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「我會先利用金屬棒敲擊牆壁、天花板、 門和框架,檢查屋內結構;然後到窗戶及地 板,尤其是地板邊角有否滲漏。如果窗戶有 裂縫,颱風來時便很麻煩,窗口滲漏往往是 最嚴重的問題;最後是洗手間、廚房、嵌入 式櫥櫃及各式設備。」 自2000年成立驗樓公司以來,他只收過六宗 投訴。他笑說:「那些投訴倒是真的。有次 我剛巧病了;另一次則是因為陽光太猛烈, 令我無法專注視察單位。」 在他檢查過的單位中,質素最差的那個,屋 內超過半數的入牆櫃未裝嵌、所有水渠塞 了,連浴缸也沒有水龍頭。他表示:「當時 我建議業主拒絕接受單位,他卻不同意。不 過,我從未遇過零瑕疵的單位。最好的一 次,我們檢查了一個早上,發展商隨即解決 了所有問題,當天下午即可入伙。」 perimeter of a flat. If there are any cracks in the windows, it signals trouble during typhoons. Window leakage is often the biggest problem. I’ll then look at the bathroom and kitchen, checking the built-in cabinets and fixtures.” Since he started his home inspection business in 2000, Tsim’s reports have only been challenged six times. “The complaints were valid: I was either sick that day or the sun’s glare prevented my seeing the property correctly,” Tsim recalls. The most incomplete apartment Tsim has inspected so far was a flat with half of its cabinets uninstalled, all its drains blocked and a bathtub with no faucets. “I recommended the owner not accept the flat, but he disagreed with me,” shrugs Tsim. “I have never inspected a flat with zero defects. The best case scenario was one where we inspected in the morning and the developer was able to fix everything on the list for the owner to move in the same afternoon.” For his services, Tsim charges $4.50 per square foot for the average 500 square foot flat. While some may feel that they can do just as good a job themselves, most don’t know what they should be looking for. At the same time, he cautions owners not to be overly picky. “If a flat contains more than 50 percent defects, contractors won’t want to touch it because they know the owner will continue to find their work unacceptable. I find that expats owners are the pickiest. Many gweilos have high standards and take on the attitude that contractors must do whatever they say. I will only include an item on a defect list if it can reasonably be corrected and I use the same standards for every developer and every flat. It has to be fair to the contractor, too.” 15


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