More and more people are hiring defect inspection companies, especially after the latest tranche of HDB BTO flats completed after the Covid-19 pandemic.
Some companies that specialise in checking for defects, such as Uncle Defect, even report a 20 percent increase in demand for their services.
This, even though more companies are entering the market and competition is heating up.
Such professional defects inspection companies report that the most common problems found in BTO flats are:
(1) Painting defects
(2) Shrinkage cracks
(3) Misalignment of doors or windows
(4) Misaligned and loose electrical points
(5) Debris stuck in floor traps
Flat-dwellers seem more eager now to get initial defects fixed before carrying out extensive renovation, so that they can have peace of mind when working with contractors later on.
HDB offers new flat owners a 1-year defects liability period to report any flaws or defects for necessary repairs.
It claims to have successfully rectified over 90% of reported issues within 14 working days.