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Everybody wants to make sure of the quality of the construction before buying a property . In the past few years there has been a lot of improvements in the construction process with the support of new materials and technologies. However, it’s not uncommon to find house owners complaining about construction and workmanship.

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All the defects in the constructions are not always visible.. For instance, a labor would not be able to find out the the strength of the structure unless the structural plan is been reviewed by an independent architect.

Here are a few self-checks which can be done on your own. 

SOUND PAPERWORK
All the builders promise ‘quality construction’ but many don’t provide the details “It is important that the builder annexes with the booking agreement, a detailed specifications and type of material used for flooring, doors, windows, sanitary/electrical fittings, etc. . This helps us in getting an idea of what the developer is committing. However most of the builders fail to use the type and quality of material mentioned in the agreement. But then putting all the details in the agreement adds up pressure on the builder to deliver quality in construction.

MEETING STANDARDS
Frequent site visits without intimating the builder will help in understanding the quality of construction. 

Soil Investigation:
It’s very important to check the soil on which a building is built. The quality of the soil differs from place to place depending on its composition. Asking for a soil test report would add up in getting to know about the soil composition and strength. 

Structural Design:
It is difficult for a common person to understand the layout blueprints and the design. So, it is better to ask the design created by the project’s architect and review it with a third party architect. The structure should provide enough strength to withstand earthquakes of certain magnitude. The strength of the building depends on the steel used in the structure.

Concrete Mix
The load of the structure is based on the concrete strength. The concrete mix should be monitored regularly on the site but in real time it is not possible for the builder to always monitor the quality of concrete mix. As a solution for this many of them use ready mix concrete. Therefore the builder has to test the concrete mix in the laboratory. It’s always helpful to ask the builder about the testing report.

Wall Thickness:
The wall thickness is always mentioned in the architectural plan. Make sure these details are provided in the booking agreement. Visiting the site various times at the time of construction would help in knowing if the thickness is maintained according to the original plan mentioned in the agreement.

Fixtures:
Developers promise of quality for certain fixtures and furnishings but the bathroom fittings, electrical wiring etc. must always be checked again if they are certified by the bureau of Indian standards. 


Finishing:
Once the finishing is done the quality of tiles, plaster, paints and marble should be visible to naked eye. Ask the builder if you find any doubt in the quality as the poor quality always leads to early replacement.

THIRD-PARTY CERTIFICATIONS
As the independent audit could be expensive one can ask the builder to hire a third party audit agency to continuously do the quality certifications and audits for his ventures, which will not cost you anything.

Whether you do it yourself or seek third party help, be alert about the quality of the construction for your property. 

 

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