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Ensuring a Thorough Inspection of Your New Home: Keep This Checklist Handy!

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Finally, you’ve got the keys to your new home! While it might be tempting to start moving in right away, it’s essential to carefully check for defects first. This is crucial because there’s a limited Defect Liability Period (DLP) when the developer is responsible for fixing any issues before the warranty period ends.

In accordance with Singapore’s Housing Development Act, the Defect Liability Period (DLP) spans 12 months from the day you receive your keys. Now, the question is, how does one embark on the challenging task of conducting a comprehensive inspection of the entire house for defects? Though not a simple undertaking, it is an essential one that must be undertaken!

Checklist for Detecting New Home Defects: Gather the Necessary Tools

Usually, developers give you a form to note down defects in your new home, but sometimes the contractor might miss some while fixing issues.

What tools do you need for defect checking?

Before you start checking every part of the property, be prepared for the task! Have these essential tools ready when inspecting your new home for defects:

  • Don’t forget a pen.
  • Grab a marker pen (try a few different colors).
  • Take along some paper.
  • Pack some masking tape.
  • Bring a measuring tape.
  • Bring a torchlight.
  • Don’t leave behind a ladder.
  • Include a spirit level.
  • Grab a stool.
  • Remember to have a camera (even a good camera phone will do).

Using these tools to mark the spots of defects and labeling them with masking tape not only streamlines the contractor’s task but also ensures that no issue goes unnoticed during the inspection. It adds a layer of clarity to the process, helping both you and the contractor address and rectify the defects efficiently. It’s like turning the defect-checking process into a methodical exploration where each labeled spot guides the way to a flaw-free home.

Checking for Defects in Your New Home: A Complete Guide to Areas and Methods

With your tools ready, start checking for defects in your new home by focusing on these five areas.

Door and Windows

Don’t forget these important areas. Improperly installed windows can lead to water damage, causing serious problems inside your home. Check these areas for the following defects:

Check these areas for the following defects:

  • Look for poor workmanship, including missing screws, damage, rust, or dirt.
  • Assess the condition of hinges for wear or misalignment.
  • Check for any gaps between doors/windows and their frame.
  • Examine the weather stripping around doors and windows.
  • Check for any signs of water leakage around doors and windows.
  • Examine doors or window glass surfaces for dents, cracks, or scratches.
  • Verify the proper installation.
  • Inspect the functionality of window mechanisms, ensuring they open and close smoothly.
  • Inspect malfunctioning locks.
  • Look for any unusual drafts around doors and windows.

Walls and Ceilings

Use a ladder or stools to check walls and ceilings for defects such as cracks or uneven paint jobs. Watch out for these issues:

  • Look out for a wavy and uneven surface.
  • Search for discoloration or irregularities in the paint.
  • Inspect corners and edges for any signs of peeling or lifting.
  • Inspect for paint stains or cement residue.
  • Check for cracks, holes, or chips in the wall or ceiling.
  • Ensure there is no missing plaster or paint jobs.
  • Watch for any signs of fungus or water marks.
  • Check for proper insulation and any signs of moisture in attics or crawl spaces.
  • Check for proper insulation and any signs of moisture in attics or crawl spaces.
  • Examine for lumps, bubbles, or flaky paint.
  • Be aware of any protruding objects, such as nails, stray pipes, or loose wiring.
  • Examine the ceiling for water spots or sagging areas.

Water Pipes

When you get the keys to your new home, the developer provides a homeowner’s manual showing where the pipes are. Avoid puncturing these areas during renovations. When checking for defects, carefully look at the walls or ceiling for water stains, which might indicate exposed pipes or incorrect pipe fixtures.

After getting water in your new home, do the following checks for water pipe issues:

  • Turn on all pipes to check for proper functioning and water pressure.
  • Pour a pail of water down the drainage hole to check for any clogs and observe the discharge speed.
  • Pour water on bathroom floors to check for ponding issues. A well-sloped floor shouldn’t have water ponding problems.
  • Inspect faucets and taps for any leaks or irregularities in water flow.
  • Check underneath sinks and around water-related appliances for signs of water damage or leakage.
  • Examine the water heater, if present, for proper functionality and any signs of leakage.
  • Flush toilets to ensure they operate smoothly without any unusual sounds or delays.
  • Inspect visible pipes for signs of corrosion, leaks, or unusual discoloration.
  • Look for water stains on walls or ceilings near water fixtures.
  • Verify that all drainage systems are functioning properly by observing water flow in sinks, bathtubs, and showers.

These additional checks will help ensure a thorough inspection of your new home’s water supply system.

Tiles and Floors

Check the floor and tiles for issues by:

  • Looking for missing, cracked, chipped, or slanting tiles
  • Inspecting for gaps in the wall skirting.
  • Lightly tapping tiles to find hollow ones; a hollow sound means improper cementing beneath.
  • Watching for paint stains or cement residue.

To examine floor and tile defects, lightly tap tiles with a screwdriver and listen for a hollow sound, indicating inadequate cementing beneath that tile.

In addition to the mentioned checks, consider the following when inspecting the floor and tiles:

  • Verify that tiles are securely adhered to the floor without any wobbling.
  • Look for unevenness or dips in the floor that may affect the tiles.
  • Examine the grout lines between tiles for any signs of cracking or deterioration.
  • Check for proper alignment of tiles to ensure a uniform and aesthetically pleasing appearance.
  • Inspect transitions between different flooring materials for smoothness and evenness.

These additional checks contribute to a more comprehensive inspection of the floor and tile conditions in your new home.

Fittings and Fixtures

Developers usually give a list of electrical items for your new home. Check each item against the list to make sure they are installed correctly and working.

  • Electrical outlets
  • Water faucets
  • Sinks
  • Bathroom fixtures
  • Toilet fixtures
  • Security or alarm system
  • Light fixtures
  • Doorknobs and locks
  • Window latches
  • Air conditioning or heating units
  • Cabinet handles and hinges
  • Ceiling fans (if applicable)
  • Smoke detectors
  • Thermostat controls
  • Garage door opener (if applicable)
  • Appliance connections (e.g., dishwasher, oven)

Think about getting a professional electrician to check the electrical points and connections for proper installation and functionality. Make sure all electrical points are secure:

  • Fittings are aligned correctly
  • No gaps or exposed wires
  • All switches and sockets work.
  • Confirm that there are no signs of overheating or scorch marks around electrical outlets.
  • Check for any unusual sounds or sparking when turning switches on and off.
  • Inspect the breaker panel for any tripped breakers or fuses.
  • Verify the functionality of any installed electrical appliances, such as ceiling fans or light fixtures.
  • Look for proper grounding of electrical outlets.
  • Ensure that outdoor electrical points, if applicable, are weatherproof and in good condition.

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Trust us to provide you with a detailed report, empowering you to make informed decisions and address any issues before settling in.

Schedule your inspection with Uncle Defect SG today and move in with confidence!

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