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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. Ushansh Kumar says:

    That’s a nice checklist. Recommended for every new owner.

    • Bs81 says:

      Good checklist. I bought an apartment in Concorde Manhatton Electronic City, Bangalore. I am struggling with water leakage. Is there any agency in Bangalore who takes care of this issue?

  2. Venkat Krishnan says:

    Good checklist veryuseful for Purva Venezia owners especially Phase 1 owners who will be taking possession well before other amenities. Worthwhile getting legal openion on our agreements.

  3. Fehmida says:

    Thank you. This is very useful.

  4. Bharat Baxani says:

    Very good checklist. I am yet to take possession so this article would be very helpful to me. Although I am not sure if Parkstreet Builder is giving all the documents mentioned in the checklist above. Does anyone now how many documents we received from Parkstreet Management when we take possession ..?

  5. A Srinivasan says:

    Its a good check list and will be useful.

  6. shalini Ashok says:

    was not aware of all these, very useful, Must read.

  7. Mukesh Jha says:

    Apt topic for new owners. Check List should also include car parking marked for your apartment, Security of apartment / Area, general cleanliness and servicing.

  8. MADHU SINGH says:

    this is a very useful mail for every one ready for taking possession of a new flat.

  9. Sunil Kokrady says:

    Thank you for your excellent checklist for all new owners.

  10. Nanda says:

    This is a good check list. A useful mail

  11. Nipun Jain says:

    An Important Chech List….
    A Must read and a Must keep for every new Flat Owner…

    Remember that even a single point missed can cause grave problems later……..

  12. Rajesh says:

    Pre possession qulaity checks for apartment’s is also done by professional agency ‘ENVIVA Engineering Consultants’ contact number..9740222800

  13. LAHOTI SUNIL says:

    Good Checklist.
    Useful guidelines.

  14. pramod says:

    Thanks Very useful mail & a good check list for taking possession of new flat.

  15. Praveen Tatiya says:

    Very useful, please add more points to be check. like proper

    electric wiring with earthing.

  16. Narayan says:

    This checklist is very useful. Thanks for posting. I am from Nelamangala Clifton Park. Anybody could email me and expect return email.

  17. Vishal says:

    Thas cool…quiet informative :):)

  18. Dr.R.K.Sapru says:

    The brochure mentioned generator back up for lifts and AC gym. The same is not mentioned in the agreement. However, all to ensure that the same are provided before possession.

  19. Sujit says:

    Thank you for the info…!

  20. vinarja says:

    Excellent info, will be very helpful for a beginner looking to buy a new flat.

  21. karthigeyan says:

    This checklist is very useful. Thanks for posting.

  22. Gk says:

    What will we do if the measurement of the room is less than the offered size ?

  23. narendrakpuri says:

    Thank you for giving us such a useful information. Everyone must go through it.
    NK Puri

  24. Vikas Verma says:

    Hey, great article. I have a question though. This article talks about checking the list of amenities against agreement papers. However I have seen that most of the builders (infact for every appt. I have cheked so far), they don’t mention all the amenities in sale agreement papers. They say that if it is in brochure then they have to provide it. Is that true? Can there be ay legal action taken if builder does not provide what was mentioned in the brochure?

  25. Laxmi says:

    Thanks for the checklist. Its really useful to ensure that we get what was promised for the money that we are paying.

  26. Mandar says:

    Good stuff!!!!

  27. Nitin Saini says:

    Builder has to supply all those shown in brochure or mockup/dummy flat … bcos on basis of this he attcated you to buy.
    It is same like you can sue a rest/hotel if they do not serve you same what they show in their menu/publicity pictures

  28. Nitin Saini says:

    Builder has to supply all those shown in brochure or mockup/dummy flat … bcos on basis of this it attracted you to buy.
    It is same like you can sue a rest/hotel if they do not serve you same what they show in their menu/publicity pictures

  29. Sachin says:

    Hey. It’s a really a good checklist and will help alot for the new owner.Very soon I will take possesion in my flat(location: Crossing Republic, Ghaziabad). If any one ca provide me any other help specific to my location will hely me a lot.

  30. I have a question. If my flat is ready for possession… but the amenities for the township eg. Swimming pool, gardens, clubhouse etc, are still to be made, can the builder threaten me to take possession asap. This is because my builder has sent me a letter for cancellation of my flat (I still owe him a small amount through finance as the complex is not ready completely). How do I assert that if the whole project is not yet ready, it really is not resideable for us it is on the outskirts of Pune.
    Any help on this will be useful.

    • Sunit Uppal says:

      Hi Sunit,

      I am also facing similar issue at my flat in Ghaziabad.

      The amenities like parking, approach road, park, club, even electrity connection from govt. is not ready. Even builders has not secured completion certificate from the govt /muncipal authorities but they have forced us to pay the final amount (by sending a letter and mentioning failure to pay will attract penalties).

      We paid up and even builder handed over keys of flat to us with temp electricity connection (per unit chargeable @ 7 rs.) but now are stuck as we cannot register our flat with authorities due to absence of completion certificate and also living without the amenities promised to us.

      Its very discouraging and we feel helpless now…. just have to wait…

  31. DINEH KUMAR K. says:

    Very informative and useful for any new buyer of an apartment.

  32. Kedar Shirali says:

    Very good checklist. Even though the buyer may want to have all these i’s are dotted and t’s crossed before taking possession, I doubt any of the builders in this country are professional enough to actually ensure that all these things are taken care of.

    BTW, I had a question about completion certificate – is it necessary that the builder provide this before you take possession ? I have purchased a flat in Pune and the project is pretty much complete, but the builder is claiming that a completion certificate cannot be obtained yet as the muncipality has not provided water connection on account of water pipes being dug up for road widening.

    If anyone can shed light on this, it would be most appreciated.

  33. S Dutta says:

    Nice checklist. I’ve been asked by the builder to take possession of a flat that I had booked sometime back. After taking possession, I need to pay the final installment. Since this is the first flat that I’m buying, someone please share the sample of a correct format of an appriopriate possession letter – for taking possession of a flat (not constructed by a professional builder agency) in the vicinity of Haridevpur, Kolkata.

  34. Brihaspati Tripathi says:

    Thanks for making checklist for all. I really appreciate 

  35. Girish says:

     Its all just on documents non of the things work accordingly i had been a great experience with them and i lost my valuable time and money, any how i recommend no to buy an apartment . 

  36. Rohit Kumar says:

    A complete checklist which everybody has to go through before taking possession of a flat. I really appreciate it.

  37. Priyatom9999 says:

    Thanks for the checklist before taking possession, is very helpful at a time when u got so much in your to-do lists after taking possession of ur new home :)  

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    Great Job! I really like it.

  41. Issac says:

    Is it right to hold the original of the possession letter by the builder and only copy is given to the owner while taking possession.

  42. Abdul Kaleem says:

    It’s a good Check List.

  43. Y S Sarma says:

    Very useful info,as many builders are found to be not giving attention to Quality checks by themselves before handing over.It is left to the owner fo fend for himself involving close follow-up.More true in high-rise multiple bulding complexes (Towers).Thanks.

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  47. Venkat says:

    Kudos! Well explained article. Each and every citizen should know the above mentioned information before taking possession of your new apartment.

  48. Hiren says:

    Thanks for giving detailed info about the Important checklist one should be aware of before getting into a new apartment.

  49. Deben says:


    Thank you very much for this article. Please provide a little detail info about what all formalities will be mentioned in the “Possession letter”?

  50. Bhavya Pradeep says:

    Checklist is very informative. Good write up! Thanks for providing this info! I request you to update more information about sale deed.

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