A Guide to Check the Construction Quality of a House

Fousiya Zaker F

When you prepare to buy a house, it is not enough to blindly trust the word of the seller regarding the quality of the building. It is important that you know what you should look for to ensure that the house is in good condition so that you are not deceived in the name of the brand of materials, quality of wiring and plumbing, etc. 

A construction quality checklist is the responsibility of the homebuyer. Although, the process is quite a challenge for most people. A few methods to assess construction quality are:

  1. On-site inspection
  2. Checking audit reports done by quality assurance companies
  3. Enlisting the services of a building Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC) agency

Factors to Be Examined to Ensure Construction Quality

Soil Quality

Soil quality is an important factor that must be evaluated in order to determine the strength of the foundation of the structure. The buyers can request the soil test report that was made before the construction began and see whether it meets the standards.

Structural Design

Structural design is difficult for a layman to assess. So, the advice of experts may be sought to evaluate the structural design and strength of the building.

Concrete Mix

The strength of the concrete mix used in a structure governs its load-bearing capacity. You may request the builder for certification of concrete mix provided by a testing laboratory.

Walls

The thickness of walls, the concrete mix used, use of plywood, hollowness inside, etc. must be reviewed. The presence of wood inside walls may be damaged by termites over time, if not maintained properly.

Paint Quality

The presence of uneven cracks on the walls is an indication of bad quality of paint, lack of curing etc. Good quality paint is visually pleasing and increases the life of walls. The lack thereof causes the wall to deteriorate before its time.

Fixtures

Check the quality of sanitary ceramics and accessories by looking for comfort in use, the presence of cracks, the overall shape and the mounting surfaces. Be sure to check the water flow and speed as well. The bathroom fittings, wires, electrical fittings, etc, should be certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards.

Waterproofing

Water leakage and moisture can lead to damage to the structure and decrease its lifespan. Sufficient waterproofing must be done from the initial stages of construction. Otherwise, the structure is sure to experience leakages and a dampening effect.

Elevators

Elevators must be checked for their capacity, working condition and regular maintenance. Malfunctioning elevators in multi storey structures can cause so much trouble to the residents.

Safety Features

Check for earthquake resistance, fire resistance, and emergency evacuation. Examine the width of stairways for enough space for emergency situations.

Third-Party Certifications

Since it is impossible to evaluate all aspects of a structure accurately, the services of third-party auditors can be availed. Sachin Sandhir, Managing Director of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, says that in India, consumers can approach auditors registered with the Quality Council of India for an inspection.

In Summary

The above checks will help to enhance the longevity of the house you buy. Make sure that you have done your research so that the builders would not be able to take advantage of you. Also, have a qualified expert as a contact to help you clear your doubts.

For most of us, purchasing or constructing a house is a one-time activity. Therefore, it is important that we are careful in making decisions.

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