should seriously consider my Rental Inspection Report as part of your written tenancy agreement.

The initial inspection to assess the condition of the property is the more costly of the inspections.

Travelling costs are added to the cost of inspections depending on the distance from my office.

The cost of the initial inspection cost will depend on the size of the property, it’s age, location and repeat inspections.

Once the initial assessment has been completed interim and repeat inspections are much cheaper.

Also, repeat inspections (outgoing and interim) will depend on the size of the property.

Don’t forget, your outgoing rental inspection becomes the next incoming inspection as well and will cost R100.00 extra for the administration change of tenant and tenant’s details.

The inspection cost of rental inspections is negotiable and depends on the number of rental properties, together with repeat inspections.

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8) Damp and Mould Home Inspection report and cost

My mould inspection service may require two or more inspections of the property if you require sampling. On my first inspection, I perform my damp and mould inspection and then produce a report of my preliminary findings. Normally, unless you require sampling, the first inspection is sufficient to determine the source of the mould and moisture and the action to take to solve the mould problem.

In most cases, if visible mould growth is present, sampling is usually unnecessary! Therefore, the initial inspection will be the 1st and final inspection and report.

The initial inspection may cost between R1,500 and R3,000 depending on the size of the house. This excludes travelling costs. The damp and mould inspection includes a report with photos and recommendations.

Sampling is expensive and usually unnecessary! If required, I will follow up and perform either surface or air sampling, or both. This is necessary if a sampling inspection is required to determine the concentration of mould spores and to identify the mould types. The sampling inspection is an expensive exercise which includes special sampling equipment, transport to laboratories, laboratory testing, reports and the analysis of the laboratory reports.

In addition, the cost of the sampling inspection is subject to the number of samples required and laboratory costs. I will, therefore, provide you with a quote for the inspection depending on the number of samples required.

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9) Commercial Property Inspection report and inspection cost

Commercial Property Inspections apply to purchase or renting a commercial property. You receive a detailed evaluation of the building and its components as part of your “due diligence”. Furthermore, I will advise you of the overall condition and make recommendations regarding maintenance and improvements.

The inspection cost of a commercial property is different from that of a normal home inspection. I will do a preliminary inspection (Walk Through Inspection) with you to determine the extent of your requirements. At the same time, I will determine if additional inspections are required by specialist inspection subcontractors. I will also need to interview the building’s maintenance personnel. Based on the information, I will then prepare an assessment of further requirements and a quote for your requirements.

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