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Inspecting Your New Home for Defects

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Buying a house is complicated and costly, requiring extensive knowledge. While there are resources to guide you through acquiring a home, there’s often a lack of information on what to do after getting your new home.

After getting the keys, checking for defects is crucial but often overlooked due to a lack of awareness. Few people know that developers will fix defects if you submit a ‘Defect Rectification Form.’

Step 1: Gather the Basics

Upon receiving the keys, your initial task is to inspect the house for defects. Some developers provide a standard Defect Rectification Form, while others may ask you to list and submit defects. However, contractors might overlook some issues during the fixing process.

Rather than just writing down defects on paper, mark the spots to assist the contractor. Begin by preparing essential items such as a pen, paper, marker pen, masking tape, measuring tape, spirit level, flashlight, stool, and a digital camera.

Additionally, bring along a notebook to jot down details, and consider using your smartphone for quick access to notes and photos. This thorough approach will help ensure a comprehensive inspection and smooth defect rectification process. 

Step 2: Spot the Defects

After gathering the essential tools, pay close attention to these areas:

  1. Doors and Windows

Examining doors and windows is straightforward. Keep an eye out for:

  • Poor workmanship (missing screws, damage, rust, and dirt)
  • Gaps between the door and window frames
  • Easy, unobstructed opening
  • Signs of water damage (if windows are improperly installed)


  • Check for proper insulation around doors and windows
  • Inspect the condition of locks and handles for functionality
  • Look for any cracks or gaps in the glass panels
  • Ensure windows close tightly without any drafts or air leaks.

2. Tiles and Floor

Damages to tiles and floors are easy to spot. Keep an eye out for:

  • Uneven or sagging areas in the flooring
  • Discoloration or stains on the tiles
  • Loose or damaged grout between tiles
  • Water damage or swelling in wooden floors
  • Check for creaking or squeaking sounds while walking on the floors
  • Inspect the floor for signs of termite or pest damage
  • Verify that carpets or rugs are in good condition, without fraying or tears.

3. Walls and Ceiling

Check all walls and ceilings for defects such as:

  • Cracks, wavy, and uneven surfaces
  • Holes and chips
  • Missing plaster
  • Fungus and water marks
  • Lumps, bubbles, flaky paint, and protruding objects (nails, stray pipes, loose wiring, and iron rods sticking out)


  • Inspect for discoloration or dampness on the walls
  • Look for signs of peeling or bubbling wallpaper
  • Check the ceiling for any visible leaks or water stains
  • Ensure that light fixtures and ceiling fans are securely attached and functioning
  • Examine corners and edges for any gaps or separation in the wall joints

4. Piping

Reach out to the developers to find out where the pipes are located in your units to prevent unintentional punctures. Be vigilant for:

  • Pipes that are easily visible
  • Any signs of water stains or leaks
  • Other exposed plumbing components 

5. Miscellaneous Fixtures

The developer will supply you with a detailed list outlining the fixtures and accessories in your home. This comprehensive inventory covers essential items such as electrical points, faucets, sinks, showerheads, and additional elements that contribute to the functionality and aesthetics of your living space.

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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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