What Makes Home Inspection An Essential Part Of Living?

Home is not just brick and mortar. It is where our soul finds peace. It is the place which makes us happy, secured and comfortable in a world of billion people. But as we grow and change the bits and pieces of our life we often tend to ignore things that ensure the longevity of this abode of peace. We are either busy mending its exterior or beautifying its interior. We simply do not look deeper. Majority of the people in India are not familiar with the idea of the home inspection. Ask your neighbour Malhotra Ji, he will tell you about everything from buying a property to getting the best electrician in the area. But ‘home inspection?’ – Well, you can almost visualize the clueless expression on his face.

Inspection of the home is a service area that needs to be explored in our country for better living, prosperity and growth. Even if people are aware of the theoretical part of the home inspection they have hardly travelled the road in reality. This article will help you to gain insight into home inspection and push you towards a path you will never regret.

What is a home inspection?

Professional home inspection is a process through which condition of your home or property is examined thoroughly by certified home inspectors. All accessible areas of your home, for example, wall, ceiling, floor, doors, windows, plumbing & electrical systems and alike are examined to identify the existing or possible issues /damages and give long term solutions.

In simple terms, home inspection means the Health and safety Check Up of your Home or Property. To understand its area, elements, coverage, 3D of issues; read So What exactly is Home Inspection?

What is the significance of home inspection?

Most common problems in Indian homes are damp, leakages, excess amount of moisture as also electrical accidents, fire and safety hazards. Damp is a major cause of worry, as the reason being that India has a humid climate which affects a property be it old or new. Besides, faults or issues in the building also tend to become problematic with years. Hence, it is essential to have the right kind of technology that keeps you ahead in your home game. Here is why a home inspection is a boon in your life.

Saves your property and family

Inspection is a great way to become aware of the areas of the house that can act as a hazard or create problems in the future and also suggest solution for it. Let us give you examples – There is a negligible crack in the wall near your window. You notice it, ignore it for some time or plan to postpone it till the next painting session. What follows next? – A damp patch, an obvious sign of seepage, and swelling of the wall paint. Worse happens when dots of fungi start appearing on the damp patch.

Now let’s talk health.

Don’t we really know that germs flourish in damp conditions? Dampness on the wall not only spoil the look of your home but impacts the health of your family too. But we are happy to take anti-allergic pills and use inhalers regularly thinking there is no choice. Why not take a definitive step now and get to the root of the problem with the help of home inspection.

Find salient and hidden defects of the home

No home is perfect. Your home can also be the safe haven of one or many hidden defects. As you already know that every house has seven basic elements (walls, ceiling, floor, doors, windows, plumbing and electrical). These elements can conceal issues which can create serious threat in the proper functioning and safety of your home. So protect your home from masked hazards.

Save you from future repair and maintenance costs

With the help of home inspection,you will get aware of issues and solution. Getting issues rectified on time can save you from further associated problems.

Issues pointed out by the home inspector should be considered because something as small as a leaking pipe could turn into a bigger problem later.It is better to fix a problem when it is small than to wait and let it become a bigger problem.Repair and maintenance costs go up all the time. Also add to that the cost of material also keeps increasing all the time. Last but not the least, the amount of inconvenience caused by a repair work is also a factor.

Hence, in long run it will save future repair & maintenance cost as well as give you a peace of mind.

Makes life better

When our house is falling apart or when we don’t feel comfortable in it, the standard and the spirit of living a good life evaporates. Our surrounding acts as a promoter of a healthy mind. A home inspection is one such initiative that opens doors of possibilities and allows us to fix the errors and have a better home along with life.

Keeps accidents at bay

Accidents are unpredictable events. But what about getting the opportunity of identifying areas that can cause an accident? Wouldn’t you like to take serious actions and extinguish the possibility of an accident? If it’s yes then home inspection is what you need right now.

Basically, Home inspection detects the unsafe areas of home. Safety is one of the key aspects that a home inspector focuses on during an inspection. It is the need of the hour to have a safer home.

So, only a homeowner needs a home inspection, right?

Wrong. You need a home inspection if you are a home or property buyer, home seller, interior designer, real estate developer or real estate consultant or are in any relatable profession. A home inspection can be beneficial for you in a number of ways. Even your office / shop / school / showroom, etc needs a thorough property inspection.

What is the process of a home inspection?

A home inspection is not only about home inspectors arriving at your door checking the house and walking out. It is a procedure that is followed step by step by trained professionals. Let us understand it very briefly.

It can be best explained in 4 phrases:

  • Areas: All the areas of your home e.g., bedroom, bathroom, living area, dining area, kitchen, balcony, loft, terrace, servant quarter, etc are inspected.
  • Elements: All the 7 elements (wall, ceiling, floor, door, window, plumbing, electrical) of each area as all any additional element is checked.
  • What is Inspected? The condition of the house and other important details is looked into. These include types of materials used, finishing& installation, operation & functionality.Last but not the least, safety aspects are also reviewed.
  • 3D of Issues: The process of inspection results in:
    • Detection of the issues / problems
    • Describing the issues.
    • Directing the solution to each issue / problem.

The working procedure of the inspectors may vary from the company to company and their policies but the central idea of creating a safe and secured shelter remains the same.

Watch the video to get a clearer idea:

Now, that you know about home inspection and its numerous benefits, it will be easier for you to formulate better decisions when it comes to your space. Always remember time, choices and decision matters. So watch your steps and support constructive and comprehensive approaches that will help you to keep your home healthy and safe.

Why Inspection in Schools is a Must?

Learning from tragedy

Remember the massive blaze that broke out at a coaching centre in Surat one year ago? The incident1 claimed lives of nearly 20 students. Disturbing visuals that went viral across the internet showed some students jumping off the multi-storey building of the institute in a desperate attempt to escape the fire. Investigations that followed revealed that the building lacked the statutory permission including those related to fire safety.

“There was no escape route available for the students who got trapped on the top floors,” said a fire official. Neither any safety equipment was reportedly installed in the building.

This was not a one-off incident. An audit of the Kota fire safety department2 that was conducted soon after the Surat tragedy found that as many as 90% of buildings of coaching institutes and hostels across the city, barring a few big ones, did not have adequate fire safety arrangements. Fire incidents were not uncommon in these hostels.

Now, imagine what would be the consequences of such incidents if they happened in a school. The sheer thought of it sends chills down the spine – isn’t it? With small children all around, the schools are supposed to be the safest place on earth.

Therefore it is an appropriate time to place more importance on the health & safety issue of educational institutes of our country and make inspection a compulsory and regular affair in schools.

Key Inspection-worthy Areas in a School

From school gate to the classrooms, from staircase to the bathrooms – each and every accessible area in a school needs to be inspected at regular intervals.

1. Main gate
The most important part of an educational building – the gate is a symbol of many things, many emotions. It is the entryway to the world of knowledge and character-building. From the security point of view, it is the gate that restricts the access to unauthorized individuals and helps maintain internal discipline. Therefore, it must be strong enough and conform to the guidelines set by the National School Safety Council for prevention of any external and internal threat.

Inspection in a school checks for the following aspects of the main gate:

  • The material it is made of and hence, the strength to withstand environmental challenges
  • The strength to safeguard the school children and staff against any undesired mob
  • The locking system and if that is child-proof
  • The hinges and the wheels (if any)

2. Staircases
The steps should not be too steep but wide enough to enable students to stand properly when in a queue. The handrails should be strong and continuous, with rounded edges. The railings of the staircase should not be too widely spaced as small children may weld their heads between them by mistake and get stuck or fall off accidentally through them while running up and down.

