Automated Home Security: The Right Step Toward a Smart Home

Technology seems to be the need of the hour in combating a lot of factors that were out of our control a decade ago. There really was no way to watch over your house when you weren’t ‘at the house’. But, now security systems have changed our perception of home security, here are a few reasons why:

Installing the system is no rocket science

The idea of a fully digitalized security system for your home may sound like it’s going to be an expensive affair. However, the reality is that smart home security systems come at competitive prices as a result of their increasing demand. The cost of a home security system today is cheaper than buying a new fridge. The installation is even simpler with some model, sometimes omitting the necessity of an electrician to install. As an added bonus, most security systems come with app controls, this not only helps you with the installation process but also with the maintenance and customer support options. 

 

Burglars beware!

A smart home security system will generally detect a burglar before they even have a chance to cross the front door. Many home security sensors come with in-built alarms that trigger if they detect any form of movement in a specific area. Furthermore, it’s hard to miss a camera that’s aimed at your front door. Burglars are aware of this which is why homes with security systems generally have a lower number of burglaries than homes that don’t.  This makes home security systems effective against crime.  

 

Insurance is IN.

Insurance is a must. If you’re insured against theft, then the value of said items can be reclaimed from the insurance companies, luckily. However, the insurance agency will set up their own investigation process as many people just hide their goods and report them as stolen to get some extra money. Although this process is strenuous and takes a large amount of time to get your claim verified, what the CCTV cameras capture help you with insurance claims and police investigation.  

 

Home automation is the future

Smoke detection sensors, motion sensors, baby monitors, trip sensors, and heat sensors have made it almost impossible for an intrusion to go undetected. Furthermore, each and every component of your security system can be accessed, controlled, and monitored from your phone. Smart, right?

 

Take a good look at your smart home!

A smart home that has a security system, will include, cameras, fire detectors, sensors, and digital locks. For smart homes with elderly people and infants, this is a blessing. There are uncountable cases where the caretaker you hired for elderly family members are abusive and untrustworthy or the number of baby sitters that mistreat your child. A home security system means you can monitor your family members at any time and even look into potential problems that your hired help may be causing. These systems provide a feed to your phone so as long as you have an internet connection, you can check out your home and its safety from anywhere in the world. 

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Home Ownership: Buy or Wait?

There is no sector that is safe from the economic downturn imposed by the Covid-19 Pandemic of 2020. The normal relationship between supply and demand has been upended and businesses have had to completely change their operating perspectives. These are dubious times for both the buyer and the seller.

It is surprising then that most market experts feel that this is a very good time to be in the market for a house. The reason why home buyers are in a positive space is because they are at an unprecedented advantage to negotiate favourable deals on home options. Even more interesting, home buyers are looking at interest rates of 7.15% to 7.8% on home loans which is an all-time-low.

There are multiple factors at play here when considering this change. For one, there has been a mass exodus of construction projects across India. Many construction sites are empty simply because labour forces are either scared for their safety or have returned to their native residences. Secondly, of the 6.4 lakh apartments in the top 7 Indian cities, only 12% can be classified as ready to move in. This means that even large-scale apartment constructions have a long way to go before being fully ready.

The labour factor is failing for certain firms because of poor working conditions that have been prevalent for decades in India. Simply put, labourers are not paid even close to an appreciable amount for them to risk their health. The problem with independent contractors and vendors is a propagation of dated money-saving tactics which leaves with a workforce that is neither loyal nor motivated. The government understands this and is looking strongly into enforcing minimum standards for every construction labourer. Noting the devastating effect of the gaps in the construction chain, various state governments are also mulling over e-registration of construction documents and contracts cutting out the middleman entirely.

But the factor that every home buyer has to consider is where they stand in terms of capital. According to a survey done by ANAROCK Construction, roughly 40% of people who were prepared to go for their own property in January 2020 do not intend to start on those plans this year after the Covid19 Pandemic. There are many reasons that affect this decision but the strongest one is no doubt the complete lack of financial security. Many people who fall into this 40% have no source of income because of lay-offs, company closures and business debts. These people have unfortunately been on the receiving end of an economic crisis. These people were also focusing on getting their own home on the backs of home loans which in January 2020 did not have the attractive interest rates they do now.

But what of the other 60%? Well these comprise of people who had saved up capital for their home construction projects before commencing them. Those with saved capital are not banking on home loans and thus have a lesser requirement for a constant flow of income to finance their projects. This category no doubt has a strong advantage as now they are looking at substantially lower rates and they have a very strong ground for re-negotiations. It is understandable why they would want to continue with their plans as they are neither affected by an economic crises nor high construction rates.

