I recently got keys to my new home. The journey has been hectic yet very enriching. Despite being equipped with the knowledge of, and contacts within the interior design industry, there’s still so much to discover when embarking on the journey on my own — getting down to the nitty-gritty (like the colours of the internal carcasses of cabinetry, the types of hinges, which way I’d prefer the door to swing etc.) that I wouldn’t necessarily pay that much attention to after renovation is done. Well, that was during the design conceptualisation of the home.

Went full steam ahead after key collection, and one of the first things I had to do was to check for defects in the home. Because my apartment is furnished with flooring, doors, wardrobes as well as fully-furnished kitchen and bathrooms, there were more things to pay attention to.

After a firsthand experience, here’re some quick tips on what you should look out for when checking for defects:


We started off checking for hollow tiles. This problem exists due to incorrect installation and you’d want to fix it because a hollow tile may mean it is less stable and more prone to popping over time. Simply use a coin or metal rod to detect for inconsistent sounds when you knock lightly against your tiles. Have a look at the video below to see how a hollow tile is detected.

Next, we scrutinised the surfaces for scratches, cracks or stains. Remember to equip yourself with a torch light as you might not have activated electrical supply in the home during the defect-checking period and as such certain areas in the home might be dark.


Check for tough stains, scratches or discolouration. You’d want to file these defects for cleaning or polishing as there could be stubborn spots, which require industrial cleaners to completely remove them.

Drain covers and other stainless steel fittings

Take note of rust on fittings, especially in the kitchen and bathrooms. We were unfortunate to have spotted a rusty drain cover and oven door, but they should be as good as new once defects are fixed!

Door frames and above cabinetry

Remember to bring a ladder to your new apartment too, as you’d want to check that the top of your door frames and cabinets are properly sealed. If gaps are spotted, request for a new layer of sealant to be applied so dust, insects and humidity will not penetrate into these exposed crevices.

Windows and glass doors

Take note of scratches or cracks on windows in all rooms, as well as glass doors such as those in the shower area in your bathroom, or at the balcony. Not just about aesthetics, existing cracks or defects in these areas may pose danger in your home, so be sure to check thoroughly.