What to do: A Home Inspection Checklist
Most real estate marketing collaterals will tell that a condo Alabang, for instance, is ‘ready for occupancy.’ Not that you cannot trust the developers behind the residential building, it is just that you have to be 100% sure to guide your expectations. What better way to be than conduct a home inspection?
A home-buyer has the responsibility to check the place to determine whether the property is properly constructed or not. Newly-developed condominium buildings are not an exemption, you still need to inspect the unit that you want to live in. You cannot know for sure if the unit is really ready for occupancy.
Being attentive and cautious of the things that might jeopardize your safety can help you avoid accidents that may occur due to a poor construction of the entire building and each unit. It is better for you to inspect so you would have peace of mind while living in the condo.
If you are not sure how safe and ready your unit is then, you, or together with an expert, can inspect the condo unit. Here are some important factors you need to include in your home inspection checklist.
Walls that are full of cracks and holes and even unevenness are the signs of a poor construction of the place. Even a small crack on your wall can create a big damage when an earthquake occurs. Your wall will not be as durable as it should be to withstand even a little shaking.
Not just the cracks and holes, but the unevenness can gradually make the wall weak. This may lead to an eventual collapse when not immediately addressed.
Walls are important in our dwellings as they create a division between the place. Walls are like a fortress. That is why, it is also important for you to take a closer look at them to check that they are in optimal condition.
Generally, if you live in a condo unit, you will only have a ceiling. This, too, should be inspected. You need to know that the ceiling is durable enough to hold the weight of the floor above it. There shouldn’t be any crack, hole or falling debris.
Poor construction of the ceiling may lead the dwellers to avoidable accidents. Thus, you should not skip the ceiling when it comes to inspecting the unit.
Since you are living in floors, it is easy to disregard the elevation of the condo unit as this may not be a major problem. However, you need to inspect the elevation of the condo building instead. Check the surroundings of the building. Where is the building located exactly? How is it situated on the ground? Elevated or not?
Definitely, a good location of a condo is where it is not easily flooded when it rains. Also, the building should have an efficient drainage system.
Don’t overlook these aspects because they don’t directly concern your unit. The thing is, it will be to your disadvantage since you are living in the same building. You will encounter the same problems regardless of which floor you live.
As a condo owner, we need nothing more than our safety and the safety of our family. We should prioritize safety and security by determining how the condo association approaches such important matter. Aside from the common security features including the security personnel that roam around the building, is it possible to install your own locks and other security devices to detect intruders?
Perhaps, this is the most important aspect of inspecting your condo unit, that is, after choosing the right location. Never skip the process of checking the safety features of not just your unit, but also the common areas for your protection, as well as that of your neighbors and guests. We need to be alert and cautious at all times.
Faulty electrical wiring is one of the most common causes of fire accidents. Others are open wires and short circuits, both of which are also capable of causing a massive fire.
If you have kids living with you, you have to make sure the electrical wires are out of their reach. If you have outlets in your house, keep it hidden where kids cannot easily touch and play with it. You have to properly hide the wires by lining it on the corner of your walls so it will not be messy to look at.
Of course, we all want to avoid this type of accidents, so we also need to thoroughly inspect the electrical system building leading to your unit.
Even if you are living in a flood-free zone, flooding may occur on your unit literally! Inspecting your kitchen and bathroom pipes as well as other areas in the unit that make use of pipes is also critical. Check if there are any leaks that may cause clogging or improper water flow. Unstable water flow may signal that debris are stuck inside the pipes. This need immediate fixing.
Another thing, a complete inspection of the pipes is one way of keeping your unit sanitary. Clean pipes mean clean water to use.
Proper airflow needs to be inspected, too. You definitely don’t want to live in a unit where there is no enough air that can penetrate through. Check the windows to make sure that there is enough air that can get inside the unit so you won’t feel suffocated.
Good ventilation is essential. If there is something lacking or wrong the way the condo building installs the windows, for instance, make suggestions to improve the ventilation in it.
Proper ventilation systems should be installed in the kitchen and bathroom as well as other rooms that need to have ventilation. Otherwise, you need to put up with a smelly unit for the rest of your life, which, of course, is something that you don’t want.
These are just of the important elements in a house inspection checklist, but these are, by far, the most important. Again, if you are not confident enough to conduct an inspection, hire an expert to do it for you.