Whether these certificates are required or not is usually a stipulation in the Sale Agreement. While an Electrical Certificate is required in most cases, Beetle/Woodborer inspections depend on a number of factors.
For instance, it is usually not required in the case of a sectional title property,or where the property is situated far inland where beetle/woodborer problems are not as common as in coastal areas. But whether it's required or not, you'll be wise to insist on a thorough inspection to check for any possible wood destroying organisms or damage to the structure. Beatles are obvious to the naked eye, if you know where to look hence illuminating the possibility of misdiagnosis.
All our inspectors are registered with the Department of Agriculture and are trained to identify the variety and apply the correct application for total eradication.
Beetle inspections focus on the examination of accessible timber in immovable properties for wood-destroying insect infestation. It is important to note that Beetle inspections are aimed specifically at wood destroying organisms (Woodborer beetle) that can weaken the structure and not to be confused with general pest control.
The Beetle Certificate does not cover pest control, nor does it cover normal wood degradation or swelling of wooden fittings through ingress of moisture, that is normal maintenance, so perform your due diligence when viewing a prospective new home, make sure that all wooden doors, gates and windows can open and close properly as these are items that will not require rectifications for the purpose of issuing a Beetle Certificate.
There are numerous wood destroying organisms in South Africa, however,there are also no specific legal requirements, or standards, detailing exactly what a Beetle Inspector should check for in order to be able to issue a Beetle Free Certificate hence the industry currently relies on the contractual clause (Beetle Clause) in each specific Deed of Sale contract as their guideline, and these can vary dramatically.
It is therefore very important that both Seller & Buyer are familiar with what is required by the “Beetle Clause” in the contract they are signing and the potential financial and practical implications thereof.
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