I was wondering if anyone can advise us regarding the settlement and pre-settlement inspection of our newly built townhouse.
We were called to make an appointment for the pre-settlement inspection last week so we did and came in to see the builder, inspected and such. There were a few things making me feel very uneasy:
– No power there, so we couldn’t test any lighting or switch board. Certainly I couldn’t see if the air conditioner works or not either. I also can’t check if the automatic garage door can open itself with the remote, same reason was given that there was no power connection.
– No ‘physical’ gas hot water installed yet (I could see the hole in the wall that supposed to have the heater there), so we wouldn’t know if it works or not.
-Only the cook top installed in the kitchen (though I couldn’t check if it actually works), no oven, microwave or dish washer ‘installed’ yet, well there was no power so either way I won’t know if they will work or not!
-The kitchen fly screen is not installed ‘yet’.
-No keys to check if all the door and window locks work or not.
Anyway we managed to pointed out a few things like pain quality, some chips on the stair case, kitchen cabinet and the wardrobe. However I was told when checking for paint quality I have to stand 1.5 meter from the wall to check. IS THIS CORRECT? There was one area where I can see the paint work was not even and very messy (hard to believe they can screw up that much as they just paint on plaster board!) and the builder, though saying he will fix it, it is mainly because he is doing me a favour!
With so many things are not yet installed and no power to check if things actually work or not, is this too early for a pre settlement inspection? Can I ask for another inspection a day or two prior to the actual settlement date to make sure every single thing works before they hand me key to a ‘full of errors’ home? Now I know there is a 90-day maintenance period but I really don’t want to take a day or multiple days off work waiting for trade people to come and fix things either (or to have cold water shower, no heating in this winter, or can’t use the microwave or oven to feed ourselves)
As first time home buyer, I feel being bullied by the builder and the real estate agent when they can promise a lot and be very sure about things they say, but their actions don’t match (in my experience only). Is it too much to ask for another inspection when hot water and kitchen is installed, power connected so we can check every single thing again before the settlement?
If you have similar experience, either buying a newly built unit or contracting with a builder to build your own house, please share…
Thank you guys.