Defect Liability Period (DLP): 3 Checkpoints For Property Inspection In Malaysia
What Is The Defect Liability Period?
How Do I Prepare For The Defect Inspection?
- Does the property match what was promised by the developer?
- Do all the fixtures and appliances work?
- Is the workmanship satisfactory?
- Your new house keys (all of them)
- Your Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) containing the original floor plan
- Measuring tape (that can measure the entire floor space of a room; not those flimsy paper IKEA ones!)
- Masking tape/label stickers
- Marker pen
- Note book
- (Optional) A foot stool or small ladder to inspect high-up places
What Should You Inspect?
Checkpoint 1: Does The Property Match What Was Promised By The Developer?
- Using your measuring tape, measure the actual built-up area of every room. Compare against the floor plan given in your SPA.
- Count the number of lighting points, electrical points and sockets. It should be the same number as in the SPA.
- Count the number of ceiling hooks for fans or lighting.
- Check for broadband point and gas point (if applicable).
- Check that all given appliances and fixtures in the bathroom, toilets and kitchen are as per listed in the SPA. Also check:
- Sink, taps and toilet bowl are the correct brand
- Aircond, fan units, and compressors are the correct brand and model
- Fridge, oven, stove top, and cooker hood are the correct brand and model
- Shower heads are installed
- Kitchen cabinets and counter top are the correct material
Checkpoint 2: Do All The Fixtures Work Properly?
- Turn on all the taps and showers, and flush all the toilets to check for water pressure and drainage. Make sure all drainage systems and water holes in bathroom floor and sink, as well as kitchen floor and sink are not blocked.
- Check all the bathroom fixtures are complete. For example, do the toilets all have seat covers? Do the shower heads have all the nozzles in place?
- Turn on all the appliances and run them for a little while. If it’s an aircond, it may take a moment to get cold as it has not been used for a while.
Checkpoint 3: Is The Workmanship Satisfactory?
- Check the ceiling and the wall for any cracks, water damage, or bad paint work.
- Check on floor tiles, bathroom wall tiles, and kitchen back splash for any misalignment.
- Knock every single tile and if you hear any hollow sound, put it on the repair list.
- Check all doors, door frames, hinges and knobs to make sure there’s no dent, scratch or misalignment, can be properly closed and match their keys. Try a couple of times.
- Repeat step above for all the windows.
- Make sure the glass on the sliding doors and windows are properly installed and not cracked.
- Make sure the vanity mirrors in the bathroom are properly installed and have no cracks.
- Check for any trails of dried cement, varnish or paint on any part of the house.
- Shake the railing on your balcony to make sure it is properly installed and firm.
What To Do If I Find A Defect?
How To Submit Your Defect Report?
What Happens After You Submit The Defect Report?
"Contact neighbours who have similar difficulties in getting defects rectified. There is power in numbers, and you can share tasks to lighten the load. The main objective is to convince the developer that you are serious in getting the defects rectified properly."
Now You Are Ready To Renovate!
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