A thorough inspection, by a professional inspector to the standards set by interNACHI, costs about R2500 and takes 2 to 3 hours, depending on the size and age of the house. Don’t skip inspections on new houses. They also have problems.
From the detailed report you can determine whether problems are critical or simply easy to correct.
The sellers may want to fix minor problems themselves. The sellers may reduce the price if there are certain items they don’t want to rectify.
A home owner’s may want to have the home inspected every 5 years so that they are pro-active when it comes to maintenance. Home inspections are becoming much more common.