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The Ultimate Defects Checklist

I have covered the 12 defects, checking tools which every homeowner should know ( in my last blog post.

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For today’s article, let me share 4 additional defect inspection tips and a comprehensive defects checklist infographic so that you can stay ahead of the defect inspection exercise. In this way, you can also be assured that your apartment is perfect before your renovation professionals even start to renovate your place.

1) This is the reason why rain is better than sunshine

Aside from performing the defects check on a dry, sunny day, you should also conduct the defect inspection exercise on rainy days; yes the heavier the rain is, the better your chances of spotting a water related defect!

This is because damp ceilings, water stains and even leaking window frames will usually surface after a heavy downpour. Therefore, you should ensure that the walls near the windows are free from watermarks and there is no rain dripping from the window frames.

2) 4 reasons why nighttime is even better than daytime!

You might be surprised to learn that stains, scratches, rough wall and floor surfaces and patchy paintwork are actually more visible at night. In fact, you will be able to check for the reflections on the tiled walls and floors for any stains and scratches. For matte surfaces, the walls should appear smooth and the paint should be even with no obvious deviation and patchiness. Moreover, the unevenness of the floor and stray foreign materials that have embedded in the surface is more easily detectable when you place the torch on the floor and let the light beam run across the parquet.

3) Water plumbing and electrical wirings are a must

Water plumbing should not be left out during your defect inspection. Hence, you should check that all pipes are correctly installed with no signs of water leakage and corrosion. Furthermore, all electrical outlets should be properly grounded.

4) Defects could be found at the most unexpected places too!

The general guideline is to check the front, back, top, bottom and both sides of the object you are inspecting. By following this rule, you will realise that most doors are usually chipped at the bottom corner. Moreover, do keep a lookout for missing screws, hinges and silicon sealant that runs halfway. On top of these, you should remember to slightly tug all water faucets, electrical socket and switch cover to make sure that they are indeed secure and properly installed.

Finally, as promised earlier, here is a simple infographic to illustrate the areas you should start your defect inspection process and the types of defects that you should look out for.


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