13 point Checklist before moving into your New Flat
The house is technically not yours if you don’t have all the important legal documents in place. It is your duty to verify each and every document. They must be duly signed and stamped, wherever required.
Here are some crucial papers you should have to your name:
- Possession Letter
- Blue Print
- No Objection Certificate
- Development Agreement
- Power of Attorney
- Commencement Certificate
- Search Report of the Builder’s Advocate
- Receipts of payments made to the builder
- Letter of allotment
- Confirmation on property registration with local authority
Not just another brick on the wall
Before taking possession, examine all the walls closely. Cracks, damp patches, leakage, peeling paint or any kind of chipping must be brought to the notice at the earliest.
In case of ready to live in house that are furnished, a huge chunk of the price that you pay covers the fittings and fixtures like taps, faucets and bathroom fittings. Just ensure that they are in working conditions. Problems like leakage in piping, faulty fittings and defective wiring should be fixed.
Safety is paramount. You must ensure that the electrical wiring is in order. Starting from the sockets and plugs to the main fuse, meter and inverter. Don’t settle for any electrical fitting that is inferior to the standards promised. Also, check if the miniature circuit breaker (MCB), an expensive equipment, is of good quality because it is important for your safety.
Open and shut. And repeat. Do it all over again till you are sure that all the doors and windows are working smooth. Also ensure that the locks are secure and you have all the sets of original keys and their warranty details.
Get to the bottom of the gas pipeline
If you are going to enjoy the facility of piped gas in your new flat, you must become familiar with the do’s and dont’s of its usage. Before you plan to move in, verify the quality of tubes and all the devices. They should all bear the ISI mark. You should also check upon a leakage detector, if provided. Keep the emergency contact details handy.
If your new house is equipped with digital features like lighting control, security cameras, and temperature control, scan all the gadgets for their quality, brand and functioning.
Your space beyond the walls
Your new home is a package of the flat and the amenities that you have invested in. You must check upon all of them. Playground, swimming pool, gymnasium, jogging track, club house – everything that was promised to you should be there and adhere to the specifications promised.
Take the lift
The lift is crucial, especially if you enjoy the higher views. They should comply with all the rules. You should be concerned about the common areas as well and check for the flooring and tiling.
No less than a painting
Paint defines the look of your house. All rooms should have a double coat paint with no visible patches. It is best to address concerns regarding the painting of the exteriors and grills etc. at the time of possession, so it can be taken care of before you move in.
Don’t get drained later
Clogged drains are a common problem in new flats. Ensure that the drains in balconies, bathrooms, kitchen, and utility rooms are clear.
Keep calm and stay cool
Be cautious about the ducting for split AC. It is important for effective cooling and has an impact on your monthly electricity bill. Check on its water outlet as a small issue could lead to seepage in your walls and damage the paint.
Make it your safe haven
Often overlooked in the excitement is the safety of your house. You must make a note of features like refuge area, fire alarm system, smoke detectors, and so on.
Do some homework before you decide to take the keys in your hand. Make your arrival at your new flat an absolutely happy and auspicious one.