3. Walls – Interior & Exterior
“A school is a building that has four walls… with tomorrow inside.” – So, you know how important it is to have walls that are strong, clean, and hygienic?

A school authority must be careful about maintaining them right from the completion of construction. The exterior paint must have weather coat to withstand environmental stresses. The interior wall paint should ideally be dust-resistant and environmental friendly. Any crack on the wall must come under the scanner because you never know if it is a normal one that has happened due to settling of the structure on the foundation or something to worry about. There are many causes behind cracks and only trained professionals can identify them and suggest action. Whatever be the reason, cracks, if left unattended, may lead to seepage in the long term or accumulation of dirt and microorganisms.

Another sign of bad health of walls is the presence of watermarks or damp on it. Flaky paint is also a common symptom. Again, there can be multiple reasons behind damp. Only a professional inspection service can pinpoint the exact reason. School authorities must look into that reason and act on it with a sense of urgency.

Dampness makes wall structure weak from within and triggers growth of microorganisms thereby leading to the deterioration of internal air quality. Damp leads to unhealthy conditions and threats of disease.

4. Ceilings
The condition of the ceiling in every floor in a school building is as important as the walls. On rare occasion, it may sag due to panels loosening or pulling away of the plaster coats. There can be other structural problems like overloading of a ceiling joint. Or, it could be something more common such as a leak which is causing fast deterioration. Any problem in the ceiling if not addressed in time may lead to a major accident. Plus, damp has its own bad effects on health too. So, inspection must be carried out occasionally, especially before & after monsoon, to check for any issues that may later become a cause of concern.

Roof, though not kept accessible for the students, must also be checked during inspection for any cracks, waterproofing related problem, etc.

5. Floor
Floor, apparently a safe part of a building, can become a major cause of accident in school. The authority must remain careful about its slipperiness. It should be mopped and cleaned daily. Also, the right level of friction must be maintained to do away with any slips, trips, and falls. Hollow or broken tiles if any should be located and repaired or replaced depending upon the defect.

6. Doors and Windows
Strong, well-fitted doors and windows are a bare minimum thing in a school building. They must open and close properly, make no unusual noise, and should not let in rainwater or wind (windows) when closed due to sealant deterioration or improper installation. Locking system of the doors should be differently chosen. On classroom doors, the latches should be at a particular height, beyond the reach of the small children. In case of bathrooms, the doors must have an easy locking system so that no student can accidentally lock himself/ herself up.

7. Plumbing
The five major parts of a school’s plumbing are: Water Storage, Water Supply, Fixtures (in bathrooms, pantry, drinking water bay, canteen, etc.), Sewage, and Septic System. All these five parts should be maintained properly. Even the minutest of leakage or clog can lead to a major disruption. But the challenge with plumbing maintenance is most of the problems arise in places that are out of sight – under the floor, behind the walls, below the tank, etc. So, they are difficult to detect until they start to manifest somewhere else. Only trained inspectors who are equipped with advanced technology tools can track them and suggest the right solution.

8. Overall electrical safety
The electrical system of a school can be compared to the body’s nervous system with the panel box acting as the brain and power lines acting as nerves branching out from it and running throughout the building. There are other parts as well such as fuses or circuit breakers, switches, regulators, and so on. A problem in any part of this extensive system can either lead to a major power failure or a fire incident. Possibilities of shocks can also not be ruled out. So, it is crucial to keep the entire electrical system under check and in proper condition 24X7.

9. Fire safety
Although not a structural issue, an inspection service in school would cover this as it is integral to the safety of the school children and staff. The important fire safety measures that should be taken by the school are:

  • Adequate number of fire extinguishers installed at strategic areas
  • More than one emergency exits
  • Map evacuation routes
  • Access to alarms
  • Access to the terrace or balcony at the time of a fire outbreak
  • Regular practising of fire drills

10. Other structures and passages
A school building has other areas and different supporting structures such as shades, columns, and stage, etc. Small passages are also there to facilitate easy movement and connectivity. All these structures and passages must be checked at regular intervals for any cracks, damp, and other related damage issues and repaired immediately.

School maintenance is an organizational activity that is carried out by the authority. To make it more effective, property inspection must be made a regular programme. It will not only enhance the health, safety and security of the premises but will also improve the overall delivery of education to a significant extent.

Why Home Inspection Cannot be Guaranteed?

Your kid falls sick (stomach-ache and fever). You take her to the doctor. The doctor prescribes medicines and assures her speedy recovery and staying fit in the forthcoming days only if certain do’s and don’ts are followed to the tee. You come back home hoping that your kid will be fine and she does recover in an expected manner. But some days later, she again falls sick and you discover it was all because of her unhygienic practice of eating lunch without washing her hands, particularly in school. So, the point is, do you get angry at your doctor that she couldn’t guarantee a disease-free, painless future for your child? No. Right? The same thing applies to a service as evidence-based as home inspection.

The team of professionals visiting your home will check each & every corner of it. Based on the current condition of the property and their understanding of the subject will provide you with a detailed report. It may be so they find your home having little or no issues at all. The report may not indicate at any immediate danger also. But will that guarantee a problem-free future for your home? The answer is ‘No’. You may still have problems arising in your home in coming future. That will not make the inspection you had recently any less effective or a failed one.

Following are the reasons why a property inspection is not guaranteed:

1. Natural calamities

Who on earth can predict an earthquake? Scientists all around the world are putting their best efforts into developing a system that can forecast an earthquake, but they are yet to build one. Imagine such a destructive phenomenon hitting your city soon after you have done an inspection of your home. You will be lucky if your home manages to stand upright, unaffected from the tremor but can you really guarantee for its zero damage? Cracks on the wall near the foundation are common in buildings where Richter scale readings are higher during an earthquake. And these can never be predicted in a home inspection.

Leave earthquake, even a ravaging storm can lash your town causing damages of small to big magnitude. Your glass windows can break; a big tree standing right next to your house can get uprooted and crash on your boundary wall causing it to come down; your balcony shade can blow away, and so on and so forth. Worse? After a heavy shower, the exterior paint1 of your house can become dull!

You cannot expect your home inspection report to predict all these things ever. The precaution it can suggest you is to repair an old part of the building or to replace a weak part with a strong one. You follow them and leave the rest of it to Nature God.

2. A Sudden renovation

Human taste gets upgraded with time. Trends tend to influence it in a big way. And what is a better place than one’s own home to manifest it! Yes, you got it right. We are talking about home renovation which is totally need-based (or home remodelling preference-based). In both the cases, you bring about major changes in your home and while doing so you may go wrong with some parts or processes. For example, you decide to replace the old tiles of your home with new, trendy ones. As your tile installer pulls the old tiles out, the waterproofing layer gets damaged accidentally.

Or, say, you gift yourself a new home theatre system for which you need to do an elaborate wall-mounting job. If something goes wrong during installation the concealed electrical wiring system of your house can get damaged. The same thing can happen during the installation of new bathroom fittings; there, you even run the risk of damaging your water pipeline. Result? – Seepage in the wall.

3. Repair work in the upper floor or adjacent flat

You get your flat inspected. And it passes the inspection with flying colours. The technicians do not indicate at any major problem looming large on your property. You are happy that your dream abode is healthy and then, all of a sudden, you start hearing a heavy sound with that intermittent shrill noise of drilling machine. To your utter surprise, you come to know that your upper floor neighbour has undertaken a renovation job! What do you? Nothing! – Because it is their flat and you really do not have any say in how they plan its repairs. But does that repair work affects your unit? Yes, it may. Any elaborate flooring repair can give rise to seepage like problems (that never existed before) in the ceiling of the lower floor.