Over 75% of prospective homeowners in India have suffered from offline property dealings and searches. Now with the pandemic forcing businesses to look at online options for their operations and catalogue, there is a paradigm shift for the construction sector around the corner. More firms are looking into technological strengthening and making a more robust online presence. These changes are applauded by the government as well with a prospect of online registrations of property documents. This would help bring back the value chain and make the concept of your own house not just affordable but convenient as well.

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Why You Shouldn’t Choose Non-Eco Friendly Pest-Control Methods

Regular pest control is an absolute necessity for the health and wellness of people and property. However, these treatments can be quite toxic to non-targets. No matter how thorough you are with your cleaning, if you do face an issue with an infestation, its always better to opt for an eco-friendly or natural pest control method. It’s safer for you, your family and your environment!

 

Collateral Damage

Chemical sprays can kill your plants and also damage soil, making it infertile. If your treatment area is anywhere near the garden, it can kill any flora within the affected vicinity. These chemicals also stay buried in the soil for a long time. With natural pest control treatments, only pesky insects are targeted, keeping your garden and your precious plants safe. 

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Health Complications

Any amount of exposure to these harmful chemicals can be dangerous to human development, reproduction, and the overall health of a human. Children or pets in the house are more at risk if left unsupervised. These chemicals will cause harm if they ever enter their bodies.

 

Lethal Side-Effects

Certain types of chemicals can eat away at wood and further damage your furniture, windows, and doors. Sometimes getting rid of those terrible termites using toxic pest control methods may lead to more nasty complications. Still not convinced?

 

The Pest Resistance

There is a possibility that bugs and rodents develop a resistance to chemicals over time. This resistance gets passed down from generation to generation making the GenX of pests more difficult to deal with. The pest-control treatments may sometimes render themselves useless. 

 

Affects Carbon-Footprint

When pesticides are applied or sprayed (even to a small area), they infuse with the surrounding air, water, and soil and stay there for long periods of time. This damages our ecosystem. Using an eco-friendly method reduces your carbon footprint and avoid further disrupting the natural balance of the ecosystem. 

 

Inconvenient Methods

Unlike non-eco-friendly pest control methods, natural pest control methods are odorless and non-lethal. Taking precautions such as covering food, cleaning out the fridge or evacuating the house will be limited as its an easier way to keep pests out without turning your home upside-down

 

Using natural pest control treatments gets the job done while ensuring that you don’t put our environment or your loved ones in harms way. With Housejoy, every pest control treatment involves the use of eco-friendly products used by experienced and trained professionals. So you can be sure that you and your family are safe. Although, we won’t say the same for those pesky pests.

 

The Right Light: Importance of Lighting in Interior Design

Sometimes it’s not the size of the room or the objects that make the space interesting, it’s about how it’s illuminated. Lighting will always be an important element of interior design and that holds good for both, natural and artificial ambient, accent, or task lighting .

Yours, Naturally

When it comes to constructing a new house or renovating an old one, prioritizing natural light can do wonders for the ambiance of a home. If adding windows or a skylight is out of the question, alternatives like reflective backsplash tiles, mirrors, pastel-shade curtains or light coloured wall paints will allow the light to bounce around the room. Research reveals that natural lighting has various positive effects on people. 

Light It Up. 

Smaller rooms or rooms with darker colours or without natural light can seem very cramped. Even those with much furniture or clutter. By spreading the light evenly, with the use of corner lamps or ceiling lights, you can create the illusion of space. In larger rooms, ambient picture lights and charming table lamps can make any space feel a little cozier. 

On a Lighter note

The right kind of lighting in the right place can enhance or soften other colours of the room. Since some dark colours can make a room look smaller, light can be used to illuminate the walls and give the illusion of a much bigger space.  Track lights can be used to soften the walls. If a room is rather dull because of the colours in it, a fun table lamp or a playful pendant light can shift the colour palette. 

 

Illuminated Interior

Lights should always serve a purpose. The placement and type of lighting can be different in each room based on how it’s needed. In large entryways, chandeliers do a great job of lighting up the large area. Wall light along a corridor, can shed light on the walkway plus make it look lengthier. Desks, display tables and the stovetop in the kitchen require task-specific lighting.

Lighten Up!

