For most of us, a home purchase is one of the biggest purchase one could make in a lifetime. Unfortunately, many are unaware that your home purchase may turn into ruins and your dream home turn into a nightmare. This is because there are many home defects even in new homes.
The first thing a home owner should do when they get their keys into their condominium or dream house is to appoint a professional home defects inspector to inspect their home for defects. This is especially if you intend to do renovate your new home. Reason being, after your home renovations, the developer of your project may not take responsibility for the home defects, putting the blame on your renovation contractor for causing the home defects instead.
Also, many defects get undetected by the home owner. Over a longer period of time, these defects can cause further damages to other parts of your home and the resulting defects may cost more to rectify. This is especially if these defects are found after the 1 year defects liability period, of which the developer is not obliged to rectify. As a new home owner, the sooner you get these defects rectified, the sooner you enjoy your home with a peace of mind. Many home defects like leaking water pipes, electrical faults, if not rectified can wreak havoc to other parts of your new home, causing unnecessary inconvenience and nuisance.
Also, some defects are covered up by other building components, so they are not visible to you. You need experience, tools and other means to detect them. If they are not detected early and rectified, they will eventually affect other part of your home and your developer may not rectify them if you inform them after the 1 year DLP. Examples of such defects are hollowness in floor finishes, missing screws, fittings, etc.
Also, many home defects are not easily visible to the untrained eye, eg hairline cracks on walls, uneven wall plastering, uneven ceiling, patchy painting works, ponding in bathrooms, just to name a few. You need an expert to help you identify home defects so that you can get them rectified before they affect other parts of your home.