The chance of such problematic, unexpected guests invading your home increases if the repair jobs are carried out in your adjacent flat. An unskillful drilling or plumbing repair there can make your home susceptible to cracks and seepage also. No home inspection service can warn you about such problems from before. The best way to avoid damage in these cases is going to your neighbour and requesting them to be careful about their repairing process.

4. Real-time basis and Lack of maintenance

Inspection is essentially a real-time procedure. A property is inspected at a given time under a given weather condition. This can vary after a certain time as the weather changes. Accordingly, observations made may also get changed.

One more important factor is maintenance. If you do not maintain your home properly or do not do the repair jobs as suggested by your inspection report it will not last long. Thereafter, problems will arise with every passing day, wrong usage, varying time and changing weather conditions.

5. Security breach

A professional home inspection checks for basic security issues in a home but to what level your property needs security depends on the premises and the locality where you live. For some houses, having a strong main door with an eyehole and proper locking system may be enough. For other properties, even having a CCTV at the main entrance may not be adequate. There might be a need for multiple CCTVs in every floor and sensors attached to the doors.

Times are changing. So, you better take top-level measures for your home because an inspection can never guarantee you zero breach of security.

Home inspection is a non-invasive and visual process. The professionals report what they see and what they understand from the current condition of the areas and elements. Moreover, the scope of the study is so big and they have to take so many factors – internal as well as external, into account and as well as it is real time based. Hence it is not possible to guarantee the soundness of everything over a long term. So, does that make inspection any less necessary? Well, yes, if you think seeing a doctor for the same disease within a short interval is illogical! Look at the bigger picture and you know why inspection is the best thing you can do for your home. For more information, write to info@macj.in.

Your Home Deserves the Best – Trust the Pioneer

When can you tell – “We are doing a great job!” It is only when you have satisfied customers, the biggest stakeholders of your dream venture, reaching out to you with their valuable feedbacks. The same thing applies to us. In the sunrise industry Home Inspection, we have been catering to a wide cross-section of urban Indian customers – both residential as well as commercial. Time and again they have come out with their constructive feedback. This has been a great motivation! Here we present you with some of the testimonials as given to us by our valued clients:

“The experience with MACJ has been fantastic” – Satyen Sanghvi, Director, Merlin Group

Satyen Sanghvi, the Director of Merlin Group, Kolkata is nothing short of elated to call MACJ “an extended team of Merlin” and showers praise on the technical, marketing and of course the inspection team. Despite Merlin having its own experts, it chose MACJ for three residential projects. The experience has been mutually beneficial. Listen to what he has to say about our services.

What more could we ask for!

Our scope is vast and expertise – unmatched

Seepage and damp problems and other multiple issues were already there when Ashish Kaushik chose his flat. Assurance from builder could not really assure him enough. So, he turned to MACJ and was bowled over by the prompt and detailed service. Each and every part of his property was scanned, problems and their source detected and solutions given.

Priyanka Jalan, a homemaker elucidates the importance of MACJ services before, after and during making of the house. “No corner is left unattended” – is what she is particularly satisfied about.

Neha Singh, another homemaker from Kolkata makes it clear that damp problems are common here and it is not always possible to take care of them personally. The unique idea of home inspection clicked with her and now she recommends MACJ to everyone.

MayurTebrewal particularly emphasises on inspection by MACJ before and during renovation of buildings and expresses his satisfaction as to how we took care of damp issues and developed a successful alliance.

Usha Tibrewal echoed his views. She was all praise for MACJ’s inspection services. Even after doing all the necessary steps, experts failed to explain Usha Tebrewal why her home was having damp and other leakage issues. We visited her house, scanned the walls and recommended solutions – specific solutions for each damp type. Extremely happy with the outcome, she expressed her satisfaction.

Our damp detection is second to none

There is this office building which was suffering from a ‘mysterious’ seepage problem with non-identifiable source. We took up the challenge of solving the mystery. Our experienced team of inspectors visited the place, conducted an in-depth inspection, and solved it with minimum fuss and cost but maximum technology and knowledge. Result: An elated customer and a satisfied us.

Promptness and our eye for detail won hearts

Detailed scanning, prompt analysis, and adhering to the time schedule are the qualities that impressed Ashok Sen from Narendrapur, West Bengal the most. We conducted a damp/ seepage inspection at his home and he found the suggestions we provided to him very effective.

We also identified the water and moisture seepage areas for Arun Kedia at his home which was completely unexpected to him. The detailed and furnished reports along with the thermal images were really helpful for him. His satisfaction now makes us his recommended choice for anyone planning to build or buy a house or office spaces alike.

You own an old property? We have a home inspection solution for you

That we are not only the inspectors of new or under-construction houses or flats can be confirmed from Dr. Susmita Dasgupta. We got the opportunity to perform inspection of her 60-year-old ancestral house in Kolkata. She found our procedure systematic and our competence level high enough to cast a long-lasting impression on every customer’s mind.

Big housing or single building – MACJ has a solution for all

Debjani Mukherjee is herself involved in real estate business and is the Senior VP of the Urbana Residential Project in Kolkata. Our involvement in inspecting about 250 apartments in the project has made her journey a successful one, she mentions. A good team work has certainly contributed to it. Click here and listen to what she has to say.

Identifying critical issues and giving practical suggestions worked for Naveen Saraff, of Career Launcher, Kolkata. So much delighted he was that he considered the report as the “Bible for your flat.” Strong recommendation for MACJ comes from him for all new and existing flat owners.

Being settled in Netherlands, Kunal Gupta found MACJ services to be a boon before he took possession of his Pune flat. Rectification of faults as mentioned in the report put all his worries off and made him come back to his dream home.

And this is not the end! We at MACJ continue to stay motivated and keep value-adding to our portfolio, will keep customer satisfaction on priority. To know further about our services and talk to our experts, write to info@macj.in or can visit our website. If you wanted to read or see what our others customers has to say, click here.

But before we sign off, let’s leave you with a video. Listen to what our happy customers are saying about our services:

How Home Inspection Can Improve Your Property Value?

Who doesn’t dream to own a home? In India, around 69% households in urban areas are found to be living in owned houses. In rural areas, this percentage is 95%. On an average, around 86% of households live in owned houses. A humble, two-storied house, a large bungalow, or a 2BHK flat in a housing society – they may vary in shapes and sizes. But, owning a home is largely common in Indian society.

In a lifetime, no purchase is as important and as big as buying a home. Buyers are exceptionally cautious about spending their hard-earned money as a huge amount of financial transaction is involved here. It is not enough if the house is only beautiful. A property with the facility of “ready-to-move-in” is mostly preferred. Options that involve less investment of money, time and effort top the list of preferences. Buyers need assurance that the house of their choice is in good shape. They do not want their investment to go into something that would need a repair here, a brush-up there every alternate day. If as a seller or developer you can give such an assurance then, automatically your credibility increases and you can quote a higher price for your property. A home inspection is just what you would need.

Before we explain to you the positive effect of home inspection on property value, here is what the service is all about – What is Home Inspection? Learn the Basics of It..

Benefits of a pre-sale home inspection

For a Homeowner/ Seller

1. Identify the repair needs before selling. Result – A more alluring property
It is very much true in real estate that the first impression makes the last impression. To make sure that your house is at the top of the priority list of your buyers, you have to make it “the best” in the market. A beautiful house is definitely enough to attract attention. But, it needs to be in perfect condition as well. How can you ensure that without inspecting it in the first place?

