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Special Report 專題報告 | Text : Rebecca Lo | Photo : Rebecca Lo, www.squarefoot.com.hk | Unless your name is Li Ka-shing or Walter Kwok, buying a property in Hong Kong is likely going to be the most expensive single transaction you will make in your lifetime. Many novices and even some seasoned homeowners get sucked under the showflat’s spell, and expect their new apartment to look just like that mirage. When it comes to key handover though, most people have no idea what is acceptable and what constitutes shoddy workmanship. Independent Third Party That is where the services of Tsim Chai Nam come in. He and a handful of similar independent building inspectors provide a necessary service in a city bullied by real estate clout. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University-trained civil engineer and clerk of works will act as your advocate during the handover stage, drafting up a report based on his observations 買樓可能是一生中最大的投資,新樓的 示範單位美輪美奐,不少準買家參觀 後為之心動,即時作出置業決定,豈料收樓 一刻,因未有徹底驗收單位,入住後才發現 一大堆問題。 獨立驗樓 畢業於香港理工大學土木工程系的資深驗樓 師詹濟南,擁有豐富的建築工程知識及經 驗。驗樓是買樓的關鍵環節,目前香港只有 少數如詹濟南般的獨立驗樓師,為欠缺經驗 的普羅大眾提供驗樓服務。詹濟南會把觀察 所得的瑕疵寫入報告,方便日後「執漏」或 賠償。除了新樓外,他亦會檢驗二手樓,協 助審閱裝修工程的報價單。他的團隊的驗樓 效率十分高,可於一小時內即場為一個500 至700平方呎的兩房單位撰寫報告。 新樓買家可在收樓後7至14天的寬限期內驗 樓,並向發展商提出需要執漏的地方,發展 商之後會按要求修補單位。詹濟南表示: Sherlock For Homes 驗樓兵團 Tsim Chai Nam explains why private building inspectors can help save new homeowners a lot of money in the long run 樓宇質素大檢閱 on what he sees as defects. Although he mostly inspects newly built homes, he also examines second-hand properties and assists with reviewing contractors’ quotations for renovations. And he’s quick: for a typical 500 to 700 square foot, two-bedroom flat, he and an assistant can produce a defects report on site within an hour. Here’s how it works: for newly completed flats, owners get a grace period of between seven to 14 days to check out the unit and report anything unsatisfactory to the developer. Those defects will then be fixed to an acceptable standard for occupancy. Tsim will conduct his inspection within that period according to his checklist. “I will start with a tapping test on walls, ceilings, doors and frames, to check the structure,” he states. “I’ll then check the windows for possible leakage and the floors, especially the floor around the 14


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