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Defect Checking Steps for HDB BTO Estates

When moving into a new HDB BTO (Build-to-Order) flat, it’s crucial to conduct thorough defect checking to ensure that the unit is in optimal condition. Here are the essential steps to follow:

  1. Visual Inspection:

    • Begin with a visual inspection of the entire unit, including walls, ceilings, floors, doors, and windows.
    • Look for any cracks, dents, scratches, or other visible defects.
  2. Structural Integrity:

    • Check for any signs of structural issues such as uneven floors, misaligned doors or windows, or cracks in walls.
    • Ensure that load-bearing walls and columns are free from damage or defects.
  3. Plumbing and Electrical Systems:

    • Inspect plumbing fixtures, such as taps, pipes, and toilets, for leaks or malfunctions.
    • Test electrical outlets, switches, and lighting fixtures to ensure they are functioning properly.
    • Check for exposed wiring or electrical hazards.
  4. Finishes and Surfaces:

    • Examine wall and floor finishes for unevenness, staining, or damage.
    • Verify the quality of paintwork and surface coatings.
    • Inspect tiles for cracks, chips, or improper installation.
  5. Cabinetry and Fixtures:

    • Open and close cabinets, drawers, and doors to ensure they operate smoothly.
    • Check for any defects in built-in fixtures such as wardrobes, kitchen cabinets, and countertops.
  6. Windows and Doors:

    • Test windows and doors to ensure they open and close properly.
    • Check for gaps or drafts around window frames and door jambs.
  7. Waterproofing and Sealing:

    • Inspect bathroom and kitchen areas for proper waterproofing.
    • Look for signs of water damage or leakage in wet areas.
  8. Ventilation and Air Conditioning:

    • Test ventilation fans and air conditioning units to ensure they are operational.
    • Check for proper airflow and ventilation in all rooms.
  9. Safety Features:

    • Verify the functionality of smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and other safety equipment.
    • Ensure that emergency exits are unobstructed and easily accessible.
  10. Documentation and Reporting:

    • Document any defects or issues discovered during the inspection process.
    • Report defects to the relevant authorities or developers for rectification.

By following these defect checking steps diligently, new homeowners can identify and address any issues in their HDB BTO units promptly, ensuring a smooth transition into their new home.

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