Purchasing or building a home is an emotional process, sometimes in our enthusiasm, lack of knowledge or misplaced trust we find ourselves spending more money than expected on unjustified costly repairs or wasting time and energy on drawn out litigation, in fact one in seven property transactions are accompanied by dispute in one form or the other in South Africa.
Our growing national network will provide an informed consultation with regards to the vital signs of a property, ahead of what must be seen as inevitable changes in the consumer protection act.
Our clients are well informed, educated South Africans (LSM 7+) wishing to make decisions with the advantage of hindsight who understand that a Property is more than just a Home.
An IPI Property Inspection is a Detailed and Systematic Visual Inspection of the Property, its Structures, Design and Fixtures that will provide a Transparent Understanding of the Property's 'Vital Signs' and Condition as observed on inspection date.
Within 24 Hours our clients receive a 300 Point "IPI Report" highlighting in detail a visual "Blue Print" of the Property with specific attention paid to areas of concern. Our reports do not offer a pass or fail result but simply an educated and unbiased opinion.
Our main focus on residential property in the R 750,000 - R 10,000,000 range, generally working with buyers however, in the past we have been contracted by the seller to assist in managing a quicker sale allowing for a realistic price based on transparency and due diligence.
We work with the the party who contracted our services only, this may be the Agent, the Seller, Buyer or investor. We do not share the findings of the report with any 3rd party without written authorisation from the client.
We understand the need to provide the report within a prescribed time frame, generally we can commission a report within 48 hours of engagement. Reports are software based and can be delivered within 24 hours of completion of the inspection.Our Inspections generally take between 3-4 Hours to Complete.
Unlike other inspection companies, we do not comment on what we can not readily observe and thus avoid speculation and guesswork. When IPI perform a property inspection, a good starting point is to determine if the defect is "patent" or "latent". A defect is considered "patent" if it was readily discoverable or "apparent by a reasonable inspection". If not, and if the defect is hidden, then it is "latent". The distinction is not always easy to make and depends on the defect's "susceptibility to detection”.
Our Role is not to create doubt but rather to speed up the process and thus while we recognise not every property is free from issues, our main priority is to ensure our clients are receiving as much information as possible ensuring a fair and reasonable decision is made based on the facts and thus our reporting function feels and exhibits this philosophy
IPI is a new division of the Skybridge Group. IPI help South African Property Buyers avoid the painful lesson of hind sight; whether buying, building or investing, for Peace of Mind, Financial Protection and delivering a Valuable Negotiating Tool, obtaining a Property Inspection Report from an unbiased 3rd party is a must for anyone wishing to make an intelligent decision based on all the facts. At Independent Property Inspectors, “we inspect what you expect”. Our growing national network provide an informed consultation with regards to the vital signs of a property, ahead of what must be seen as inevitable changes in the consumer protection act.
Purchasing a home is an emotional process, in our enthusiasm, lack of knowledge or misplaced trust we find ourselves spending more money than expected on unjustified costly repairs or wasting time and energy on drawn out litigation. Estate agents, developers, landlords or builders will no longer be able to take refuge behind signed legal papers and the “Verstoots clause”.
Estate agents can be held liable for any action which on later investigation could be characterised as dishonest, unfair or misleading in respect to the promotion and sale of a property.
The seller and agent may not withhold any aspects of the property which could be deemed of low or defective quality and/or of questionable value in terms of the price paid.
Any Contracts or documentation which could be deemed difficult to understand or insufficiently explanatory can be determined as void in respect to the sale agreement.
If any latent defects become apparent in the home within six months of its being transferred to the new owner, the seller will, in terms of the new Act, have to remedy them or pay compensation.
IPI supports the practices introduced by InterNACHI South Africa and adhere to such codes and practices where applicable to the south african environment
A property inspection is the process by which an inspector visually examines the readily accessible systems and components of a home and which describes those systems and components in accordance with these standards of practice. The inspection is time specific, non-invasive visual, Identifies patent defects and focused on the systems and components as agreed to with the customer.