Getting a third party perspective, in this case, proves to be even more helpful because, after all, it was your home; you are unlikely to see any real defect in it. Professional home inspectors can identify the underlying problems with your home and also make out its potential in an unbiased manner. Additionally, attending the problems would add to the aesthetics which further enhances its appeal to the buyers.

A home inspection is likely to find out some common issues you might be experiencing the outcome of. Plumbing and fixture problems, electricity issues, problems of walls, floor, and roof, damage due to moisture intrusion, leakage in the roof, etc are common outcomes you get to know about after a successful home inspection. You would think – “but these are costly to repair!” You are right. But then, why would anyone want to buy a property with so many issues at a high cost? Automatically, the perceived value of your property gets lowered.

A home inspection gives you the scope to attend the problems and mend them in a time before you put your house up for sale.

With the tendency of buyers to incline more and more towards choosing “ready to move-in” properties, it is less likely they will care even a tad bit about repairing before moving in. So, if you leave the issues unattended, the number of potential buyers will automatically become less. Once you repair them, the aesthetics and ‘liveability’ quotient of your house increase manifold and you get more buyers.

Now as a seller, you may not have the required amount of time to attend all the issues the home inspection points out. No worries. Try fixing as many issues as you can. Fix the electrical problems, mend the leaky pipes, treat the roof, ceilings and walls for dampness, and replace the locks of doors and windows. These will improve your property condition a lot and deliver a feeling to the buyer that you do care about your house. Quick and easy selling with high selling price guaranteed.

2. Lesser chances of price negotiations. Quicker and smoother selling process
You will be amazed at the issues home inspection will point out to you, many of them you were completely in the dark about. You can attend them once you get the report within a few days.

If you leave it upon the buyers to call for home inspection, be prepared for 3 consequences, any of which would follow. The buyer might fix the issues, negotiations for lower selling price will come up or no deal will take place.

Pre-sales home inspection will eliminate any surprise elements for the buyers. You, the seller, know them beforehand. You can either fix them at your cost or disclose them to prospective buyers and reduce the selling price. But don’t make the mistake of hiding them, as truth will be revealed eventually.

Early disclosure of the problems would eliminate buyers’ suspicion. Price concession negotiations will not come up either. Altogether, you will have more selling power to you and the entire process will become faster.

3. Pre-listing home inspection helps generate more number of genuine leads
To list your house on property listing websites and marketplaces1, you need to log in as an ‘owner’, ‘agent’, or ‘builder’. After that, you have to fill up the online form there with complete details of the property and post its pictures. Upon verification, your listing is made visible to your prospective buyers.

Only a good property listing – complete with all the information and pictures showing various parts of the house helps you draw more eyeballs. So, to make your property picture-perfect, you must get a thorough home inspection done and clean and repair everything that looks shabby and damaged in it.

In a nutshell, if you are a seller, try to consider everything from a home buyer’s perspective. See with a buyer’s eyes and you will know the true value of your property.

To give you a clearer idea, here are our 5 reasons to get a home inspection before listing your property for sale.

For a Developer

1. Improved trustworthiness & better business
How often have you heard marketers saying “Don’t sell a product, sell trust?” In today’s scenario, this is the ultimate truth, especially in real estate. A developer or realtor who promises a home inspection before handover and gets that heard through proper channels and promotion earns additional points. His credibility increases manifold and he can set a higher price for the property he is intending to sell.

Buyers too feel safer to enter into deals with real estate brands that promise them better service and take care of their interest. Business growth and stronger customer relationships are a natural outcome.

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2. Home inspection and property value: How is a buyer benefitted?
Today’s home buyers are much aware and cautious about what they are buying. They bank on information and genuine reviews before making an investment decision. So, when a seller or developer gives them the assurance of a pre-sale home inspection, they feel safe about that deal. Because, home inspection for a buyer comes with a bunch of advantages:

  • It gives buyers a protection against the unknown hazards
  • A timely inspection and rectification of issues save their money and valuable time
  • Safeguards them with RERA2
  • Gives them health and safety assurance against moisture, damp, and electrical issues
  • Allows them to forecast future repair/ replacement costs
  • Educates them about prolonging the life of their property

Above everything else, a home inspection gives buyers peace of mind that comes from knowing the fact that the home they are buying has a solid foundation. It is not just a construction that looks good from outside. Its health has been checked and ‘Okayed’ by a team of experts. This very thought helps to increase the perceived value of the property in the buyer’s mind and the deal reaches its completion smoothly.

Hence, the property value is definitely increased by home inspection. If you are planning a buy a new home or planning to put your home up for sale, do make sure you opt for the service or else you will get to face unwanted issues, a complete ‘un’-match for your dream abode. Call for it now and schedule a home inspection.

Office Inspection: For a Safer Workplace and Happier Team

Almost on every weekend you spend time fixing something or the other in your home, right? You make it safer, more secure, eliminate any chance of damp – in simpler words, you strive to make your home more ‘liveable.’ But have you ever wondered the same issues may also be present in commercial spaces as well? If work is worship for you, your office must be your temple. Unfortunately, we do not pay the same attention to the health of the building where we spend almost 9 hours daily, working, and completely skip office inspection – well, almost, in most cases! It is high time we became aware of the attention commercial properties need. It will cumulatively make our life in and outside our home much safer and beautiful.

Quite similar to home inspection, office inspection also covers a wide range of services. To get an idea of what all comes under the umbrella of this so-called ‘inspection,’ read this article on Diversity of Home Inspection.

Major services under office inspection

Maintaining health and safety at the workplace is of utmost importance. Hazards can take place due to plumbing issues, electrical issues, and leakage or damp problems. All of them need individual attention when it comes to inspection. In fact, none of these issues can be left for them to arise in the future. The concerned authority must be proactive about checking every facility at regular intervals so that the chances of faults and failures can be reduced and any downtime due to them can be avoided.

Following are the major service categories that ensure complete safety of an office building:

1. All-over inspection

Professional property inspectors conduct a non-invasive, visual examination of all the accessible areas of an office complex using modern technology and specialized tools and look for issues that require immediate but long term resolution. They even help to identify areas that may become problematic in the long run. After inspection, they generate software-driven reports (with relevant images) mentioning issues observed and deemed critical. Some of the major areas that come under the scanner include:

  • Exterior walls
    • Are there any cracks, efflorescence, or plants growing on the walls?
    • If the paint condition is good or not.
  • Basement/ driveways: Water stagnation, peripheral drainage blockage, etc.
  • Floor
    • Slope
    • Tiles – hollow tiles, joints grouting, dampness, slip resistance, etc.
  • Stairways: Condition of the handrails, height of the risers, slip resistance of the steps, lighting, etc.
  • Ladders, ramps, and guardrails
  • Roof: Covered or not, slope, drainage system, stagnant water, cracks, seepage problem, etc.
  • Plumbing system: The overall condition of the external as well as concealed piping system, leakage or blockage in the pipes, piping material, etc. Also Leakage or loose fittings in any component of the washrooms, tank, blockage in the basins, the functionality of the showers, etc.
  • Overall sanitation of the washrooms and pantry
  • Doors and windows
    • Locks and latches – Crucial for ensuring security
    • Sliding/ swinging door operability
    • Door and window frames – if there are any gaps in between them – pathways to water seepage
    • Proper opening and closure
  • Interior walls
    • Cracks
    • Paint condition – popping paint or other paint deterioration
    • Dampness/ seepage
    • Wall tiles
    • Wallpaper condition
  • Ceiling: Watery patches due to excessive condensation or leakage, paint condition, etc.
  • Electrical system: Concealed wiring, switches, plugging points, lights, and machines and appliances, safety issues, etc. Checking all these things come under electrical inspection which is further explained below.
  • Fire handling equipment
  • Furniture, material storage, and other equipment

An exhaustive list – isn’t it? Inspecting all these for issues, small or big, is crucial for maintaining basic working conditions in an office. Faults in any of these systems may otherwise lead to unexpected downtime and loss in productivity.

