Information for buyers: Buying a house

There are many things that can go wrong with a property and when you find the house you like, you don’t get much opportunity to check the house thoroughly.

Some hidden defect with the structure, roof or geyser can cost you thousands if you discover it after the sale has gone through.

Since buying a house is one of the most expensive purchases you’ll ever make, it makes sense to get an inspection done to know exactly what you are buying.

  • Once you have found the house you like you can make your offer subject to an inspection.
  • The seller and estate agent must disclose everything wrong with the property.
  • Taking this into account submit your “Offer to Purchase” and add the following text in the Special Conditions section provided: “This offer is subject to a favourable inspection by Inspect SA”.
  • If your offer gets accepted, give us a call and we can arrange the inspection within a day or two. We’ll arrange access to the property with the seller or the estate agent.
  • Let’s say by way of example that our inspection uncovers a crack in the swimming pool that would costs around R40,000 to fix that you weren’t told about. You can go back to the seller or agent to adjust your offer price or negotiate with the seller to have it fixed at his cost. In extreme situations you can withdraw your offer and be grateful that you dodged a very expensive bullet.

A home inspection allows you to:

  • Negotiate the best price
  • Avoid unforeseen repair costs
  • Avoid buying a house that you’ll regret later