The importance of post construction inspection cannot be overstated. Although it is the responsibility of the contractor through the building inspector to ensure that everything in the building works and has been constructed up to the building code standards, there is a degree of responsibility on the part of the person wishing to occupy the space to ensure that they do not get the short end of the stick after the construction is done.
A good way of doing the necessary inspection is by personally visiting the premises that you intend to occupy. It is also advisable to take someone else along with you to provide an extra set of eyes, ears, and mind for insight. Even if one is not a contractor, engineer, or building inspector, it is possible to do a thorough inspection. The value here is that your inspection is from the perspective of a user. As a result, your view would not be technical, but rather, functional.
In order to conduct a meaningful inspection that does not just entail admiring the interior design and finishing, allocate a reasonable amount of time for the visit. Show houses or show rooms are just that. They are for show. They give an idea of what the final product is expected to look like. They are not the final product. You should visit the real building.
Make a list of the expectations you may have of the space, its fixtures, and fittings. Once you are clear on what your expectations are, organise to visit the premises. Usually, someone will be there to walk you through the house, highlighting things such as the space and the materials used in certain fixtures, fittings, and finishes. When this is done, they normally walk away perhaps to another room to let you ponder and weigh your options.
This is where that list you made comes into play. Go to each and every room and test the sturdiness of handles, knobs, hinges, hooks, rods, latches, taps, and the plumbing as well as the water supply. Make notes where applicable and share these with your guide in order to have them addressed. Handles, knobs, and hinges should be firmly fitted and smooth in their motion. Hooks and rods should be firmly fitted and not loose or easy to pull out. A simple firm yank at them can easily determine this. Latches should also be firmly fitted and smooth in their motion.
The only way to inspect taps and plumbing is by running the taps for a few minutes. Debris and dust collect in the inside of taps and plumbing during construction. Running taps for a minute or two helps to clear the debris and determine if there is any blockage or leakage in the plumbing. The same process applies for the toilet- flushing once or twice allows you to gauge the efficacy of the cistern.
A well inspected building sets the tone for negotiation. It serves an individual well to carry out one of their own and have any emerging issues addressed before occupying it.
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