Before buying a property, you must check out for some visible signs that will determine the construction quality of the project.

Checking the construction quality of an apartment is the most important factor before finalizing 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.
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 violation of building codes, makes building structures susceptible to structural and safety malfunctions.

What to look for to ascertain construction quality

Here are some signs and loopholes that can help prospective home buyers judge the overall quality of construction of a residential project:

building cracksBuilding’s exterior: At the time of 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.

 

Concrete_mixtureConcrete mix: Builders check the strength of the concrete mix as the grade of concrete and concrete-sand ratio are crucial for 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.


PaintPaint quality and 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.

 

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAFittings and 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.

LiftCommon areas and facilities: 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.