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This is SA’s only home inspection company with registered roof inspectors

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Did you know that it is standard practice for banks to insist on a roof certificate when bonding new and existing properties to ensure that the roof is structurally sound? The problem is there is a lack of inspectors and engineers with the necessary expertise in roof structures across the country, especially in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga regions.

“Sellers paint their houses before putting them on the market to cover the cracks and damp; builders bully clients into accepting shoddy workmanship and estate agents normally don’t tell potential buyers about all the defects,” said Marisia Robus of Gauteng Property Inspections, which in August became the only home inspection company to boast two Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) registered roof inspectors. “I regularly get challenged by builders and estate agents: ‘What do you know?’ To which I normally answer: ‘More than you do if I look at all the construction errors you have made.’

“Now that I have this qualification, I can with ease report my problems I find in clients’ roofs.”

According to Amanda Obbes, national coordinator at the ITC-SA, consumers need to be aware of ITC-SA because the institute ensures that all professional membership classes are regulated in terms of the National Building Regulations and that its membership offers a professional and quality product and service.

“While many consumers try to save on the construction of their roof, timber home or deck, they often end up spending more remedying the problems that arise from using sub-standard materials and workmanship,” she said. “For a professional and long-lasting end result, it is essential to engage the services of a professional, knowledgeable and experienced individual. This will, no doubt, cost more initially than engaging the services of an unqualified individual, but will save a great deal of money and stress down the line.”

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