Lighting can change the mood and setting of a room. For example, a living room with neutral white-tone lights, warm white light, placed at lower levels in the bedroom has a calming effect. Installing coloured light bulbs that you can control through an app is great for setting the mood and brightness of the room.

 

Lighting is more than just a component that drives your electricity bill. It’s simple to create good lighting and with Housejoy, it’s simpler. Do it right and it can do more than create a beautiful living space, it can amalgamate different elements in the room, create harmony and make you feel ‘light’ at home! 

Renovation of Your Sacred Space: Your Bathroom Needs a Break Too!

A Bathroom renovation is tricky because of the pipework and the existing layout. But that shouldn’t keep you from getting the bathroom you’ve always wanted. If you’re thinking of remodelling or renovating your bathroom, here are some tips to help you get started: 

  1. To Do or Not To Do

Even though you’ll need a professional architect or a designer to help with the plans, it’s important you have a clear understanding of what you want. Decide on the colour scheme, the features, and fittings you want to incorporate and then discuss these ideas with the designer.

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  1. Search High and Low

Collect information and pictures of the spaces you love. Browse through books, websites, Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration. This will not just serve as a database for you to compare and plan your design, but will also give you introspect of your likes and dislikes – making it easier when faced with choices as you move ahead.

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  1. What’s the Plan, Phil?

When you plan your budget, consider the materials of the fittings, the kind of changes you’re making, etc. There will be things that come up during construction so remember to leave some extra funds. 

 

  1. Paint On!

Changing the colour of your bathroom is a great way to give it a new look. Re-tiling is expensive and very time-consuming. Repainting will also take more time than you expect because it has to be carefully done in order to avoid the tiles, fixtures, toilets, sinks, etc. 

 

  1. Renovation Means an Update

Update your faucets, showerheads, light fixtures, cabinets and more for a brand new look. Renovations are a great time to do your bit for the environment by choosing low-flow faucets and shower-heads and instant-water heaters. 

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  1. Go into the Light

Apart from installing new light fixtures, add windows and skylights and try to choose surfaces that reflect the light. During a renovation, its important you keep a  tab on the design as well and make sure you get your ample share of light in!

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Renovations can seem daunting but with the right people, the room can easily move away from being a place of function to a soothing space. Housejoy can put together a team that can give you everything you want in the design while addressing the layout, tiles, fixtures and colour schemes.

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Renovation Trends That Are Sure to Win Hearts In 2020

With change being the only constant, we humans tend to ‘change’ things periodically and that applies to all aspects of life, but for now we’ll concentrate on changes in the renovation industry! This year, instead of resolutions , how about renovations? Renovations are a great way to improve your mood, health and quality of life. Here are a few renovation trends that are expected to dominate the first year of the decade!

  1. Ace of Eco-friendly Space

With a lot more focus on the environment, more people are opting for green and sustainable lifestyles. The changes can be minute yet impactful, like replacing incandescent light bulbs with CFLs or installing showerheads that use less water. Bigger renovations like installing skylights or solar panels are great ways to save energy and reduce cost, while doing your bit for the environment. 

  1. No Paint. No Gain

Repainting walls, doors or even windows of a single room can make a huge difference to its ambience. In 2020, three-tone kitchens are expected to be popular. The colours of the wall, furniture and cabinets, all in complementary colours can create a pleasing asymmetrical pulse plus define zones or functions. 

  1. Lower Your Walls

This popular development will create quite a stir this year! It involves  an amalgamation of neighbouring walls or just no wall! Homeowners are opting for ‘more room’ by opening up living spaces. The living, dining and kitchen are made to resemble one magnificent room. This makes the home look larger and  feels a lot airier. 

  1. It’s Just Personal

Homeowners are now able to choose colours and patterns for almost anything. Fixtures like door handles, faucets, and even window sills can be personalized according to their individual taste. Mixed textures and fabrics, customized color blends, and tailored designs can make any house a unique home.

  1. Escape to Kitchen Islands

Kitchen Islands are truly adorable! They are becoming more functional, with additions such as  storage and seating space, some homeowners are squeezing in a cooktop, a bar, a food-prep area and more! The ‘ends’ of the islands are also being utilized, with options like a mini fridge, an appliance charging station or a pull-out chopping board coming into play.

You don’t have to follow the new year new you drill! It can mean a significant change ‘around’ you; your entire home or your favourite room, anywhere is a great place to start.  Call in the experts at Housejoy and let them bring your renovation vision to life.

