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How to measure the construction quality of a project?

The definition of quality is often a hotly debated topic. While it may seem intuitive, when we get right down to it, “quality” is a difficult concept to define with any precision.

The most fundamental definition of a quality product is one that meets the expectations of the customer. However, even this definition is too high level to be considered adequate.

In order to develop a more complete definition of quality, we must consider some of the key dimensions of a quality product or service.

Measure the Construction Quality

Owning a luxury home is the dream of every person and it is not merely a status symbol. Though status plays an important role in it, it is more about enjoying all the comforts that you could think of in your home. In India, the term ‘luxury’ is often misused; as you can see almost every second project being termed as a ‘luxury project’, while all they offer are basic amenities. So, before getting into the nitty-gritties of the entire ‘luxury’ scenario in India, let us first define what exactly classifies as a ‘luxury’ property.

When you purchase a property, it is obvious that you want to be sure of its construction quality because you end up spending almost every penny of your savings on it. It is true that in recent years, many newer and better technologies have come up, that promise quality and security as far as the sturdiness of the property is concerned, still, it is always better to have a closer look. After all, it is a matter of your life. You should never invest in a property that you suspect is made of lower quality materials.

Without the presence of an efficient construction authority, there tends to be a rampant corruption, mismanagement and project delays, that result in compromising the quality. These structures made from low quality materials, are more susceptible to structural and safety malfunctions and pose a potential danger, not only to the inhabitants, but also to people living in the immediate surroundings.

The worst thing about such defects is that most of them might not be even visible. For instance, a person who is not well versed with the architectural science won’t be able to find out if the property is structurally unsound. Now, the only option is to get the entire structure reviewed by an independent artist, who would probably give an unbiased opinion.

Checking the quality of construction is not an easy task. Here is a basic checklist to help you understand the construction quality in both township and apartments:

The essence lies in the soil

The soil on which a building is built is very important. Its quality depends on composition, which differs from place to place. For instance, a clay rich soil will have a tendency to shrink and expand depending on moisture. All builders conduct a soil test before starting construction. You can ask for a copy of the results and get it inspected from an expert.

Will it last? Understanding structural design of a property goes a long way in determining its quality

It is very difficult for an amateur to make sense of the structural design of a place. However, you should always ask for the copy of the design created by project architect and get an independent expert advice on it. By independent expert advice we mean that you should consult an independent architect for a thorough, unbiased assessment of the property. For instance, the building should have the strength to withstand earthquakes of a certain magnitude.

Mix it Well

The concrete mixture is determined by the amount of load that structure is supposed to carry. More often than not, the builders closely monitor the concrete mix. To ensure utmost safety, it is always better to ask the builder for certification of concrete mix provided by the testing laboratory.

Quality of external fixtures is of utmost importance.

When builders construct a project, they usually provide it with good quality fittings. But, it should never be assumed, because sometimes, builders promise something and deliver something else. Always check if the fixtures such as bathroom fittings, electrical wires, etc. are of good quality lest they might start leaking after you move in. Bad quality fixtures not only cause great discomfort to the inhabitants but also can be dangerous at times. You should always look for the ISO mark given by the Bureau of Indian Standards on the fixtures for complete assurance.