2. Damp Assessment and Inspection

Damp can deteriorate a complete building – be it the private property or commercial space. This can be a result of faulty roofing, low-quality building materials, lack of proper ventilation or plumbing issues. Leaky pipes and fixtures are also responsible for dampness. With a proper damp assessment and inspection, you will save not only the office building but also the occupants. Damp assessment will list down the issues found in the building and inspection will reveal the sources – all with the help of advanced thermal imaging technology & tools that the inspection professionals carry with them.

Damp issues if ignored can severely affect the health of the workers as well as the building. How? Read Moisture / Damp / Seepage – The Invisible Silent Killer: Unsuspecting Criminal.

3. Electrical Inspection

Imagine a day at work when suddenly the lights went out and the computer monitors in front of the employees went blank. Reason? Short circuit, maybe. Of course, you can always call an electrician and mend the wires after it happens. But what about the loss of money and time and data when an electrical problem makes its way in?

Imagine electrical issues of a more serious nature. A short circuit can be as big as a fire break-out also and you know the consequences of it, right? To avoid any such untoward phenomenon that may also cause casualties, you must invest in a timely electrical inspection for it is a preventive maintenance function that reduces labour and material cost while reducing the amount of reactivity to failures.

To learn more about the differences between preventive and predictive maintenance, click here1.

4. Checking fire safety

As already mentioned, a thorough inspection of the office building will invariably cover the aspect of fire safety. An office building is a commercial hub where many individuals come and work for long hours on a daily basis. So, there can be numerous risks of fire – some due to wrong habits like smoking in an enclosed area other than the designated zone, using ovens with LPG cylinder for cooking inside the canteen, and others due to electrical hazards.

In India, the National Building Code (NBC) published by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is the basic model code for building construction and fire safety2. For ensuring compliance under this code, commercial buildings need to use equipment/ installations that are duly certified under the BIS Certification Marks Scheme. Plus, they must also meet other quality requirements. An office inspection checks the fire safety controls and points out issues that may turn out to be hazardous in the long run. Some key areas that are looked at for ensuring fire safety include:

  • Smoking zones
  • Fire exits
  • Kitchen equipment
  • Malfunctioning appliances
  • Electrical sockets
  • Flickering lights
  • Fire safety equipment

Why office inspection so important?

It would not be exaggerating to say that office inspection is the ultimate necessary thing for your office. The inspection would eliminate a number of issues which would add to your cost and human health on a recurrent basis:

  • Safety hazards arising from faulty wiring system, non-functional switches, and unsafe working practices will be managed.
  • Unhealthy conditions inside the office, growth of fungi, microbes, and pests lead to a myriad health problems. Be it plumbing issue or faults in the designing, damp assessment and a thorough inspection would eliminate any such possibilities from the commercial space.
  • Excessive condensation problems in the building which may arise due to issues in AC installation/ maintenance and its continuous use can be checked.
  • Hazards may occur due to uneven distribution of electricity as many equipment and appliances run simultaneously in an office. With office inspection in place, all possibilities of such hazards will be eliminated.
  • If inspection points out civil issues, it will help the office authority financially also. Repairing can be done before they become severely damaged and replacement becomes the last option.
  • Though not direct, but indirectly it affects employee satisfaction also. With a safe workplace and an office regularly inspected, employees develop a feeling that the management and authority are concerned about their overall well-being. And you can never deny that satisfied employees would mean improved productivity, achievement of objectives, and increased profitability; can you?

So, there you are. Starting from the exterior environment to work stations, all come under office inspection. When qualified inspectors give your office a visit, they will point you out where attention needs to be given more. A proper office inspection covers the parking lot, storage areas, wet areas (kitchen/ bathroom units), amenities, elevators – in a word, the entire workplace.

Office inspection informs the management about the risks of any level – mild, severe or moderate. You can control the threat and continue your work-life peacefully. As much as you care about the work, give attention to the office also because it is where you spend nine hours of your day, five to six days a week. Office inspection will provide you with multiple benefits. Be proactive and reach out to a trusted home inspection service provider.

Facts and Trivia on Home Inspection

The word ‘inspection’ means looking at a product, process or setup and comparing its ‘state’ with the specified requirements under a given condition. Now, that should give you a hint at what ‘home inspection’ can be. Let’s be a bit more lucid. Remember your school days when school inspectors would pay an occasional visit to your school? What was the reason? – To see if the school was running as per norms and to check the quality of education imparted there. The same is true for your home also. You need to inspect the nukes and crannies of your home from time to time to ensure that it is running as ‘it should be.’ This is the very point to introduce you to the term home inspection. We know you have questions flooding your mind right now about this. Don’t worry dear reader; we are here to help you.

So, what is professional home inspection and what does it cover?

In simple terms, a home inspection is examining your old or new property so that all accessible areas can be inspected for understanding the condition of home the systems and the components are in. It is essentially a visual process that also employs modern-technology tools1 specialized for this purpose. The issues found and the issues that are likely to occur – both are documented and reported by the experts. Finally, you get an inspection report generated by software-driven apparatus. The reports you get have written observations and solution suggestions in them along with scanned images of the damaged parts/ areas of your home.

The next obvious question that comes to your mind is – what all comes under the wings of home inspection. Here you go:

The home inspection coverage is of a W-I-D-E variety. The whole of your home’s interior, exterior, systems, and components can be under the magnifying glass of the inspection services. Read on to know more.

Hall, bedroom, study, dining area, Puja Ghar, alleys – all interior living spaces come under the extensive home inspection coverage. Washrooms, kitchen, the lobby area, and garage – all of them are covered. Be it your balcony or staircases or the lofts – home inspection reaches everywhere.

Even in exteriors, from stairs to driveways, home inspection coverage is inclusive of all. If your property has some attached structures, that would also get inspected.

As for systems and components, walls, flooring, ceiling, door, window, plumbing fixtures, water supply, even electrical system – you name it and a home inspection has it covered. The AC installations, ventilation process, the condition of the installed appliances are checked with equal diligence. The cabinets and countertops are not left unattended either.

To put it simply, home inspection coverage stands on 3 Ds – Detecting the issue, Describing the issues what can be the outcome, and Directing the solutions for effective rectification of the issues at hand. Materials used, finishing, installation procedure, safety issues are also covered along with the functionality of each system and operations of the installations.

Old or new, home inspection is here for you

You are already feeling interested in the service and are thinking to avail of one yourself, right? But some of you who own an old property might still be in a dilemma. Relax. Even heritage properties are also inspected here. Learn how to identify defects in old buildings and if you come across a couple of these signs, give a buzz to the most reliable home inspection service in town.

New homebuyers in India are also found to be vouching for these services. Say you have booked a single apartment in a building complex or getting a bungalow built of your own, home inspection is for that ongoing construction also. It can literally make your investment all the more worthwhile. Here are the benefits of employing home inspection for a new property..

Not only residential properties, commercial spaces like office, school, hotel, retail spaces like shopping mall and multiplex, and warehouse also come under the inspection coverage. To know more, click here.

Health check-up for you, home inspection for your property

If you are already convinced, great! But some of you may still wonder how a home inspection can possibly help you to determine the condition your home is in. Well, why do we get a health checkup from time to time? Doesn’t that help us understand our health condition? It is pretty much the same for your home too. Each professional home inspection performs in-depth monitoring of the home.

