How to Check Your New Home for Defects

How to Check Your New Home for Defects

Inspecting defects in your new home can be a challenge, especially for us inexperienced homeowners. Despite our inexperience, inspecting for defects is necessary since our homes are probably the largest investments we will make in our lifetime.           Before you embark on renovating your new flat, it is good practice to check your house for defects, and get the developer to rectify them for you. If this is not done, there may be a possibility that it becomes harder and costlier to rectify certain defects after the completion of your renovation works. For instance, some defects such as hollow floor tiles need to be rectified before the cabinets, shelves and wardrobes are installed on the floor. Another example is water seepage in the ceiling, which needs to be resolved before the erection of false ceilings below the bare ceiling. For a guide to defects inspection in your new home, read on!   To make things easier for you, carry out your defects inspection in a systematic way. Defects are typically grouped into 7 main categories: Floors Internal Walls Ceiling Doors Windows Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) Fittings – power points, switches, air-conditioning units, taps, etc. Other Components – carpentry like wardrobes, kitchen cabinets, shoe racks, staircase railings, etc. Some common defects that you should try to check are cracks and stains on your walls/floors/fittings, chips or inconsistent joints between your tiles, staple marks, inconsistent gaps between the door leaf and door frame, misalignment of door handles, window panes, power points, and more. To tell if an item is defective, you also have to know what is...