 

Building Plan Sanctions in Bangalore: All about BBMP and BDA Plan Approvals

Building a house in Bangalore, without the proper authorization from the BBMP and BDA, you can be asked to pay a penalty or worse – your home or building can be demolished. Here are some key points to look at when it comes to following the right procedure with respect to authorization:

Khata

The first thing you need to know is the Khata of your plot. Plots can be of three types:

 A khata

B khata 

The Panchayat khata.

An ‘A-Khata’ plot is located within the BBMP jurisdiction and so the owner needs permissions and approvals from all authorities (BDA, BESCOM, and BWSSB). However, A ‘B-Khata’ is unapproved for the layout formation and is considered invalid for any official purpose and so the owner of this plot doesn’t require any permission to start the work. The plan approval process for a panchayat khata plot is simple and depends on their respective jurisdiction.

Building the Process

Online Submissions:

The approval form can be downloaded from the website. There are various forms depending on the size and nature of the project. There are other documents that need to be submitted along with the application, like title deed, latest tax paid receipt, foundation certificate, NOC from BDA, BESCOM and other authorities, etc. After paying the required fee and submitting all forms, everything will be verified by concerned authorities. 

Offline Application

For the offline process, all forms and attachments should be submitted, addressed to the commissioner, BBMP, Bangalore. The names of the registered architect, engineer, owner, etc. have to be mentioned. 

Water and Electricity application

Applications must be filled with BESCOM and BWSSB along with required documents and forms. Both have different processes and different fees/charges. 

Documents Scrutiny and Verification

     After submission of the BBMP plan sanction form and all other required documents, the authorities shall verify the same. This process will be completed within 30 days from the date of submission. During that time, you may be asked to provide missing documents or any other further information.

Though there are several BBMP Plan Approval agents, to ensure that this crucial process in your home-construction journey is done properly and without hiccups, you’ll need a trusted person helping and advising you along the way. With Housejoy, all legal work and government approvals will be done by highly qualified professionals. Enquire now for and start your hassle-free construction journey easily. 

 

#SharingJoy: A Housejoy Story

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If your Christmas wishlist contains the words ‘build a house’ or ‘renovate the terrace’, then it might just come true within a few months. We’ve made the process easy and hassle-free. Our packages are all about convenience and customization, because we believe that just like people, no two homes are the same. 

There’s no better gift for us than the joy we see on our customers faces after they avail our various Construction, Interiors, and Renovation services. Here is Mrs. Rekha’s renovation story! 

Construction or Renovation of a home is no easy task, a trusted helping hand is needed. Talk to Housejoy Experts today and start ticking the wishes off your list one by one!

Site Marking: The Basics of Construction Decoded

Construction Quality

Before you start constructing your house, read these set of articles. Be knowledgeable and woke. Get trusted builders and contractors to guide you better, as constructing a house is no easy task.  We thought that you should take a look:

 

Lets Map it Out

Once the design of the foundation is ready and finalized, the foundation layout it prepared and the site marking begins. Though the process and procedure might differ depending on the scale of the project, these are the brief steps that are followed.

 

You Reap what you Soil

Based on soil conditions, the pillar placements are identified and the corners of the building are marked. 

Base point is fixed and a rod is hammered in. From that base point, the baseline is laid using thread. 

The centre line, perpendicular to the long wall, is marked by making a proper angle. A right angle is set by creating triangles with sides of 3, 4 and 5 units long. A steel tape is used to fix all the dimensions. The formula is used here as √(L2+B2). Accurate centre or axial lines can be determined and marked by using a theodolite, an instrument used for fixing acute or obtuse angles.

The Ace of Base

 For a simple building layout, like a rectangle, the outline of the building is marked by a thread line tied to corner posts – a rod hammered into the post can be used to attach the line to. A theodolite, site square or builder’s square is used to calculate and measure the 90-degree angles for the remaining corners. Ranging rods may also be required to establish a straight line between the corner posts.

Hot Rods

For the corner posts, usually 50 x 50 mm timber posts are driven firmly into the ground, with a nail in the centre of the post. The outline can be marked on the ground with dry lime or any similar powder. 

Required material on marking day:

  • Threads — to tie and connect the rods
  • Paint and brush — to mark the walls
  • Chalk powder or dry lime powder — to mark digging area
  • Steel rods — to tie threads usually around 2-3ft long

Proper marking of the foundation is very important to ensure that the foundation walls are of the same size and are in the right position to be able to bear the load of the wall. Mistakes in the foundation will cause cracks when the construction starts and movement happens. Also, mistakes in the marking are expensive and time consuming to correct. That’s why it’s vital to get the right people for the job. Housejoy has an expert team of engineers and architects who use the most current methods and technology to make sure every step is done perfectly and accurately – right from the measurement of the foundation to the completion of the project. 

