Our Home: Check for Defects

Well, you should know that it is almost impossible that you will receive your HDB flawlessly. Specially after all the newspaper reports that we have read, there are definitely bound to have defects. But how do you actually check the defects then? Of course, we are not the experts that do stringent quality checks on HDB. We did a lot of homework and we hope this post will be useful for you.

We followed Traditional Chinese Customs closely due to our families background. Before we embarked on our "mission", we did a chinese ritual such as mixing salt and rice and throw at all the corners of the unit, roll pineapple, burning incense papers and etc. All done in an auspicious day and time. I shall not share much on this because different customs have different procedure. It will be best if you can check with your fortune teller/fengshui master.

Before we start, here's a list of tools you should bring when you are checking for your defects:

1. Markers and Tapes
They are used for marking the defects. In our case, we use masking tapes which are easier to remove. We used permanent markers to write on it. We have at least two colours to differentiate the defects. Example: minor and major defects.
(Example: We have bad stains on our doors and even chip off.)

2. Stool or Ladder
Definitely useful if you want to inspect out of reach areas. Especially ceiling to check if there is any leakage and to check on the windows as well.
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3. Chargers
They are used to test the electricity sockets to ensure they are functioning.
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4. Blue-Touch or whatever you call
By using this, you can easily identify any leakages during flushing.
(Picture is for illustration purpose only)

5. Coins/Marbles and Ruler/Card (Optional) 
For those who have opt in HDB tiles, you will need to bring this along. There were a few cases of tiles popping up after some times. To prevent that from happening, we need to do a thorough check on the tiles and flooring. Do note that this is also the most tedious sector among the rest! Coins and Marbles are used to check if the tiles are hollow or loose. What we did was to tap EACH tile/flooring with coins. Hollow sound will indicate a hollow flooring. Use a ruler to ensure that the tiles are even. At the same time, check for any cracks on the tiles.

We have a list of defects to report. These were the main problems that we had:
1. Doors
Our bomb shelter door and toilet door were unable to lock. We had bad stains and chip off on the doors.

2. Holes
Personally I am super particular about holes - a threat for insects to live with us! The number of holes that we have were really a lot even though this can be easily rectified.
3. Kitchen Tiles
The major defect that we had was the kitchen tiles. Our kitchen tiles were in two different colours! It was so obvious. And some of the tiles were not even at all! In the end, the HDB contractor had to remove all of them and redo for us
Not sure if we are consider lucky, I would say we did not really have much "major" stuff to report and all of our problems were rectified rather quickly. Specially thanks to our ID who was there to help us to monitor while we were away for our honeymoon. Hehehe!

Lastly, do note that you have only SEVEN days to report defect after you have collected your keys. I think it can be extended but it's better for you to report the defect as early as possible. We were one of the few batches who collected our keys earlier. So the HDB contractors were really fast to settle our defects. :D

So do make sure ALL THE defects are cleared before you start on your renovation works. Else, they might push the blames to your ID or contractors. And you know, the quality of the BTO is getting worst. So it is still recommendable for you to have a thorough check before anything happen. Hope the above information helps! :)

With love

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