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How to Check for Defects in Your New Home After Receiving the Keys?

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After receiving the keys, new homebuyers in Singapore should prioritize checking for defects in their newly constructed homes. Beyond planning furniture and room arrangements, it’s crucial not to overlook the importance of a defect-free house.

Apart from setting up utilities, focus on a thorough defect inspection. For those who purchased a newly-built property, examining it for defects is vital. During the one-year defect liability period, starting from the day you were informed about key collection, contacting HDB or the developer allows them to fix defects at no cost.

For most homeowners, the timeline is shorter, requiring disclosure of all issues before starting renovations. To assist you, we’ve created guidelines and checklists to simplify your home inspection, ensuring your investment meets standards and is worth every dollar spent.

Checklist for Home Defects

Areas to examine:

  • Doors and Windows

Use your keys to check that doors and gates open and close easily without any issues in the mechanisms or screeching sounds. Make sure the gate and door are aligned, and inspect hinges for corrosion.

For doors with peepholes, ensure correct installation and a clear view. Check that the door magnet is aligned and mold-free.

Ensure windows open and close smoothly without any noise. Use the keys to confirm the windows lock and unlock correctly. Check for proper installation and alignment by contractors, and inspect hinges, frames, and locks for rust. Also, examine the glass for bubbles, scratches, chips, and other flaws.

  • Ceiling and Walls

Check ceilings and walls for stains, hairline cracks, and lines. Stains may indicate water seepage, leading to future problems. Hairline cracks can suggest issues with the building’s structure or foundation.

Larger fissures often signify more serious problems. Also, look for aesthetic flaws like messy painting or brush marks. Even if minor, identifying them allows you to get them fixed at no cost.

  • Tiles and Floors

Check the floor tiles for any signs of damage, such as scratches, chipping, or stains, which may be indicative of water seepage. If tapping on the tiles produces hollow sounds, it could suggest subpar craftsmanship during installation. Ensure the flooring maintains consistency and uniformity, with no protruding or unevenly laid tiles. Additionally, examine grout lines for any gaps or cracks, as these could contribute to water-related issues. Confirm that the tiles are securely in place and not loose. Taking these measures during your inspection will help identify and address potential problems early, ensuring a well-maintained and durable flooring structure in your home.

  • Toilets

Check all toilets, examining bowls and seats for cracks, stains, scratches, leaks, and water seepage. Ensure the toilet seat and lid can be effortlessly moved by lifting and lowering them. Confirm that the plumbing system is free of issues, including checking for any unusual sounds or slow drainage. Additionally, inspect the flush mechanism to guarantee it operates smoothly. Look for signs of mold or mildew around the toilet area, and ensure the bathroom flooring is dry and intact. Taking these steps during your inspection will help identify and address potential problems, ensuring a well-maintained and functional bathroom.

  • Plumbing

Be cautious to avoid leaks in your house, as plumbing problems can be costly and cause substantial damage. Check the visible parts of pipes to ensure they are strong and without stains or leaks, especially at the joints. Look for stains on floors, walls, fittings, valves, and cabinets.

Most valves, fittings, and connections are in the kitchen and bathroom. When possible, check for leaks by opening and closing valves. Corrosion around fittings and valves is a sign of a potential leak, so inspect the area closely to make sure everything is working correctly.

  • Sinks, faucets, and a showerhead

Check sinks, faucets, and showerheads for any signs of damage, such as cracks, scratches, leaks, or water seepage. Confirm that water flows smoothly with adequate pressure, without any spluttering or unusual noises. Additionally, ensure there are no spills or leaks after turning off the faucet or shower.

Examine the drain systems for any clogs or slow drainage issues. Test the temperature control of faucets and showers to ensure they function correctly. Check for any loose or wobbly handles, and tighten or fix them as needed. Verify that all knobs and controls operate smoothly without stiffness or resistance.

Inspect the caulking around sinks and faucets for any gaps or deterioration, and reseal if necessary. Look for signs of mold or mildew in the bathroom area and address the issue promptly. Regularly cleaning and maintaining these fixtures will contribute to a functional and well-maintained plumbing system in your home.

  • Electricals

Inspect all electrical outlets for any signs of damage, such as cracks, mold, or issues with telephone and cable TV connections. Use electrical equipment, like a charger, to test the functionality of the power outlets. Additionally, check for any discoloration or unusual smells around the outlets.

Given that electrical wiring has a limited lifespan, especially in older homes, it’s advisable to have a professional electrician assess the overall wiring condition. Look for exposed wires, fraying, or any other visible issues that may pose a safety risk. Confirm that circuit breakers are in good working order and label them appropriately.

Ensure all switches operate smoothly without any delays or flickering. Test all light fixtures and ceiling fans to confirm they work correctly. If you notice any sparking, buzzing sounds, or dimming lights, it’s essential to address these issues promptly to prevent electrical hazards.

Regularly maintaining and updating your home’s electrical components contributes to a safe and functional living environment.

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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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