As your health check-up reveals whether you have diabetes and whether you need to be cautious about sugar intake, home inspection identifies any issues or defects in the components or elements of the property such as high moisture content, seepage/ leakage, dampness, or problem in the electrical circuit, etc. Areas that need improvement or immediate attention are brought under the radar of home inspection. Though you yourself can make out from the self-explanatory report, home inspection experts are always happy to help. Remember, you get scanned pictures of the issues identified in your home. Easier to realize the problem, isn’t it?

A Point to note – No repair work done by the home inspection Company

A point of caution here: Yes, it is absolutely right that home inspection will leave you with a detailed report about the condition of the home and related solutions. But the job of a professional home inspection ends there. It is not within the home inspection coverage to look into the software-driven report and make the actual repairs in your home. You need to call for other experts for that. Of course, some useful suggestions can be shared with you for further repair jobs, but that would not be inclusive of the home inspection services. So when you do opt for a home inspection for your property, make sure both the parties are clear of this fact.

Now that you have come to the end of this, we are sure you are a bit more aware now, aren’t you? If you are living in your ancestral home or planning to buy a new home, make sure to get a home inspection done. If an advertisement of a residential complex just caught your eyes, do not get brainwashed by the outward appearance. Look deeper and take the help of experts. Only a home inspection can save you from untimely disturbances with your old property or prevent any undesirable issues from arising in the new property you invested in, be it residential or commercial. Be wise, act wiser, and put home inspection to use without further delay.

To explore the bouquet of MACJ’s home inspection services, click here and go to Our services section.

Diversity of Home Inspection: Residential & Commercial

The decision to buy a house is always a major one. There are tonnes of considerations to be made before zeroing in on the one you like. But our work doesn’t really end there, does it? After buying the property, we need to be 100% sure that it is in a liveable condition. That is a tonne of work as well, right? – Inspecting the home for every teeny-weeny detail and then running behind the developer to get it fixed. The job is even more tedious if it is an old and comparatively less looked-after property. Then it is almost like a guilt trip that you have been avoiding embarking on all this while.

We have a simple solution for you. Home inspection, which is already in high demand in the West, is now slowly but steadily finding a place in the Indian market too. Although the concept is fairly new to the Indian audience, it has managed to gain immense popularity in the real estate value chain. Homeowners – old and new, builders, buyers, and NRIs – it is a win-win deal for all.

What is home inspection all about?

For those who are relatively new to the idea, a home inspection encompasses a wide range of services that aim at digging out problems affecting the exterior and interior components of your property. These include walls, railings, doors and windows, plumbing and electrical, and the like. To learn more, click here.

Importance of Property Inspection

We, at MACJ – A Buyers Choice, specialise in providing inspection services not just for homes but also for commercial spaces. This is because we believe that one tends to spend a major portion of his day outside the house& in the office for various works. So, it is equally important to keep that space free of wear-off and risks. Seriously, just think, how many of us are aware of the safety status of the office building1 we are walking into everyday?

Detailed below are some of the places where we offer property inspection services:

I. Commercial Buildings

1. Offices

We spend nearly 10 hours of the day here. It is a lot of time! So, it only makes sense to ensure safety at the workplace. And by safety, we do not only mean fire safety. That is a bare minimum requirement. You must have your compliances met and the fire safety equipment ready at the right places. But at the same time, you must also see to it that there is adequate number of fire exits in the office and that the pathways leading to those exits are wide enough. The staircase is not slippery. There are no hollow tiles on the floor. The false ceilings are sturdy enough and not made of inflammable material, and so on and so forth.

What are the other things that you as an employer must be proactive about? – Paying heed to any complaint coming from employees about a plumbing fault in the bathroom, water dripping from an AC unit, a persistent musty smell inside the office, or a stinking basin in the pantry area, etc. You must engage a professional property inspection team and try to resolve these issues from their roots.

Remember – a healthy and happy workforce is the true resource of an organization. Make safety a ‘hygiene factor’ for them and see their energy, commitment, and productivity soar higher.

2. Schools

Another crucial place that is a must-include for inspections for the simple reason that they are occupied by children. You just cannot take any risk with them. Plaster falling out from the wall or ceiling means a child might put it in its mouth, loose hinges may cause a door to fall anytime causing casualties, or worn-out and slippery staircase may lead to serious accidents.

Keeping dampness at bay inside a school is also of paramount importance. As school authority, you can always hold parents responsible for their wards’ ill health and absenteeism but you cannot turn a blind eye to your own responsibilities. Can you?

According to the research titled, ‘Coexistence of allergic rhinitis and asthma in Indian patients: The CARAS survey’(Vikram Jaggi, 2019), in India, the burden of allergic diseases2 has been on a rising trend in terms of prevalence as well as severity. The All-India Co-ordinated Project on Aeroallergens and Human Health, New Delhi, in 2000, showed that 30% of the Indian population suffers from these, and that 15% develops asthma.

So, do not look at maintenance as just a rulebook thing. Precede the job with a thorough property inspection to ensure utmost safety to the children.

3. Hospitals

They cannot afford to take any chances with the health and safety of their patients and patient parties. A minor plumbing or electrical issue can literally put a crucial surgery on halt and cost life. Excessive dampness can lead to the growth of microbes and spread deadly infections.

This is even more important for ICCUs and ITUs where critical patients are kept. Bed sores in aged, bed-ridden patients are not uncommon in old hospital buildings; no amount of disinfection and sanitation seem to be enough for preventing these infections. Dampness, if not the only reason, is certainly one of major causes behind such uncontrolled proliferation of micro-organisms.

Then there are the weak, poorly-managed building parts like doors, gateways, partitions, and false ceilings. A sudden collapse of any of these structures can cause huge casualties. Hence, it is important to ensure that the health of all the buildings inside a hospital compound is as good as that of its patients.

4. Multiplexes/ Malls

Another popular area infested with people almost all times of the day. They need to look good at all times too. That is how they would attract crowds. Plus, the interiors and other utilities always need to be in good shape for use by the masses.

Pleasureful factors play an important role in increasing the footfall in a multiplex or shopping mall. A consistent negligence in maintaining the basic hygiene and safety can lead to a significant drop in popularity.

5. Warehouses and retail chains

Storehouses are common housing grounds of seepage, fungus, and bacteria. It can mean immense damage to the stocks lying therein.

Similarly, retail chains like supermarkets, house tonnes of perishable and non-perishable goods for consumers. Both the places always need to be high on maintenance to ensure longer shelf-lives of the stored items and keep customers happy and coming.

6. Hotels

If hotels have a damp/ seepage problem, then these can create bad reputation infront of customers and also can create various health problems too if not rectified soon.

There are sometimes electrical safety hazard3 happened which could have avoided if some safety measures have been taken earlier. Have a inspection done to have a healthy and safety place.

II. Residential Properties

1. Old Houses

Property is a lifelong investment but we often forget to maintain it for a lifetime. Homes that turn old with us need equal maintenance as our own bodies. This is where home inspection can play a significant role. Our inspectors would conduct a 3D-coverage of your property detailing all the issues in both the exterior as well as interior parts. We would then assist you with solutions for the same.

2. Newly-Built Homes/ Flats

The general idea is that since a flat is newly built, it is already in perfect shape. On the contrary, new homes too have several hidden flaws, which as a buyer might concern you. They usually come to the surface only as you start living in it for a while. The construction may be weak, plaster may start peeling off, or faucets may become loose. A thorough home inspection before moving in can help.