It Checks Out: Our List of 200+ Quality Checks

Construction Quality

Every construction project needs a checklist to maintain control over the entire construction, to help with inspection and to improve and measure the construction quality. At Housejoy we have our own system in place to ensure and maintain the highest quality standard for each construction project,

QUALITY CHECKS

Introducing CONQUEST (Construction Quality Evaluation System) – Housejoy’s in-house Quality Control Certification for all construction projects. All our projects in execution will be assessed and certified on the same quality standards which fall under CONQUEST. 

 

CONQUEST has over 220+ unique quality checks and measures to deliver stellar standards in home construction. The detailed checklist is attached for your reference covering all construction activities from start to handover.

CONQUEST

These are the main areas and a few examples of the kinds of checks in place:

Civil Execution

Pre Excavation (Site Survey, temp connections, documentations, cleaning etc) 

1. Check for Identification of REFERENCE BASE LINES & PERMANENT BENCHMARKS 2. Is the establishment of MAIN GRID LINES in both directions as per drawings?

3. Is the establishment of SUB-BASE LINES and BENCHMARKS as per drawings? 

4. Is the location of INDIVIDUAL STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS as per drawings? 

5. Are the MARKINGS OF BMs, CLs & GRID LINE as per specifications? 

6. Is the PROTECTION of SURVEY PILLAR up to mark? 

7. Is the establishment of BLOCK LEVELS acceptable? 

8. Is the preparation of EGL Map been done? 

9. Check for the control of SURVEY WORK in the vertical direction

Excavation

10. Is the EXCAVATED AREA cleared of all obstructions? 

11. Is the LAYOUT, ALIGNMENT & SIZE of excavation marked on the ground as per plan? 

12. Have adequate WORKING SPACES been provided all around? 

13. Is the FOUNDING STRATA suitable for laying PCC (i.e. is it free from any soft pockets. If not, remove and fill with lean concrete/sand)? 

14. Is the DRESSING of the excavated area acceptable? 

15. Is the STABILITY of side slopes acceptable? 

16. Is the DEWATERING of the waterlogged area acceptable? 

17. Has the DISPOSAL of excavated soil to the specified area been done? 

18. Have the BARRICADING & CAUTION SIGNS been provided for deep excavations? 

19. Are the JOINT INSPECTION RECORDS complete?

 

Backfilling

20. Is only QUALITY APPROVED SOIL being used for backfilling? 

21. Is the backfilling being done in LAYERS, as specified? 

22. Is the backfilled area being WATERED sufficiently? 

23. Has the COMPACTION been done as specified? 

24. Is the backfilling done up to the SPECIFIED LEVEL? 

25. Has the BACKFILLED LEVEL BEEN RECORDED? 

26. Has the DISPOSAL of surplus soil from the worksite been completed? 

 

Anti-Termite Treatment 

27. Is the treatment of the earthworks for the area COMPLETE? 

28. Has the loose soil been removed from the area and CLEANED?

29. Has RODING or CHANNELING been completed as specified (wherever applicable)? 

30. Is the CHEMICAL being used as per specifications? 

31. Is the CONCENTRATION of chemical emulsion acceptable? 

32. Is the spraying equipment (pumps & more) in GOOD WORKING CONDITION? 

33. Is the RATE OF APPLICATION of the chemical emulsion as specified? 

34. Check for UNIFORM APPLICATION of chemical emulsion PCC

35. Have the preceding activities for the area been completed?

36. Is the FORMWORK & DIMENSIONS acceptable? 

37. Is the MIX PROPORTION as specified? 

38. Is the PLACEMENT & COMPACTION acceptable? 

39. Is the FINISHED LEVEL as specified? 

40. Is the SURFACE FINISH acceptable? 

41. Is the CURING acceptable?

Concreting & Reinforcement 

Before Concreting 

42. Is the cleanliness of the area to be CONCRETED acceptable? 

43. Is the FORMWORK & REINFORCEMENT as per relevant checklists? 

44. Are the other preceding activities (fixing of inserts, embedment’s & service conduits, etc.) COMPLETED? 

45. Is the SUPPORT to forms & rigidity of the assembly acceptable? 

46. Check for provision of ACCESS PLATFORMS & WALKWAYS 

47. Check for provision and working condition of CONCRETE AIDS 

48. Has the sequence been explained to & understood by the CONCRETING GROUP? 49. Check for readiness of CONCRETE & FINISHING GROUP 

