New Home Inspection Checklist for home buyers
 

New Home Inspection Checklist for Home Buyers

23-Apr-2020
 

A handy home inspection checklist can save you from unnecessary expenses in future and help you find a home without major defects.

In India, the concept of inspecting a home before purchasing it is often overlooked. Buying a home is a ‘dream come true’ occasion for most of us as it involves a lot of hard work, patience and money. While you are conducting walk-through visits to find that dream home, you must consider having a thorough inspection to find out possible structural defects, environmental issues, utilities, etc. Since you will be investing your hard-earned money in owning a new home, you must not take the aspect of a home inspection or property inspection lightly.

This new home inspection checklist is a must-follow for all the prospective home buyers out there.

New Home Inspection Checklist 2020

  • Check For Cracks – Interior and Exterior
  • Check For Leakages
  • Check The Plumbing
  • Check The Water Supply
  • Electrical Safety and Functionality
  • Environmental Factors
  • Avail The Services Of A Certified Home Inspector
Let’s talk a bit more about each factor to be followed in the new home inspection checklist.

Check For Cracks – Interior and Exterior

Make it a point to thoroughly inspect each wall, both interior and exterior, to see if any cracks are developing. If you find any, then it may be because of two issues – structural distress or a finishing issue. You can try to get a clear picture of how the cracks have developed. The latter issue can be fixed without much trouble and is often not a deal-breaker. But stay away, if the cracks are due to structural distress.

Check For Leakages

If you are looking at an independent villa, then leaks coming from the roof can be easily fixed. It’s not a major issue. However, if you are looking to invest in an apartment, then fixing the water seepage may be difficult. Leakage from the flat above you may seep through the walls, and over time will leave an ugly mark.

Check The Plumbing

Plumbing is one of the major factors to check before deciding on a house. Make sure that you get the details of all the aspects related to plumbing like the pipes and drainage system. Check for leaks at all the joints and shut off valves. Make it to a point to also inspect the pipe materials used for water supply. You can also check the leaks near the sink and bathrooms.

Check The Water Supply

The supply of water is another key factor that needs to be looked into. Check if the water pressure in the home you are looking to own is optimum and would serve all the needs of daily living. Usually, a few upgrades would fix the issues related to water pressure. But, if the problem lies with the water authority in the area and/or due to the geographical location of the spot, then there is nothing much you could do. So make it a point to thoroughly inspect the available water supply system.

Electrical Safety and Functionality

The electrical system is another important aspect to check while conducting a home inspection. Check whether all electrical outlets are grounded and switches are functioning. Old houses will have an electrical panel with fuses while the newer houses and villas with have circuit breakers or have both. Wiring must be in good condition to avoid any possible danger. Check the functionality of the electric meter or else you may have to face issues with payments later on. Some modern villas and apartments will have power back-up systems also.

Environmental Factors

While inspecting a house, you must pay attention to several environmental factors such as bad odours or possible pollutants from nearby factories or manufacturing plants. Some aged and unused houses will have an unpleasant odour due to mold or mildew. Also living in a place where there is high air/noise pollution will not be good for you and your family in the long run. Another important point to note is to check for a good garbage disposal system. If there is no proper waste disposal system in the residential locality, people may throw waste in nearby places which will create an unhealthy living environment. If you wish to enjoy living close to nature, you can consider buying a villa nestled in a peaceful, green neighborhood. So, always pay attention to the environmental conditions while doing a house inspection.

Avail The Services Of A Certified Home Inspector

Home inspectors are your best option to get a detailed report on the status of the house that you are looking to invest in. They have expertise in all the major areas that need to be looked into. There will an expense involved with availing the services of a certified inspector. If you are willing to overlook that, then it is the best option available as all the work will be done by them. In short, you’ll be able to get professional feedback and is hassle-free.

Nowadays more and more people are opting to buy gated villas in Kerala as these communities offer good quality homes with no major defects or complaints.

We are proud to present a range of villas in Palakkad which qualifies all the criteria mentioned in this checklist, making it easy for you to find a perfect home at an affordable price. They are easy to maintain and has better resale value than independent houses. Moreover, these villas are situated in safe and healthy residential localities and are equipped with all necessary amenities.

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