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As a smart home-buyer, you must be aware of effective ways to inspect the construction quality of a house that you are planning to buy.

 

With a large number of properties available in the market, one may find it difficult to find a house that meets high-quality standards. A majority of the home-buyers are not aware of ways to check the quality of construction of a house. You may come across many good looking properties available at affordable rates, but you should not make a blind purchase without verifying certain quality criteria. Staying in a poor construction house can even put your life at risk.

 

How To Check The Construction Quality Of Your Home

 

If you are planning to invest in a property or new home, we recommend you to follow this construction quality checklist:

 

1. Determine the soil type : The type of soil varies from one location to another. The first step of a home quality inspection is to check the characteristics of the ground soil on which the structure is built. The type of soil is a crucial aspect to consider as it determines the strength of the building. Some soils types will not be able to support a high-rise building. If the soil is not stable, the foundation of the building can be affected or even collapse.

 

2. Check the structural design : The basic structural design of a building is another key aspect to consider while inspecting a house. The structure which includes wall, beams, columns and roof determines the stability and strength of a building. The design should be in such a way that it ensures maximum safety and rigidity to the building.

 

3. Inspect the wall thickness : The thickness or width of the house walls must match with the measurements given in your property’s legal documents. Visit the construction site and inspect the walls physically with the help of a trusted architect. You can also check the quality by pressing against the wall or trying to insert a sharp object such as a key.

 

4. Check the plastering quality : While inspecting a home, you must check if there are any small cracks on wall plastering. This is one of the aspects that usually all home buyers tend to overlook. Some houses may have cracks in the corners or lower portion of the walls which may be hidden under a coat of paint. This aspect is especially important if you are buying an aged property.  

5.Quality check of fitting & fixtures : Home-buyers should pay attention to the minute details while inspecting the construction quality of a home. Fittings and fixtures of a new home determine the level of comfort of the residents. So while you are at the house, go around and check if all switches and electric accessories used are of good quality and ensure smooth functioning. Also check if the kitchen and bathroom fittings such as taps, shower-heads, washbasin, drainage pipes, etc are in good condition.

 

6. Assess the quality of the concrete mix : The strength of the concrete mix used in a construction determines the load-bearing capacity of a structure. Nowadays ready-mix concrete with optimum concrete-sand ratio is available in the market. Responsible builders will ensure that they use the best quality concrete mix for building homes. You can check the quality of concrete used for construction by driving a nail into the wall. If the nail gets inserted easily without any effort, then it means that the concrete quality is not up to the mark.