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Checklist before Taking Possession of Your New Apartment

Comments(61) Sub Category:House Possession,Real Estate Trend Posted On: Apr 21, 2010

Today property is one of the secured investments where you will get a profit or good deal on your investment within short period. Increasing demand for property, cuting down on interest rate and easy registration process has attracted more property buyers to invest on their dream home. Checklist for taking possession helps you to ensure that the property or apartment are build according to plan and there are no cracks or major repair works required after taking possession of your new flat.

Important checklist for possession of flat or home

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  • List of amenities: Some builders or developers offer or promise a list of amenities for an apartment you are buying. They include amenities such as playground, lift, swimming pool etc. After completion of construction, buyers or investors find that builder has not provided all amenities as per promised or agreed. Check your agreement to see the list of amenities and make sure each one is provided as per specification.
  • Doors and windows: Ensure your apartment is provided with required doors and windows for proper ventilation in all rooms, including bathroom and kitchen. Improper ventilation can cause numerous problems in future. Ensure all the sliding door/windows work smoothly.
  • Wall Painting: Wall painting need to be checked before taking possession of home or flat from the builder or developer. Some builders or developers provide single coat wall painting in some rooms instead of double coat. Check if all walls have double coat. Exterior painting should be complete along with window and balcony grills.
  • Cracks on the wall: Look for cracks in the foundation, ceilings and walls, which indicate movement of the structure caused by settling, soil expansion. Check for cracks on the walls, especially between electrical sockets.
  • Drainage outlets: This is one of the important things you need to check before taking the possession of flat or home. Clogged outlets are a menace if not rectified before you move in. Water collects in bathrooms, kitchen and balconies and creates a mess. Check if all Drainage outlets such as balcony, bathroom, kitchen, utility, etc. are working and not clogged.
  • Check for Leakages: Check if all bathroom fittings are as per specification. Check the working of taps and bathroom fittings. Ensure there are no leakages when opening or switching on taps. Make sure the granite platform in the kitchen is not leaking. Pour a bucket of water on the granite platform and observe for any leakage below it. Check the hot and cold mixer. Also check for water flow from kitchen, bedrooms, and hall. Slope should be towards bathrooms or the terrace. Make sure water is completely draining out and not accumulating at one place. Observe if any leakages are seen in your bathroom. These leakages can cause major headaches later.
  • Check switches and plug-points: Make sure that all the sockets, plugs and bulb holder are connected to the main supply. Also check if main fuse in the house is controlling complete current supply. If you have an inverter, ensure the supply shift to the inverter if the main switch is switched off. Check if all switches and plug-points are working. Check if the extra electrical sockets/switches you had asked for are provided as per requirement.
  • Measure size of room:Some builders or developers divert from the sanction planned resulting in reduction in the size of rooms and bathrooms. Ensure that all rooms are provided enough space. Measure the hall, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom sizes.
  • Safety measures: Ensure that your building is constructed according to safety rules provided by the fire department and National building code. Check if your gas leak detector is working by burning a piece of paper and allowing the smoke to fill the kitchen.
  • Possession letter: If your building or apartment is provided with all amenities, size of rooms is as per approval provided and you have checked all things in your apartment, it is time for taking possession of your flat or home. While taking possession of the flat or home, ensure that you have received all documents from the builder. 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 etc are some of the important documents required from the builder or developer during possession of the apartment.

61 Responses to “Checklist before Taking Possession of Your New Apartment”

  1. Sanjay.Shrey says:

    I agree with the whole idea of your article. I also had to face tough time while taking possession of new flat. Especially I was cheated with the Wall Painting which was done using fake materials. I suggest each and every one of you to be aware of each and every fittings, amenities that comes with the apartment.

  2. azim says:

    very informative cheklist.keep on enlighting us on the subject.what all to look for if someone purchasing a house or villa in gated/non gated community?any specific information vis a vis acquiring property in hyderabad.

  3. vamshi says:

    I am taking ready to move in flat in hyderabad, do i need to take any complition certificate from any authority

  4. vamshi says:

    i am taking position of ready to occupy flat in hyderabad, what documents i need to take from builder & govt agencies

  5. Dhiraj says:

    I am searching for buying a 3BHK Flat (Carpet Area of 1000 Sq. Ft or more) in a gated community with basic amenities like Children’s Park, Gym, Swimming Pool, Function Hall etc. in and around South Kolkata near Metro Station. Suggest me on the legal documents i need to take from builder & govt agencies while purchasing the flat as per Govt. of West Bengal (Kolkata)

  6. vivek tiwari says:

    i am taking possession of flat from builder what are the papers required from builder,do i take noc from any govt.bodies?

  7. Sandeep says:

    Very Informative, doew builder really provide with the below listed ducuments?
    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 etc are some of important documents required from builder

  8. vinny says:

    Really appreciate all the points mentioned in the checklist, but was wondering if there is any professional authority or organisation that is engaged in checking these things out because on the face of it all looks good only a professional will be able to see through these things.

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