HOW TO CHECK CONSTRUCTION QUALITY OF THE BUILDING
Every home buyer dreams of owning a qualitative property since home buying itself is a big thing, especially in India. Thus, the prospects double-check the land, location and other necessary things before finalizing a home deal. It is common for developers to sell pre-launch, under-construction or completed flats, without any guarantee on the quality of construction. While rate, location, design, connectivity, etc., are all important aspects, construction quality is the most important factor when buying a home.
According to experts, many buyers, after taking possession of their flats, realise that the quality of construction is not up-to-the-mark and not as promised, at the time of purchase. The problems mostly pertain to leakage, sub-standard flooring, uneven plastering of walls, inferior quality of plumbing and electric wiring, and faulty alignment of doors, window frames and grills.
WHAT IS BUILDING CONSTRUCTION
In simple terms, construction is the process of constructing a building or infrastructure. Building construction is the process of adding structure to real property or construction of buildings. Residential construction practices, technologies and resources must conform to local building authority regulations and codes of practice. Materials readily available in the area generally dictate the construction materials used e.g. brick versus stone, versus timber.
IMPORTANCE OF BUILDING CONSTRUCTION
With a large number of real estate developers and builders juggling on several projects at the same time, the quality of construction is definitely on the rails. This can give sleepless nights to all the buyers. You must always ensure to buy a home which will ensure safety for your family. Some homes might look as though they are built with good quality materials, but in the later stage, there may be a lot of repair and maintenance costs to be looked for. Construction quality also portrays the resale value of your home, when you decide to sell it. When you purchase a property, it is obvious that you want to be sure of its construction quality because you end up spending almost every penny of your savings on it. It is true that in recent years, many newer and better technologies have come up, that promise quality and security as far as the sturdiness of the property is concerned, still, it is always better to have a closer look. After all, it is a matter of your life. You should never invest in a property that you suspect is made of lower-quality materials. From an investor’s perspective, the longevity of a house will help derive better rental returns as well as determine its value in the resale market. By adhering to norms that have been prescribed for sound construction quality, developers improve their reputation in the market. On the flip side, inefficient construction, which results in a violation of building codes, makes building structures susceptible to structural and safety malfunctions.
HOW TO CHECK QUALITY OF BUILDING CONSTRUCTION
Before buying a property, you must look out for some visible signs that will determine the construction quality of the project. Checking the construction quality of an apartment is an important factor before finalising the buying decision. While it is a technical aspect, there are ways to ensure that the construction of your prospective apartment is sound and secure. Field visits to the project site, talking to brokers, online research and consulting an architect are some of the ways to safeguard against any structural defects in a project. This has become crucial criteria for prospective buyers, who want to ensure that the new home will be safe to live in and not involve repair and maintenance costs. We have listed down some points which can help you check the quality of the building.
Builders check the strength of the concrete mix as the grade of concrete and concrete-sand ratio are crucial for the quality of construction. A buyer or owner can check this by driving a nail into the walls. The quality of concrete is not up to the mark if this activity is done with ease.
PAINT QUALITY & FINISHING
Buyers must look out for the quality of paint on the walls. In addition to enhancing visual appeal, good paint on the walls and wooden surfaces prolongs their life. Cheap paint, on the other hand, results in poor finishing and reduces durability. This also means that walls might need to be painted again quickly.
At the time of the field visit, it is important to observe any cracks in the building as it is a sign of a weak foundation. Even minor cracks in walls reflect upon the inferior quality of materials used for construction.
FITTINGS & FIXTURES
Kitchen and bathroom fixtures such as taps and shower should be in good working condition. Along with this, the floor of the bathroom must be even. Tiles used in the bathroom and kitchen are a good indicator of the overall quality of construction. Doors should not make a creaking noise while opening. Buyers must also keep an eye on door handles, electrical fittings and window latches.
OTHER COMMON AREAS
The building’s common areas can also help prospective buyers judge the developer’s stress on construction quality. Lifts, for example, by reputed manufacturers will have a maintenance contract and therefore checked periodically by the concerned facilities management agency. On the flip side, lifts of unfamiliar brands should raise suspicion among buyers. Hence, it is very important to assess the quality of a project before moving in, if you want your building to be structurally sound. So, whether you decide to check the quality of materials yourself or rely on a third party to make the judgement, always be sure that the house you are buying is worth the money you are spending on it. Do not neglect the quality checks of the house because, after all, you will be spending your savings on it. Check out our residential projects at Ashary Group