 

During Concreting 

50. Is the SLUMP of the concrete being poured? 

51. Is the CONTINUOUS FLOW of concreted being ensured? 

52. Is the POURING HEIGHT of concrete acceptable? 

53. Is there PROPER VIBRATION for the concrete to fit tightly against all the surfaces, reinforcements & embedment’s? 

54. Is the CONCRETE BLEND being poured in separate layers?

 55. Check for correct use of PLANT & MACHINERY 

56. Is the concrete being poured with INITIAL SETTING time of cement? 

57. Check for provision of CONSTRUCTION JOINTS, if necessary 

58. Is there LEVELLING & FINISHING of exposed concrete surface for planar structures likes slabs & pavements? 

 

After Concreting 

59. Check for suitable CURING ARRANGEMENTS 

60. Is the adequate amount of CURING being ensured for the specified period? 

61. Check for inserts and embedment’s EXPOSURE that are flush with the concrete surface 

62. Check for MARKING of location for service conduits & fittings wherever applicable 

63. Is there CORRECTIVE ACTIONS being taken for surface defects on exposed concrete? 

64. Check for removal of FORMS and its cleaning

Brickwork, Size Stone & Block Work Masonry 

Brickwork Masonry 

65. Is there AVAILABILITY of BRICKS as per daily requirements?

66. Is the work area CLEANED off of loose mortar, concrete, debris, etc. 

67. Is the ALIGNMENT & LOCATION of masonry as specified? 

68. Is the SUITABILITY & SAFETY of scaffolding acceptable? 

69. Check for wetting of BRICKS before using it 

70. Check for MORTAR MIX PROPORTION & JOINT THICKNESS 

71. Are the bricks being laid up with their FROGS UP? 

72. Are the dimensions, plumb level & right angles as specified? 

73. Check for BOND between old & new masonry 

74. Is the staggering of vertical joints being ensured? 

75. Check for the sizes of door & window openings 

76. Check for CLEANING & RAKING of joints 

77. Is the CURING for old masonry sufficient? 

78. Check for removal of DEBRIS 

Size Stone Masonry 

79. Is there AVAILABILITY of SIZE STONES as per daily requirements? 

80. Are the HEARTING, BOND, QUOIN & FACE STONES properly hammer dressed to 

obtain desirable shapes?

81. Is the ALIGNMENT & LOCATION of masonry as desired? 

82. Is the WETTING of size stones being ensured?

83. Is the MORTAR MIX PROPORTION as specified? 

84. Is the staggering of VERTICAL JOINTS being ensured? 

85. Is the THICKNESS OF MORTAR JOINTS as specified? 

86. Are the DIMENSIONS & LEVELS as per drawings? 

87. Is the PACKING of interstices within masonry with stone chips effective? 

88. Is the CLEANING & RAKING of joints being done? 

89. Is the CLEANING OF DEAD MORTAR completed? 

90. Is the sufficiency of CURING acceptable? 

Block Work Masonry 

91. Is there AVAILABILITY of BRICKS as per daily requirements?

92. Is the work area CLEANED off of loose mortar, concrete, debris, etc.? 

93. Is the ALIGNMENT & LOCATION of concrete block masonry as specified in the 

construction drawings? 

94. Is the SUITABILITY & SAFETY of scaffolding acceptable? 

95. Is the MOISTURE of concrete blocks before placing suitable? 

96. Check for MORTAR MIX PROPORTION & JOINT THICKNESS 

97. Check for BLOCK SIZES & WALL DIMENSIONS 

98. Are the dimensions, plumb level & right angles as specified? 

99. Check for BOND between old & new masonry 

100. Is the staggering of VERTICAL JOINTS being ensured? 

101. Check for sizes of door & window openings 

102. Check for CLEANING & RAKING of joints 

103. Is the CURING for old masonry sufficient? 

104. Check for removal of DEBRIS

Reinforcement 

105. Is the BAR BENDING SCHEDULE prepared? 

106. Is the bar bending schedule AVAILABLE for reference? 

107. Is the CUTTING & BENDING OF BARS as per BBS? 

108. Check for CLEANLINESS of bars 

109. Is the FIXING OF BARS correct as per construction drawings? 

110. Is the TYING OF REINFORCEMENT with BINDING WIRE satisfactory? 

111. Check for LOCATION of service conduits 

112. Check for READINESS of reinforcement to release for concreting 

Shuttering, Plastering & Waterproofing

Shuttering

113. Is the CLEANLINESS of forms acceptable? 

114. Check for assembly of scaffolds & shutters w.r.t. SHUTTERING SCHEMES? 

115. Check for provision & arrangement of SHUTTERING SCHEME 1

16. Check for RIGIDITY of assembled forms 

117. Check for CONFORMANCE of the assembled forms according to the DIMENSIONS, 

SHAPES, LINES & GRADE in the drawings? 

