An Electrical Certificate of Compliance is required by law when transferring ownership of a property and to ensure that the electrical installation is safe as per Code of Practice SANS 10142.
This Certificate of Compliance (COC) is issued by one of our accredited inspectors once the prescribed inspection and tests on the installation wiring have been done and deemed safe.
- On the day of the inspection ensure that all light fittings/globes are working.
- Make sure all the circuits on all distribution boards are labelled correctly.
- Make sure all isolators are accessible from fixed equipment.
- Remove all redundant leads.
- Check that the light fittings have their covers in place (e.g. ball lights).
- Allow all distribution doards to be accessed during the day of inspection.
Wood Borer Beetle Inspection
Most banks and insurance companies require a Beetle Clearance Certificate when a property is transferred to new ownership. This Clearance Certificate is issued once the property is inspected for any visible signs of wood destroying insects and deemed to be free of any such insects.
- On the day of inspection remove all loose timber from the property.
- Indicate if the Wendy house / wooden shed (if any) is included in the deed of sale.
- The Furniture Beetle (Anobium Punctatum)
- Attack hardwood and softwood timber usually older than 20 years.
Italian Beetle or European Woodborer (Hylotrupes Bajulus)
- Attack softwood timbers like pine.
Plumbing / Water Inspection
The City of Cape Town Bylaws (Section 14 (2)) states that the seller of a property shall supply the buyer with a Water Certificate of Compliance (COC) issued by an approved company. The aim of the Water COC is to ensure that no person may negligently, purposefully or wastefully permit fittings to leak, or use fittings that are defective.
- On the day of the inspection ensure that all fittings are water tight and not leaking when closed.
- Ensure that the water meter is accessible and visible, clear all earth and vegetation obstructing the water meter.
- Ensure that the consumer stop tap is accessible and visible, clear all earth and vegetation obstructing the consumer stop tap.
- Check all rainwater down pipes’ discharge to the environment.
- Ensure that the toilet stop taps are working and not seized.
- Check that all the toilets’ flushing mechanisms are working.
- Make sure that all drain covers are in place and not damaged allowing rainwater into the drain.
All houses with gas stoves or piping require a gas safety inspection.
This inspection is done using gas leakage detection equipment. If the gas installation passes the test and is deemed safe by the inspector, a safety certificate will be issued.
- On the day of the inspection ensure that the area surrounding the LP gas bottle is clean and cleared of any combustibles.
- Ensure the shut-off valve is accessible.
- Provide the equipment serial number to the inspector, if available.
Electrical Fence Inspection
A new regulation published in the Government Gazette state that all electrical energized security fences need to comply with safety regulations SANS 10222-3:2011.
- On the day of the inspection ensure that all vegetation is cleared away from the electrical fence.
- Ensure that all safety sign boards are installed above gates and not more that 10m apart on the fence.
Inspection (Deed of Sale)
The aim of a compliance inspection (electrical, beetle, plumbing, gas or electrical fencing) is to provide the buyer of a property with compliance certificates. By law it is the responsibility of the seller of a property to provide these certificates before a deed of sale can be completed between a buyer and seller of a property.
A company that provide these certificates must be registered with the relevant boards in order to issue such certificates. The seller that instructs such a company to carry out these inspections, must take care to ensure that the company has liability insurance should something go wrong, otherwise the seller may still be responsible once the buyers have moved in.
Inspection.co.za is operated by Cilltec. The aim of inspection.co.za is to simplify compliance inspection needs for property owners, estate agents and transfer attorneys. Cilltec specialize in compliance inspections and hygiene solutions and was established in 2006. We have been delivering great service to our customers over the past decade. To ensure that you receive the best there is to offer, we constantly revise our service.
Our expert teams cover the Cape and Gauteng areas. This enables us to quickly respond to your request. All our inspections are done within one appointment where possible. Our expert inspectors are registered with the relevant authorities.
We have long standing relationships with well-known Property Realtors and Law Firms. No need to pay cash upfront – we will send your account directly to your Transfer Attorney for settlement once the Deed of Sale is complete.
We aim to deliver high standards of service and quality workmanship at competitive prices.