Sunday, March 24, 2013

Top 5 things to look for when buying/renting a house

There are many things to look for when you are buying/renting a house. While buying a house, you may have some priorities and check-list. Also, while renting the house, you will have an eye on the rent and other agreement details.

In common, there are many things to look for when buying or renting a house and I have listed the top 5 things, I think, here.

(1) Good Locality
      It is important to see whether it is in good locality. It reminds different things for different sort of people. Good locality can mean one or many of the below
     (a) good residential place to live in
     (b) few good schools and hospitals around
     (c) friendly people nearby
     (d) Good roads, have office nearby
     (e) departmental stores and hotels nearby     
    The choice of above things depends on the sort of the people and the life-stage they are in.
(2) Ample ground water supply
     Water is a essential commodity and we require water for many things in our life. There should be a bore-well or well with ample ground water supply, which can be enhanced with 'Rain water harvesting' through rain water. If there is a way to get drinking water (Municipality water/ Metro Water) directly to our home, then it is well and good.
(3) Proper sewage disposal
      Another very important thing to consider. There should be a proper sewage disposal that can be done. If underground sewage connectivity is made, then it is better. That too, in this world of flats around, it is always to be safe than sorry. If there are more than 500 flats, there should certainly be a way for disposal.
(4) Good Connectivity
      There should be good roads around and good connectivity through nearby bus stand/railway station/airport. Based on your job/other needs, there is a possibility that you will have to travel at least infrequently in the future. Its always better to have good connectivity through all the means possible.
(5) Less Pollution
      It is another important thing to consider. Pollution is increasing day by day. The kind of noise pollution and air pollution that we experience, when we are traveling, itself is harmful. Its nice to have the house in a walkable distance (less than 1 km) to the nearby bus stops/railway station but not very near it.

Please provide your comments on what you think on the important things to consider while buying/renting a home. What are the things that you look for. Happy to hear.

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