A Variety of Inspection Services for Homes and Commercial Properties

Now we know that a complete health check-up is equally essential for your living space. Most importantly, property inspection is essential not just for your home but for all kinds of commercial properties as well. This is why we, at MACJ, offer a diverse range of inspection services, all under one umbrella, to ensure that every party in the real estate value chain is benefitted.

Real estate inspection services for buyers/ sellers

We understand that buying and selling of real estate are crucial life decisions. This is why our inspection services are available both at the time of buying and selling a property. Our inspectors thoroughly check all areas and components of the space under a deal and provide a seal of approval to go ahead with the transaction, so that you do not risk of losing your valuable money.

Construction finishing inspection for new homebuyers and builders/ developers

Sometimes it isn’t easy to figure out any loophole in construction which may have been left by the builder/ developer in newly built homes. A third eye to the whole situation can actually be of immense benefit, if any minor/ major issues can be brought to light and fixed at the initial stages itself, it can save considerable inconvenience and expenditure later on. Even builders and realtors appreciate our service because it helps them create long-term loyal relationships with their clients.

Home inspection for existing residents

Our services are not just meant for new buyers, we also assist existing homeowners in the upkeep of their properties. You can call us anytime if you feel that your house needs a complete check-up.

Complete property care for NRIs

Living abroad with your property back home is always worrisome. Will the property be safe from rain, seepage issues, plaster wear-off, electrical and plumbing breakage? We’re here to put all your worries to rest. Just hire us before you leave and we’d be happy to take care of your property in your absence.

Not just for NRIs, our home inspection services are ideal for cross-city residents as well. If you need to move cities for work or other reasons, you can bank on us to take care of your property back home while you are gone.

Our entire bouquet of property inspection services for you. To know more, Click here and go into Our services section.

Home inspection is no longer a luxury. It needs to be looked up to as a bouquet of necessary services that concern your most valuable possession – home. Hire us today to take care of your asset and we’d do so just like our very own.

Challenges of Season Change: How to Safeguard Your Home?

Remember Nana Patekar lip-syncing to the famous lines “Sardi, khasi na malaria hua?” Yes, sounds familiar during season change, doesn’t it? A sudden fall in temperature and cool breeze from the north right after the rainy days makes you feel the change in the air. But it is the sneezes in the morning and viral fevers that let us know more prominently about the transition. Well, your home is no exception. While it doesn’t have the chance to catch a cold, it does have risks of getting badly affected by the weather change. Be wise beforehand and prepare accordingly. Read on to know more about safeguarding your home.

Before we move on to what you should do to safeguard your house, let’s have a quick look at what are the problems you should be aware of. Most of them you already know. Let us just double-check once.

  • Extreme heat during prolonged summer causes cracks to appear on your walls.
  • Months of monsoon invite damp, moisture intrusion, algal and fungal infestation in any random corner of your home where you were least expecting them.
  • Wooden doors and windows become enlarged as moisture swells them up during the rainy season. But when that ends, it is a pain to close them properly as the size has changed.
  • Winter intensifies condensation and any damp that you might not have noticed and turns it into a nightmare.

We’re sure you have come across a lot of other issues which you never suspected could happen due to season change. However, now let’s see what you can do to save your dearer-than-life home. Here are some useful home maintenance tips for forthcoming winter:

1. Ventilate your house well

Now that the monsoon has finally bid us farewell, let your house feel the warmth of the sun. Open the windows and doors and ventilate your house so that the indoor moisture content is lowered. This will also help any superficial dampness on your walls to dry and disappear. But be sure the damp spots aren’t skin-deep (read wall-deep). To ensure, take professional help. Call for a home inspection team that will conduct a damp assessment and check all your plumbing lines and fixtures for leakage. Once you repair the identified faults, you are more than sorted.

To learn more about leakage inspection, read on.

2. Take care of your windows

They are not there only to let you enjoy the outside scenery or allow light and air to pass. It is very important to check the condition of windows at regular intervals. See to it that there is no gap around the window frames. This will harm the window and the wall as well. Give extra care if you have wooden window frames. Try to dry them off after the splashes of rain have ceased. For metal frames, which are more common these days, replacing and reinstallation will be a better option. Also check the latches and tighten them if they are loose to make sure there is no gap between the windowpane(s) and frame.

Always check if there is a provision of drip mould in the window chhajja as it helps in stopping raindrops from coming in contact with the windows directly.

With glass windows, you should look for cracks very minutely. Even a hair-line crack can become a menace in later times. Broken glass offers little to none protection against the harsh environmental conditions brought about by season change.

Inspect your tracks and rollers regularly. Most houses and apartments are built with sliding windows. If your home is no exception, be careful about the tracks and rollers. Stormy air, dry sweeps of wind, etc can bring in dust, twigs, and dead insects with them and stock them on the roller channels. Clean them.

A small home decor tip for homeowners having glass windows: Replace your breezy curtains with blinds. They will help you ward off cold wind during the chilly winter nights.

3. Look for air passages

A crack on the window glass, gap around the window and door frames, and window panes and doors not closing properly can create unwanted air passages. Cold air from outside will make its way inside on a wintry night thereby lowering the comfort level.

On a hot summer day, you often wonder why the AC cooling is not working but you hardly bother to check if there is a gap around the window and door frame. But before winter, you need to be careful about these things. Otherwise, you may end up creating health risks for your family.

You can always put your effort into mending these faults but if you are not experienced, it will be in vain. Before every season change check the entrance and exit points of air in and from your room. Correct the cracked portions or door frames to allow proper air circulation. Rely on home inspection teams for making your work easier. But make sure you do what they recommend!

4. Leakage inspection

Being a tropical country, India has a lengthy monsoon season. While the rain is boon to many, it can bring ill fate to a home, especially if the house is made with poor quality materials or one is not regular with maintenance. Roof, ceiling, and floors can give way to seepage or leakage. A pre-existing crack you didn’t care about will show how much it is capable of damaging your home. Never ever leave a crack or leakage unattended. Repair it whenever you come across one.

The leakage of water from the overhead tank is critical. It will not only cause wastage of drinking water but also make the adjacent areas completely slippery. A wet roof with an old or faulty waterproofing or gaps in the tile joints on the roof can also lead to seepage in ceilings. Repair them with immediate urgency or be ready to face the ordeal during winter.

If you find leakage in your walls it is best to treat it as soon as possible. You may want to plaster your walls and apply waterproof coatings1 to prevent water damage. Thanks to advance technologies, you now get paints with superior water-resistant properties. So,while deciding on a new shade for your walls, think of these paint varieties to add more protection to your walls.

Sometimes when you are unable to detect the source of dampness/ leakage. You can call professional who are expert in this job. Click here to know more.

5. Electrical inspection

It is of utmost importance to implement timely electrical inspection. When winter is slowly making its entry into our almanac, get ready for a surge in the electrical load. You will definitely start using geyser or immersion rods2. These are high electricity consuming products. So, you must perform a thorough electrical inspection to avoid any tripping incident in the electrical circuit. Once the usage starts, the appliances will give off one day, when you are probably in the middle of a bath! To save yourself the harassment, take timely precautions.

Before you call for an expert team for electrical inspection, do a few things yourself. Click here to get some excellent ideas on energy saving.

Conclusion

Safeguarding your home against all odds is a tedious job but you have to put your one hundred percent effort into it because after all, it is YOUR home we are talking about. It is your prized possession and you should be on high alert about it. Even a simple thing like making sure the latches of windows and doors are working fine can help your home withstand the harsh weather conditions. Be hands on in home maintenance.

