Estate Agents are fiduciaries – in other words, they must put the client’s interests above everything else, make the best possible recommendations and avoid making an expedient or convenient choice when a better alternative may exist and should be evaluated for their clients.

Even the most experienced property estate agents don’t have the home inspector training, expertise and experience of a property inspector. They realise thorough home inspections reduce their liability and prevent ‘comebacks’ from unsatisfied property buyers.

The South African property market is following international trends by increasingly adopting home inspections as a standard when purchasing a property. Property inspections can vary and differ dramatically from home inspector to home inspector. It’s advisable to receive a complete property inspection report rather than a home inspection checklist which is unlikely to disclose the true state of the property’s construction and its components, or the types of defects which are serious or whether their home inspector checked all the essentials.


In HomeSpec reports this means: “A safety, functional or structural issue which, in the opinion of the our HomeSpec inspectors, requires immediate restorative attention.

Typically “Vital areas of concern” are those issues which are likely  to precipitate major damage or a safety risk in the near future and which are likely to materially affect the safety, functionality or structure of the installation or area.  Such issues are frequently NOT patently obvious to any observant layman after carefully viewing the property.

Examples of VITAL areas of concern which should be documented in a VITAL report are:  Structural  cracks, or measured active damp; roof leaks, or illegal or unsafe geyser, glazing, electrical and gas installations.