Buying a house is more than just a significant financial milestone in India; it’s a deep-seated dream rooted in our cultural ethos. For many, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event, often the most expensive purchase they will ever make. As Indians, we are culturally inclined to check the quality of even the smallest purchases, be it vegetables at the local market or a garment at a boutique. This inherent need to ensure value for money must extend to our home purchases as well, but how well equipped are we to check the quality of a house? Do we know what to look for and what to scrutinise? This is where the importance of a comprehensive home inspection comes in.
What is a Home Inspection?
A home inspection is a meticulous evaluation of a property by certified inspectors. It’s designed to provide you, the potential buyer, with an understanding of the property’s condition and highlight areas that might need attention, repair, or further investigation.
A comprehensive home inspection in India typically involves:
- Civil Engineering Aspect Check: The property’s structural stability is examined to ensure safety standards are met.
- Electrical Aspect Check: Wiring, outlets, circuit breakers, and other electrical components are evaluated for safety and functionality.
- Plumbing Aspect Check: The plumbing system is inspected for potential issues with leaks, water damage, water supply, or drainage.
- Dampness Spot Identification: Damp spots on walls, ceilings, or floors are identified as they could indicate water leakage or seepage issues, leading to future problems.
- Carpet Area as per RERA: The carpet area of the property is verified as per the standards laid out by the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA).
- Specifications and Modifications: The inspection also checks if the specifications outlined by the builder have been adhered to and identifies any modifications made by the homeowner.
- Use of Specialised Tools: Specialised tools like thermal imaging cameras, moisture metres, and laser distance measurers are used to ensure a detailed and accurate inspection.
The Home Inspection Checklist for Buyers
The home inspection checklist for buyers is a comprehensive document, a roadmap that helps you understand the specifics of what will be inspected during the process. For a detailed understanding, you can refer to the ultimate home inspection checklist, which elucidates the expansive scope of Nemmadi’s home inspections, covering an average of 1100-1500 points in a 2000 sq. ft. house. 👉🏾 Check it out here.
Home Inspection Before Buying or After Making an Offer?
Home inspections in India are typically performed just before the last payment tranche is made to the builder. This approach ensures a current assessment of the property’s condition and aids buyers in making an informed decision.
The Average Cost of Home Inspection
At Nemmadi, the home inspection costs are calculated based on the property’s carpet area. Different rates apply for apartments and villas, and the pricing begins at Rs. 10,000 for properties measuring 0-1000 sq. ft., providing an affordable, meticulous home inspection for all buyer types.
Home inspection, often overlooked, is a critical step in the homebuying process in India. It doesn’t just offer peace of mind but also arms you with insights to negotiate effectively with the seller. So, before you sign on the dotted line, ensure a professional, comprehensive home inspection has been performed.