The excitement of getting your long awaited home can cloud your judgement on the crucial inspection aspects of the handover of a townhouse or apartment. Making sure that you point out what needs fixing straight away instead of waiting for it to get worse several months down the road is the best decision you can make to ease your handover pain. Try out this essential checklist for handover to help you keep your head during the stressful moment.
1. Check Your Keys
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Now that you have that new sets of keys in your hand, test every key on each key ring to the corresponding doors. The keys should already be labelled correctly to their function. Take a walk to the main key card areas such as parking gate, front entry gate, pool & gym to see if everything successfully ‘open sesame’.
2. Ask How It Works
With all the new smart technology incorporated in your home, make sure you have all the manuals and ask for a step by step guide on how to work the most essential parts. Don’t want to be all happy in your new home and not know how to work the fancy air con remote. Sweating on your moving day is not fun at all!
3. Check That It Works
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More checks to go! Flick all the light switches to make sure that they work. Turn on all the taps, shower and hoses to see if it works and let it run for a few minutes to fill up the sink/tub/shower floor so that you can investigate for any leaks and that it drains properly. Also check that the hot and cold water runs from the correctly labelled tap. Most importantly, the toilets should flush…well!
4. Warranties & Guarantees
Make sure you have all the relevant warranties and guarantees. Take a breather for a few seconds to go through them one by one. Prepare beforehand a list of what types and models you requested so that you can check that you received the right appliances. Ask for a list of numbers to contact in case warranty works is required.
5. Externals & Internals
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Walk along your walls, doors and cupboards while running your fingers up and down to check for any dents and holes that need repairing. Make sure your fingers are clean! No one likes finger smudges on the walls and doors. While you are at it, open all the doors and windows to check for squeeks or misalignments and that it opens smoothly. Tag the cracks and parts that have been missed out using the method below.
6. Mark The Defects
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Bring along a marker pen and some masking tape to tag the problem areas that needs work done. This helps your records in the photos and also pinpoint it for the construction crew. Put on a larger portion of the tape so you can number it as per your Defects Rectification list and also add a few notes on what needs to be done. Being persistent and precise helps out loads.
7. Everything In Writing & Photos, Photos, Photos
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All defects need to be recorded in writing and ideally accompanied with loads of photos. Be precise when writing down the description of defects on the Defect Rectification Form and make sure you note down which photos accompanies the corresponding defect. Don’t confuse yourself with the many photos so focus on one area at a time and take a main overall picture of that area to remind yourself. Sadly, “design fault” is not considered as a defect meaning if your plans said the sink is next to your toilet bowl and didn’t realize beforehand, it sadly can’t be changed.
Download this more detailed version of the checklist from ZipMatch to bring along for the handover. Don’t forget to also check out the new Defect Liability Period (DLP) precedures as found on Property Guru. And if all this is too much for you, hire a professional to help inspect and report on your behalf. All you need to think about is how to get your favourite things into your new room!