4 Things To Look Out For When Selecting A Condo Unit
Selecting the right unit is serious business. If you're on the hunt for a new apartment, make sure you've considered all aspects before you make a decision, as it can really affect the quality of life at home.
Our friends at PropSocial share some considerations every prospective homeowner should have in mind when picking their apartment unit.
1. The Sun
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Make sure your home is adequately lit with natural sunlight! Just imagine trying to dry your clothes in the balcony, only to be stunned by the fact that there's hardly any sunlight coming in. Let’s not forget the fact that lack of sunlight means higher consumption of electricity, and you may end up having to turn on your lights, even during the day.
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To prevent this, make sure you ask your agent the million dollar question - the location of the sun. Find out how that will affect the sunlight cast throughout the day and where the morning and evening sun will hit.
2. The Balcony View
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That view! That landscape! That scenery! The surrounding environment of our balconies must be pleasing to our eyes.
In fact, believers of feng shui tend to consider this first. They believe an ideal scenery can bring good luck and fortune; a beautiful view of the street lights with skyscrapers (picture the KL Tower and KLCC) at night would be magical!
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Sometimes, it may not be about selecting a great view, but avoiding a horrific one - like an abandoned hospital. Case in point: ensure your balcony has a view you wouldn't mind seeing day in and day out.
3. The Garbage Area
Staying in a unit located near the garbage area is definitely not ideal; it runs the risks of insects and all sorts of bacteria crawling in as visitors. Get your agent to show you the layout of the building, so you can find out its distance from your selected unit.
Also consider if your apartment has a garbage chute within the unit. While some might appreciate the convenience, do also consider that you may get odours wafting into your home from the chute!
4. Higher or Lower Floor
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Let’s start off the higher or lower floor debate with nature! The higher you go, the more wind you'll experience. While a cool breeze on a hot, sunny day is enjoyable, a thunderous downpour, coupled with strong winds is an unpleasant experience.
Also ensure that you have safety measures in place for areas such as your balcony, especially if you have children. One recommendation is to opt for invisible grilles, which does the job without ruining your view.
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For lower floors, noise pollution from traffic and the hustle and bustle of city life is a real concern, and can even disrupt your peace at night. The advantage of a higher floor unit is the very fact that it kills off the noises we often hear on a lower floor. If you’re someone who prefers a quiet environment, perhaps a higher floor would be ideal.
Hopefully, this article gives you a new perspective on selecting a new unit. Take extra care and ask for a second or third opinion to understand the pros and cons of a unit location. Keep these factors at your fingertips to manoeuvre your way to an ideal unit. You can also turn to PropSocial when in search of your dream home.
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