118. Check for SEALING OF JOINTS & HOLES in shutter forms 

119. Check for READINESS of shutter forms for release to fix reinforcement 

120. Check for removal of shutter forms & scaffolds after SPECIFIED DURATION 

121. Check for CLEANING of scaffolds & shutters (post removal) 

122. Check for PROPER STACKING of scaffolds & shutters (post removal) 

Plastering 

123. Are the PRECEDING ACTIVITIES like fixing of service conduits, water supply & sanitation lines COMPLETE? 

124. Check for RAKING of MASONRY JOINTS & HACKING on RCC surfaces 

125. Check for CLEANING & WASHING of masonry & RCC surfaces 

126. Check for SUITABILITY & SAFETY of scaffolding 

127. Check for REMOVAL of mould-releasing agent stains from the exposed concrete surfaces 

128. Check for AVAILABILITY of cement & fine aggregate for plastering 

29. Check for PROPER MIXING of MORTAR 

130. Check for MORTAR MIX PROPORTION 

131. Check for ADDITION of WATERPROOFING COMPOUND, if specified 

132. Check for completion of CEILING PLASTER prior to plastering 

133. Did the PLASTERING start from the top and worked its way downwards to the floor? 

134. Check for THICKNESS & NUMBER OF COATS of plaster 

135. Check for true level surface, right angles & plumb 

136. Is the MORTAR being consumed within the initial setting time of cement? 

137. Check for STRAIGHT EDGES, SHARP CORNERS & SMOOTH FINISH 

138. Check for ARCHITECTURAL FEATURES such as grooves, bands, etc 

139. Check for TRUE LEVEL SURFACE & SMOOTHNESS of plaster 

140. Check for REMOVAL of dead mortar & debris 

141. Check for SEALING OF OPENINGS in masonry for scaffolds 

142. Is the DATE OF PLASTERING marked on the plastered walls? 

143. Check for CURING ARRANGEMENTS? 

144. Check for curing up to SPECIFIED DURATION

Architectural Design Compliance

Tiling

146. Check for CLEANLINESS of base surface. Has the mortar and debris been removed from the work area? 

147. Have the preceding activities (fixing of doors, partitions, false ceiling, etc) been COMPLETED? 

148. Check for PROVISION of service conduits, junction boxes, etc 

149. Is the APPROVED PATTERN of LAYING available for reference? 

150. Are SLOPES for the tiled surface finalized? 

151. Check for availability of TILES & other construction aids 

152. Check for availability of TILING MASONS 

153. Is the MORTAR MIXING PROPORTION as specified? 

154. Is the THICKNESS OF MORTAR BED acceptable? 

155. Check for PATTERN of LAYING 

156. Check for the THICKNESS of JOINTS between tiles 

157. Check for TILING around doors, sanitary fittings, columns, partitions, etc 

158. Check the FINISHING of EDGES for cut tiles 

159. Check for the ADDITION of PIGMENT to cement, if required 

160. Check for CURING OF TILING for the specified period 

161. Check for CLEANING of tile surface 

162. Check for GRINDING & POLISHING 

163. Final check for TRUE LEVEL SURFACE, PATTERN, SURFACE FINISHES, SLOPE, 

etc 

Painting 

164. Are the MANUFACTURER’S SPECIFICATIONS for painting available for reference? 

165. Check for AVAILABILITY of APPROVED SHADE DETAILS 

166. Check for cleaning of WALL & CEILING. Is it free from dead mortar, dirt, dust, algae, grease, etc? 

167. Check for FILLING OF PITS or UNDULATIONS in the PLASTER 

168. Check for SUITABILITY & SAFETY of scaffolding 

169. Is the SCAFFOLDING erected away from the surface so as to protect the surface 

from being painted? 