Follow the advice of the experts, call for the home inspection and make your home secured against withering climate and fall in love with it all over again. All protected and safe, it will stand tall and unharmed even in the most challenging periods of changing seasons.

Moving to a New Apartment? Home Inspection Can Be a Saviour

So, your dream home is ready to be moved in? You must be getting impatient to do the interiors and plan your house-warming party but hang on! Don’t rush. There’s an old saying: Precaution is better than cure. Check the property thoroughly before dialing up packers and movers. Everything looks perfect when new, and a home is no exception. Once you start living in it, the construction-related issues begin to surface one after another. Old resale properties have more hidden issues than new ones but then, the latter gives you a broken heart! How to fix a broken heart? Oops, the defects in a new apartment? Get a professional home inspection done before move-in. At least, you can then ask your builder or seller (previous homeowner) to repair the defects, which ideally, they should do and save significantly on your recurring future repair costs.

Sounds ‘unnecessarily’ expensive? Okay, let’s make things a little easier for you to decide by providing you examples of key findings based on various inspections of new home. MACJ-ABCHI has performed 1500+ inspections combining individual and developer based units inspection. The team has found various kinds of issues and they also suggest the solutions related to specific issues which can help you to get rectified on time.

Key findings based on various inspection of new homes

The areas in your home or apartment will include Bedrooms, Bathrooms, Living and dining, Kitchens, Balcony (the number will vary accordingly) etc. The 7 basic elements comprises of wall, ceiling, floor, door, window, plumbing and electrical. Key findings based on several inspections of new apartment/home element-wise include:

1. Wall

Cracks, Hollowness on plaster, efflorescence and undulation are some common problems/ defect for walls depending on various inspections of new apartments.

  • Cracks – Crack can be seen on the wall of any new building in our country. Having cracks appear on your wall may just seem to be cosmetic, but it could be a moderate or indicate an important, structural issue. While it is true that that minor cracks can turn into bigger cracks thereby threaten the structural integrity of your home, and that every crack should be taken a look at by a professional. The first step to fixing the problem is identifying type of crack. There are two types – Structural and Non structural crack.
    • Non-structural cracks – These cracks are small, less than 3mm width,that do not at the moment threaten the integrity of your home. But of course if not treated at right time can create problem in future.
    • Structural cracksStructural cracks1 appear wider than 3mm width. They can appear in the wall beams or slabs. And they usually extend to the upper floor of your house.

    Tip related to cracks(non- structural depending width): Cracks can be horizontal, vertical or diagonal. Most significant is diagonal crack which is usually found at lintel level or load bearing element. To know the solution, read our 3D Knowledge series post.

  • Undulation – It happens due to uneven plastering or sometimes happen during putty application on wall i.e due to poor workmanship.
  • Hollowness on plaster – This happens due to improper curing after plastering, which can lead to further crack on it. Thereby resulting in decrease of strength.
  • Efflorescence – Efflorescence is a type of white deposit found on masonry and walls. Efflorescence is not a good sign as it means that the quality of construction material may not have been good. To know more details about the reason for occurrence and its solution, click here.

2. Ceiling

One significant and common observation based on several inspections is crack at ceiling at fan box position. This happens due to weakness in concrete and hammering. This can be repaired by crack seal.

3. Floor

Hollowness, cracks, gap at tile joints and improper slope are some common issues related to flooring which can create further problems if left unnoticed.

  • Hollowness – It is one of the common defects/ issues observed in homes. Hollowness can lead to further cracks in flooring & looseness from bed mortar. This can lead to water intrusion through cracks and which can create further problems in other associated or attached areas and damp/ seepage issues. To understand the Significance of checking hollow tile or stone flooring, click here.
  • Gap between tile joints – This is also very common issue which is neglected by people considering it as a minor thing. These gaps will be a path for water to flow and hence will create dampness/ seepage in associated areas. This source of water, if not rectified can increase damage in associated/ attached areas of the property. For this issue, filling the gap by tile grout as per manufacturer’s specification will be a solution.
  • Improper floor slope – An improper slope2 of the floor leaves scope for water stagnation. This problem is commonly faced in bathrooms. If the slope is inadequate or reverse around floor outlet then the excess water tends to stand and causes water pocket depending on cases. To get rid of the excess water you have to use wiper after every wash and every shower or get the floor slope corrected by a skilled vendor without delay.

4. Door

Misalignment of door panel, hinge problem, door not self latching are some issues which are commonly observed while inspection.

  • Misalignment of door panel – This happens due to improper installation of panel. If panel is not properly flushing with door frame after closing, then panel is misaligned. It can happen due to some other reasons too. So it is important to understand the reason.
  • Hinge fitting problem – If hinge is not fitted properly, then it will not be able to take load of door panel, which can create problem in operation of panel.
  • Door is not self-latching – This can happen due to improper groove plate installation problem or due to latch problem.

5. Window

Most common issues related to windows are absence of sealant and window installation issue like misalignment.

  • Absence of sealant – Based on inspection of new apartments, it is commonly observed that sealant is not provided at external sill and window frame. This gap will be a source for moisture to flow inside the home. If gap are not filled properly, it will lead to moisture intrusion, paint deterioration & damage to walls. Deterioration of sealant occurs in little older buildings.
  • Window installation issue – There are various types of issues which can occur in windows. Among this, most significant is installation issue. If not properly installed, can cause misalignment of windows which can create operational problem.

6. Electrical

Problem/ issues in electrical section can occur due to layout and fittings. Sometimes electrical layout has some issues which becomes difficult to change and sometimes fitting related problem as well as safety issues are also observed.

  • Layout related Problem – There are some times problems/issues in electrical layout of an area of home like position of socket board which can cause safety hazard in future.
  • Fitting related Problem – It includes improper connection of wires at DB, switch board and others.
  • Wiring/ Wire Gauge issues – If an electrical outlet of an equipment has inadequate wire gauge as per load, then it will cause overheating further leading to wire damage. Hence forth will cause equipment damage. Thereby creating a safety hazard for residents.

7. Plumbing

In plumbing also, issues can be due to layout and fitting. Loosening of faucets and other installation problems are some of issues that are commonly observed in new homes. If left unnoticed can result in increased moisture content of the home and dampness, watery spot on the walls and ceiling, damaged aesthetics, and long-term health threats.

Following are a few defects that aggravate plumbing problems multiple times:

  • Leakage in water pipeline – The use of non-branded, poor-quality pipes & improper installation can cause leakage in the water pipeline3 of even a new building. Some leakage are detectable with naked eyes and some are concealed which can be detected by professional services.
  • Grout Problems – If grouting around the floor outlet is not done properly, it can lead to seepage/leakage problem in below attached/ associated areas.
  • Leaky Faucets – A leaky faucet4 not only wastes water but also causes hassles for residents if left unnoticed. The typical causes for a leaky faucet5 include corrosion, mineral deposits on the internal parts, or defective gaskets etc. Ignoring leaky faucets can turn a simple cost into a nightmare. A guided inspection at an early stage can keep away these hazards.
  • Weak installation of water closet – A loosely installed water closet in the bathroom may give rise to annoying things like unchecked, continuous water leakage, sewer smell, etc. No matter how expensive WC you choose, a wrong installation can completely ruin its beauty and purpose.

Conclusion

We have just tried to give you an overview of commonly observed issues based on several inspections of apartments.

If still you need help detecting the probable defects of your apartment, Contact professional home inspection services. Remember, an aware homebuyer is a responsible homeowner. The earlier you detect the defects the better you are guarded against all future home ailments and accidents. This will help you have a healthy home for your family.