The terrace in row houses is accessible from all houses. Builders often do not provide high walls on the terrace, to demarcate individual properties. This raises major concerns, as explained below -
• Privacy – Your neighbours can look into your terrace, without so much as an effort. Without a high wall separating your terrace from your neighbour's terrace, you will always lack privacy.
• Trespassers – A low wall would allow others to trespass onto your terrace. They could damage your property, they could also freely use your terrace for their own purpose, such as use your clothesline to dry clothes, pinch your clothes clips or use your chairs etc. They could also steal your items.
• Litter – A low wall between terraces makes it easy for neighbours to throw their trash onto yours.
• Noise – Children can jump over terrace walls and create a ruckus on your terrace. The constant running of tiny feet can get irritating after a while.
• Contaminate overhead tank water – Some people have no respect for other people's property and they utilise it as their own. I once had a neighbour who used water from our tank, for construction purpose. This resulted in our tank getting filthy.
In view of the above, you can request the builder to construct a high wall, on your terrace.
The next concern is the lack of safety.
Builders may fail to provide a grill door, from the house to the terrace. The terrace requires a solid door, which is strong and cannot be broken down easily. Most thefts in row houses happen from the terrace. Burglars break into the house from the terrace. So, ask for a grill door, with a proper locking mechanism.
You may also ask for a fire extinguisher(s). water motor, filter, anti-cockroach drain trap in the bathrooms, grills on windows if not provided and a shed for the car.
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