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Full Checklist for Inspecting Your New Home

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Getting the keys to your new home is exciting, but it’s essential to quickly have a defects check for your new home. Upon receiving vacant possession, start the inspection process. New properties have a 12-month defect liability period under the Housing Development Act, acting as a warranty for the developer to fix any issues without charge.

If you find yourself uncertain about where to begin, rely on our BTO home inspection checklist. Examine both the interior and exterior areas, including the electrical and plumbing systems, to confirm their functionality before your move-in. This proactive approach is designed to reduce the likelihood of encountering any potential problems.


  • Check your walls for bumps, uneven paint, cracks, and water marks.
  • Inspect the paintwork on both interior and exterior surfaces, looking for peeling, fading, or any signs of deterioration.
  • Check that the doorknobs and locks function well. Test all provided keys to ensure they work correctly.
  • Check your doors and windows to ensure they open and close smoothly with good hinges. Look for any cracks or damage in the glass.
  • Ensure ceilings are clean, without stains, cracks, watermarks, or uneven paint.
  • Check built-in cabinets and countertops for scratches, dents, and defects. Make sure drawers and cupboards open and close easily.
  • Inspect the condition of the roof for any visible damage, missing shingles, or signs of leaks. Ensure gutters are clear of debris.
  • Check that your floors and tiles are smooth without cracks, damage, or discoloration. Confirm a seamless connection between wall tiles and flooring, and ensure there is no hollow sound when tapping tiled areas.
  • Verify the proper functioning of light fixtures and bulbs, replacing any burnt-out bulbs as needed.
  • Test heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to ensure they are working efficiently and providing the desired comfort.
  • Check for any signs of pest infestation, such as droppings, nests, or damaged areas that may indicate the presence of pests.
  • Confirm that all safety features, such as smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, are in good working order.
  • Walk around the exterior of the property, examining the foundation and walls for any cracks, water damage, or structural issues.


  • Check the external paint for any uneven spots or irregularities.
  • Inspect the roof for missing or damaged elements, such as shingles.
  • Check walls and pillars for cracks, watermarks, and stains.
  • Ensure your gutters and drains are clear and leak-free.
  • Check balconies or porches for level floors, ensure effective water drainage, and inspect tiles for consistency and cracks.
  • Evaluate the condition of the external doors, checking for proper alignment, functionality, and any signs of wear or damage.
  • Inspect the windowsills and ledges for any deterioration, water damage, or issues with their structural integrity.
  • Examine the external walls for cracks, peeling paint, or discoloration, addressing any potential weathering or structural concerns.
  • Check the condition of the external staircase or steps, ensuring they are secure, without loose components, and free from damage.
  • Assess the state of the external lighting fixtures, confirming they are operational and without visible damages.


  • Check the functionality of your plumbing fixtures, such as faucets and toilets, for any leaks or irregularities. Make sure drains are clear and functioning well.
  • Check all faucets for scratches or leaks. Turn them on to make sure they work, and observe the water pressure; low pressure might mean plumbing issues.
  • Turn on your water heater for five minutes to make sure the heating element works consistently.
  • Flush your toilets to make sure they work and aren’t blocked.
  • Check for blockages in your drainage system by running water in your kitchen, bathroom, and sinks.
  • Check if sinks, showers, and bathtubs drain well. Look for no rust or stains.
  • Inspect the pipes under sinks and around toilets for any signs of leaks or dampness.
  • Check the water meter for any indications of leaks, such as continuous movement when water is not in use.
  • Examine the water shut-off valves for toilets, sinks, and appliances to ensure they can be easily turned off in case of emergencies.
  • Listen for any unusual sounds, such as banging or hissing, in the plumbing system that may indicate issues like water hammer or leaks.
  • Inspect the water supply lines for appliances like dishwashers and washing machines for any signs of wear or leakage.
  • Check the seals and caulking around plumbing fixtures to ensure they are intact and preventing water seepage.
  • Test the flushing mechanism in toilets to confirm it operates smoothly and does not continuously run after flushing.


  • Examine the condition of your electrical outlets and switches, ensuring they work properly and are free of any visible damage or hazards.
  • Inspect the wiring in and around the outlets and switches to make sure there are no exposed wires or frayed insulation. Pay special attention to any discoloration or burning smells, as these may indicate potential electrical problems.
  • Switch on all the lights. They shouldn’t flicker. Report any missing bulbs or malfunctioning lights. Check your light switches—they should be neatly installed without gaps.
  • Take note of any buzzing sounds or unusual noises when using electrical devices and appliances. Unusual sounds can be indicative of electrical issues, and addressing them promptly can prevent more significant problems in the future.
  • Be cautious of any outlets or switches that feel warm to the touch, as this could be a sign of overloading or faulty wiring. If you identify any warm outlets, refrain from using them and seek professional assistance to address the underlying issue.
  • Additionally, check for any signs of damage or unusual features around the outlets, and if you encounter any issues, consider consulting a qualified electrician to ensure the safety and functionality of your electrical system

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Uncle Defect SG specializes in thorough inspections for houses, HDBs, condos, and landed properties. With our professional surveys, checks, and scans, we leave no area unchecked. From tiling to electricals, we ensure a comprehensive evaluation.

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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