One of the biggest milestones in your life is owning your own house. The joy of living in a place that is solely yours is unparalleled. But building your house comes with a lot of responsibilities and investments.
After all, it takes a lot of time and hard work to be able to purchase a house. But just building and settling in your house isn’t enough. After the construction is over, you need to go through the quality checklists to ensure the house is sturdy.
Unfortunately, nearly 80% of homeowners fail to confirm the quality checks, which can cause a lot of issues later. Here is a list of a few construction quality checklists that you should be aware of.
1. Cement quality
The strength of the concrete or cement that you use will determine the laid capacity of the house. Ready-mix concrete is widely available and consists primarily of sand and concrete in a predetermined ratio.
Ready-mix cement is also used to make concrete box culverts and other necessary constructions. Ask your developer to use the best quality concrete mix in the market. If you want to check the quality yourself, you can try driving a nail into the wall made out of that concrete.
If the nail settles in easily or the cement gets peeled off, your cement quality is not that good. So after doing a thorough check of the cement walls, make sure the walls are thick enough.
2. Common problems
Instead of making a checklist that goes on and on for pages, make a specific checklist for recurring common problems in the house.
It might feel good to superficially tick off dozens of boxes without giving anything a proper check, but that is a pretty bad idea. Instead, keep your checklist short and precise. For example, if the taps keep leaking now and then or the electricity seems to flicker on and off, keep those things in mind.
A precise checklist will help you figure out any construction problems as quickly as possible and make sure you don’t forget to review them. Remember to periodically review the checklist and see how much progress you’ve made.
3. Fire safety issues
Checking your electrical fittings is extremely important. One small mistake and the entire house could be a victim of a fire hazard. Keep checking twice or thrice for faulty wires to avoid chances of short-circuits.
In case your new house has an elevator, you should check it out too to make sure it works properly. If you see any small snags in the elevator, bring it to someone’s notice so that it doesn’t break down in the future.
Fire extinguishers should be placed at all emergency points inside or around the house. Ensure you and your family members know how to operate the extinguisher so that no time is wasted if any mishap occurs.
4. Concise language
The checkpoints that you establish should be written down in a clear and concise manner. This will also make it much easier for any safety inspector or field personnel to understand the list.
Try to avoid using words like “verify,” “proper,” or “correct.” Instead, add specific measurement metrics like temperatures and tolerances. This will provide an accurate and complete chart for both you as well as anyone else who goes through the checkpoints.
Present these checkpoints as declarative sentences instead of questions to ensure clarity. If you want, you can even draw a diagram or two to understand the references in the future. First, however, make sure the diagrams are neat and precise.
5. Paint quality
Lastly, the quality of the paint that you use should also be monitored. Your dream home needs to brighten up with colors, but you also have to make sure that the paint is from a certified organization.
Cheap-quality paints contain harmful chemicals that can damage your walls and also let off dangerous fumes that will be harmful to your health. You should also check the plastering being made on the walls.
Painters should ideally use waterproof materials while painting to increase the longevity of the paints. Make sure the painting alignment is proper. This means that, at night, the light should reflect equally off all four walls.
Over to you…
These are the five essential things you should remember while making a construction checklist. Always remember, precaution is better than cure!