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  • Samantha Reece

Tips for settling your apartment

There are many aspects about apartments that need to be considered before you formally settle on your new home and one of these is in fact your balcony.

After speaking with a number of key specialists in the area, I have gleaned some great tips which we will include in the Apartment buyer education kit.  But before then, here are some tips for consideration.

When it comes to your balcony we recommend the following:

  • Make sure that you step down onto your balcony from your apartment living area.  If your balcony is on the same level as your apartment there could be issues with back flooding.

  • Before you settle on your apartment you should request a flood test.  This is when a large amount of water is dumped onto the balcony to ensure that (a) the water drainage system is effective and (b) the tiling and tilt of the balcony allows for the water to move effectively towards the drain vents and prevents water pooling.  This flood test is a common request and hence there should not be any hesitation from the sales agent or developer to accommodate your request.  Alternatively (and as a second option) drop a marble on the balcony and monitor where it rolls.  Ideally it should move towards the drainage vents.

  • You also need to check the balcony’s grout, because of UV it does have a high level of degradation.  If the grout erodes and there is ongoing water on the balcony - this could ultimately affect the water membrane and the water proofing of your balcony.

  • Look at the underside of your balcony, as well as the apartment below, as you can see tell tale signs of water leaks ie white residue in a running pattern or mould.

  • It is also recommended you get a broomstick and tap the tiles on the balcony, especially in joints and perimeters.  If the tiles sound hollow this is also an indication of a tile that is lacking the adhering (called a drummy tile).

  • It is also wise to determine if the tiles on the balcony are slip proof

Furthermore, some development companies are in fact stipulating that the Water membrane manufacturer verifies that the water membrane has been installed correctly on the construction site and this then ensures a 10 year warranty (rather than 6 years with the Builder).  Buyers should inquire with the developer if these steps have been taken as part of their initial research phase.  If this step has been taken, then the Manufacturer would have supplied a certificate which buyers will be able to view.

To hear Sam's chat with 6PR Perth tonight on this topic click here.  Stay tuned as we continue to provide additional tips in advance of the Education kit being launched in July 2020.

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