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Checklist first. Cutting the cheque, next

Published on Monday, February 29, 2016

Buying or even contemplating buying a luxury apartment in Bangalore is a lengthy, and at times, an arduous process. Simply because there’s a lot to deliberate on before you make one of the biggest decision of your life. While there are umpteen factors (pivotal and trivial) you should diligently scrutinize before getting the housewarming cards printed (or maybe just designed considering it’s a digital world now), there’s one key factor that should never be ignored. Making a checklist, that is.

Most often, when visiting any property you get carried away by a single factor that either lures your eye or entices your mind. Like exquisite interiors. Or an affluent neighbourhood. Even that international school close by could do the trick. What then happens is, your focus shifts and you make the biggest decision of your life in a fit of impulsivity. Truth be told, acting on a whim is something most people have no control over. However, to avoid such situations, all you need to do is prepare a simple yet extensive checklist of your requirements, priority-wise and compare them with the properties you visit.

Why the checklist, you ask? Well, we know you’ve got your little checklist already prepared. A checklist that lays emphasis on aspects like the brand, price, space, and location. Question is, is that all?
Not really. What you need to prepare is a comprehensive checklist that encapsulates every important aspect. And see if the property has, if not all, most of the features.

Here’s how we would segregate the checklist - in four parts.

FACTOR 1 - FEATURES
Price.
Space.
Number of homes (Community living).
Distance to work, school, supermarkets and shopping.
Distance to entertainment centres.
And cultural centres.
Transportation options.
Parks available.
City services.
And overall location.

FACTOR 2- INTERIORS
Square feet.
Size of the bedrooms and bathrooms.
Size of the living and dining room.
Space for appliances and fixtures in the kitchen.
The laundry room.
The utility room.
Followed by walls, flooring, ceiling, carpeting, fireplace, lighting and layout, to name a few.

FACTOR 3- EXTERIORS
Garden.
Landscaping.
Side access.
Paved driveway.
Parking.
Amenities area.
Ample open spaces.

FACTOR 4- SYSTEMS
Security.
Heating.
A/C.
Ventilation.
Energy saving.
Insulation.
Electrical.
Plumbing.

The checklist mentioned above is just an example of how you could prepare one for yourself based on your individual priorities. Add to it or subtract from it, just make sure you have a checklist of your own. Once you have it and find a home that matches it, you could go ahead and cut that cheque.

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