Home Inspections and Maintenance


Property Inspections and Maintenance

 For Peace of Mind; Financial Protection and delivering a Valuable Negotiating Tool, obtaining a SOMABAYE Inspection Report is a must for anyone wishing to make an intelligent decision based on all the facts.

 Make an offer to purchase subject to a favourable inspection by SOMABAYE SERVICES. We conduct a thorough inspection from roof to foundation supply a written report detailing all the patent defects, allowing you to make an informed decision, or negotiate a better price.

Whether you are building, buying or investing, a home inspection by SOMABAYE SERVICES offers peace of mind and investment protection. Don’t buy without SOMABAYE SERVICES


  • The more information everyone has upfront, the better your chances are of ensuring a quick and painless sale process.

  • Reports help sellers see their homes through the eyes of a critical, third-party, thus making sellers more realistic about asking price.

  • Repairs made ahead of time might make homes show better.

  • The reports provide third-party, unbiased opinions to offer to potential buyers.

  • Clean reports can be used as marketing tools to help sell the homes.

  • Inspections reduce the need for negotiations and 11th-hour renegotiations.

  • Deals are less likely to fall apart the way they often do when buyer’s inspections unexpectedly reveal problems, last minute.

  • Reports provide full-disclosure protection from future legal claims. Achieve sole mandate status more often

  • Price properties based on the real market value.

  • Seller can confidently declare property problem-free

  • Transparent communication between you, the buyer and the seller

  • Less time negotiating because the known defects are factored into the sale price

  • Inspection fee easily absorbed into purchase costs

  • No expensive post-purchase litigation

  • It makes sense to a professional


SOMABAYE SERVICES technical 200 point inspection is a thorough examination of all the visible aspects of the property. Our trained professionals take a minimum of two hours to thoroughly inspect the property, and will be able to report on the condition of the property.

Superior testing equipment like infrared thermal imagers and travelling cameras are combined with traditional inspection methods and the well-trained, best skilled human tools for accurate and complete reports. Infrared imaging tools show temperature differences as an image on the screen, easily showing electrical problems, hidden pipes and circuits and much more. Diagnostic pipe inspection cameras are sent into tiny spaces on the property.

After having the SOMABAYE SERVICES 200 point inspection, you will have a comprehensive report as well as a full digital photo gallery of the property. Should a client request a municipal report, this can also be arranged.

Simply Contact Us for an inspector to travel to you or the property that you need to be checked, wherever it is in the country.

The 200 points include inspection reports on:
· plumbing
· electrical
· foundations
· structural or cosmetic cracks
· structural status
· roof leaks and roof integrity
· walls, rising damp and moisture
· insulation
· glass safety
· everything in between

The SOMABAYE Inspection consist of a 200 point inspection and is for new and old buildings, affecting the buyer, seller, estate agent, letting agents, builder, landlord and tenant alike.

The advantages to the buyer are clear; soon every buyer will insist on an inspection before they purchase. Already some buyers won’t even look at a property unless it has had a thorough, unbiased inspection. The inspection information could save you from a great deal of loss – financially and personally. An exploding geyser is a lethally dangerous thing, and who would put new carpets down knowing they’d be flooded and ruined in a month’s time because of faulty plumbing? Thousands of Rands can be wasted on painting before discovering rising damp, roof leaks and cracks due to shifting foundations. New buildings are actually the ones that mostly have the defects due to fly-by-night contractors that are not properly monitored by existing building registration councils. Insist on an inspection before you commit yourself to buying.

Not only buyers gain from home inspections. The sellers’ marketing advantages of having a pre-sale inspection are tremendous. You can confidently declare your house problem-free and price it with assurance. Creating an open, trusting atmosphere between yourself and the buyer speeds up the sale unbelievably. The more information everyone has up-front, the better your chances are of ensuring a quick and painless process and reducing the risk of the buyer changing his or her mind. If you do not want to make the necessary repairs, these aspects can be stated in the sale agreement so that there are no nasty surprises that could abort the sale.

If you are renting or letting, an inspection is done at the beginning and end of every lease, so there can be no blame-shifting or bad relations between tenants and landlords. This is equally as important to landlords as it is to tenants. To prevent any moneys being withheld or malicious damage to property occurring, safeguard your investment by making good use of SOMABAYE SERVICES. Their inspection reports and full digital photo galleries provide visual proof of the state of the property before occupancy and after departure.

The majority of building defects are actually found not in the older but in the newer buildings. With the rapid rate of development in South Africa, buildings are going up fast and flimsy. Boost and protect your good name as a builder or contractor by having the SOMABAYE SERVICES stamp of approval. Protect yourself from the bad reputation and shoddy workmanship of slapdash contractors and subcontractors.

The infamous “voetstoets” clause only covers the seller for those defects known to the seller. If you can prove that the seller knew of other defects you may eventually get them to pay, but usually sellers are genuinely unaware of the problems.

A borer beetle certificate and an electrical certificate are the only clearance aspects required by South African law upon sale. The legally-required electrical certificate doesn’t include checking the wiring up to the light fittings, which could be faulty due to inevitable wear and tear (age), bad installation or even exposed by gnawing roof rats.


Property Inspections and Maintenance


Give us a call or e-mail / Fax us with your contact detail.

Complete Requisition Form and Email it back to us A.S.A.P.


You will then be called back with a questionnaire to determine the following: -1) Reason for inspection: i.e buying, selling, etc. –

-2)Exact address of the property and erf number –

3)Details of property: i.e. house, apartment, townhouse etc. –

4)Average size of the house plus any additional buildings including quantity of specific rooms to be inspected. –

5)When, or nearest date , you would like the inspection to be done. –

6)Whether the property is occupied and who will provide access. –

7)Who, if anyone, would be present during the inspection.


A quotation will then be prepared and faxed, e-mailed or delivered to you in the form of order/quotation containing terms and conditions and inspection fee.


Once completed and signed order/quotation form is received back from you, an exact time and date for actual inspection will be communicated with you.


ASAP after actual inspection the inspection report will be prepared and faxed, e-mailed or delivered to you.



You may be aware that your privacy might be invaded during inspection by means of opening of cupboard doors, etc.


This property inspection is not a beetle and / or electrical inspection or an evaluation of your property, and do not replace such services or certificates.


If you plan to be present during the inspection, please be advised that such inspection can take up to three hours to perform… so please plan accordingly.




A PROPERTY INSPECTION summarizes the overall condition of the property, points

out the need for major repairs and indentifies specific areas that may need attention in the

near future.

An accurate PROPERTY INSPECTION will maximise your knowledge of the property

in order to make informed and intelligent decisions before signing on the dotted line.

A PROPERTY INSPECTION also points out the positive aspects of a property which

will point out to both parties a clear understanding of the good and the needs of the property.

As a PROPERTY INSPECTION business we are performing a vital service to home buyers,

that is becoming increasingly crucial in the home-buying process.

Home buyers and property investors are demanding this service now more than ever.


A standard HOME INSPECTION summarizes the following findings:

  • Visual Inspection

  • Interior plumbing and electrical systems

  • Roof

  • Walls

  • Ceilings

  • Floors

  • Doors and windows

  • Glazing

  • Sanitary ware and taps

  • Driveway

  • Outbuildings

  • Pool

  • Fences

  • Carport

  • Wendy house