Demand up for home defect inspectors

More owners of new homes engage firms to do checks to avoid future repair costs

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Demand for home defects inspection is rising, with industry players citing a 20 per cent increase in business since 2015. Defects inspector Joelson Sim offers tips on how to spot them.
Defect inspectors conduct a number of checks, as shown by Advance Inspection's lead inspector Joelson Sim. From top: Mr Sim demonstrating the use of a spirit level to check the gradient of the floor. He checks the drainage for any debris that might l
Defect inspectors conduct a number of checks, as shown by Advance Inspection's lead inspector Joelson Sim. Mr Sim demonstrating the use of a spirit level to check the gradient of the floor (above). He checks the drainage for any debris that might lead to clogs. Mr Sim uses a network cable tester to check if the data point in the home is working. PHOTOS: PHILIP CHEONG, BENJAMIN SEETOR
Defect inspectors conduct a number of checks, as shown by Advance Inspection's lead inspector Joelson Sim. From top: Mr Sim demonstrating the use of a spirit level to check the gradient of the floor. He checks the drainage for any debris that might l
Defect inspectors conduct a number of checks, as shown by Advance Inspection's lead inspector Joelson Sim. Mr Sim demonstrating the use of a spirit level to check the gradient of the floor. He checks the drainage for any debris that might lead to clogs (above). Mr Sim uses a network cable tester to check if the data point in the home is working. PHOTOS: PHILIP CHEONG, BENJAMIN SEETOR
Defect inspectors conduct a number of checks, as shown by Advance Inspection's lead inspector Joelson Sim. From top: Mr Sim demonstrating the use of a spirit level to check the gradient of the floor. He checks the drainage for any debris that might l
Defect inspectors conduct a number of checks, as shown by Advance Inspection's lead inspector Joelson Sim. Mr Sim demonstrating the use of a spirit level to check the gradient of the floor. He checks the drainage for any debris that might lead to clogs. Mr Sim uses a network cable tester to check if the data point in the home is working (above). PHOTOS: PHILIP CHEONG, BENJAMIN SEETOR
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There is a fresh item on the must-do list of new Singaporean home owners: Spending a few hundred dollars to ensure their new homes are in good condition to avoid future repair costs.

Many are signing up for home defect inspection services once they collect their keys, fuelling a growth in an industry that has low barriers to entry.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 04, 2018, with the headline Demand up for home defect inspectors. Subscribe