Friday, February 12, 2010

New Home owners - Check faults within 24 Hours

Against this backdrop of increasing new homeowners and the fast pace at which property is being built today, many consumers are not taking the time to inspect their new homes during the crucial period of moving in - often to the detriment of their properties long term value.

Many new homeowners often do not know what is expected of them and in turn do not inspect their house correctly during this crucial window period. After making a big financial contribution towards the building process, the last thing that you want is a property that is less than perfect. To ensure that new homeowners fully empower themselves during this process, follow the following tips:

Check all sanitary ware in your new home - particularly your bathrooms. Look for scratches, chipping or discolouration on the bath. A contractor cannot reasonably be held accountable for faults arising after 24hrs of use.

Inspect all glass for cracks and scratches.

Review all floor and wall tiles. Also check splashbacks which are designed to protect walls from grease and cooking splatters, as well as liquid or water splashes from the sink area.

Ensure that the extras you have ordered have been fitted.

Check that all services are operating properly.

Use the provided keys to ensure that all locks are working and ensure that duplicates are handed to you.
Test that all windows and doors operate correctly.

Electrics should also not be ignored. Check your electrical distribution board, test the earth leakage, and distinguish between water cylinders and main electrical switches.

When it comes to the exterior and garden area, keep in mind the following:

Check to make sure that the boundaries are correctly and visibly marked – and that the garden area is clear of all debris.
Verify that all garden soil, paths and driveways adjoining the house are at least 150mm below the damp proof course, which is normally situated at floor level.

If any of the above is not satisfactory you must inform your builder in writing. You may be asked to sign a form stating that you have inspected the work and that everything is in order. This is a reasonable request given that the time to report a crack in a pane of glass, or a chip in the bath, has to be on the date of entry.
Mc Naught and Company, as specialist property attorneys and conveyancers, are able to advise you fully of your rights and obligations in purchasing a new property.

1 comment:

Conveyancing Adelaide said...

Most first time buyers are "shy" to even ask. However, like you said, they must understand that it's their right to demand a service that is up to their expectations or at least up to the agreement.

- Marie Del Mar