170. Check for AVAILABILITY of sufficient number of plastic emulsion containers 

171. Check for availability of PAINTING GROUPS 

172. Check for PRIMER APPLICATION 

173. Is the PROPORTION of PAINT & WATER MIX as per manufacturer’s specifications? 

174. Check for the CONSISTENCY of PAINT 

175. Check for UNIFORM APPLICATION of PAINT 

176. Check the NUMBER OF COATS 

177. Check the INTERVAL TIME between two coats 

178. Check for REMOVAL of scaffolds & cleaning 

Doors & Windows 

179. Check for plumb for the doorframe w.r.t. MASONRY OPENING 

180. Check for FASTENING of DOOR FRAMES to walls by screws 

181. Check for PLASTERING of WINDOW FRAMES to walls by screws 

182. Check for DIMENSIONS OF JAMBS & REVEALS 

183. Final check for PAINT, SURFACE FINISHES & GLAZING 

184. Check for REMOVAL of protective coating & cleaning of the aluminium door before 

handover 

Civil Execution Waterproofing 

185. Is the BORE PACKING as per the specifications? 

186. Is the WATERPROOFING AREA free from undulation, broken edges & others? 

187. Have the loose particles been removed from the FLOOR SURFACE with putty blade 

& is the surface free from dust? 

188. Is the WALL TILE complete up to a minimum of 150mm above FFL? 

189. Is the WATERPROOFING COMPOUND MIX done as per the manufacturer’s 

guidelines? 

190. Has the REINFORCING STRIP been properly embedded & overlapped without forming any air gap in between? 

191. Is the area damp before BRUSH-ON WATERPROOFING and is the application being done with a clean roller/brush? 

192. Check if the ENTIRE SURFACE is COVERED completely with the first coat of waterproofing without any pin holes 

193. Is the FIRST COAT completely DRY and is it free from dust? 

194. Check for the PONDING TEST

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Electrical 

195. Is the FFL given from the PROJECT’S TEAM correct & verified? 

196. Is BUTTON MARK LEVEL on the wall for plastering correct? 

197. Have the BOXES been fixed according to the button mark? 

198. Are all of the FIXED BOXES in one level? 

199. Is the SPACING between adjacent BOXES correct? 

200. Are the required TOOLS for CHIPPING available? 

201. Has the RIGHT ANGLED CHIPPING been ensured at the corner of the chipped area? 202. Have the CONDUITS been inserted into the box? 

203. Is the PROPER SIZED BOX fixed? 

204. Check for completion of PROPER CURING for all the places where chasing/chipping has been done. Is it filled with CONCRETE/CEMENT MORTAR? 

Plumbing 

205. Are the latest GFC drawings for the activity available? 

206. Are all the REQUIRED TOOLS available? 

207. Has the necessary CLEARANCE from CIVIL EXECUTION TEAM been given to start the plumbing work? 

208. Has the CUTOUT been provided as per the approved drawings? 

209. Has the BLOCK WORK PLASTERING & WATERPROOFING been completed? 

210. Has the MARKING of INTERNAL PLUMBING LINES on the walls been done accurately according to the meter marking? 

211. Have the THREADED JOINTS been properly covered with teflon tape? 

212. Has the CONCRETE PACKING been done properly wherever required? 

213. Have the OUTLET LEVELS been levelled properly using spirit level? 

214. Is the height of PLUMBING FIXTURES as per drawings? 

215. Check for PROPER CURING for the concrete that has been packed 

216. As per requirement, is the PROPER SLOPE being maintained for sewage and wastewater lines? 

217. Are the SHAFTS for TOILETS, fixing of CLAMS using ANCHOR BOLTS for holding pipes in position been fixed away from the bore packing area? 

218. Is PROPER SLOPE being maintained for the same as prescribed in the drawings? 

 219. Check for the SOIL LINES connection to the inspection chambers at the ground level 

or at the basement 

220. Check if the WASTE WATER LINES are connected to the gully traps at the ground level or at the basement and then connected to the inspection chambers 

221. Check if all the TRAPS are sealed with a gunny bag & a layer of PLASTER OF PARIS at the top to minimise the choke up problem 

222. Check for the COMPLETION of PROJECT as per the floor plan & elevation 

Project Management

223. Ensure HIGH QUALITY MATERIAL management 

224. Check for ADHERENCE of project schedule at every stage 

225. Check for PROCESS ADHERENCE at every stage 

226. Check if QUALITY CHECKS are being done at every stage of the construction project 

 

Quality

CONQUEST has over 220 quality checks for every floor of construction to ensure compliance with established quality standards. In case of any issue reported by the team, it is immediately checked and resolved. So you have over 220 reasons to know your future dream home is in good hands.

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