You’re about to embark on the biggest decision of your life! (No, not getting married – although if you are, CONGRATULATIONS!) Buying a house is definitely a dream that many Malaysians would love to achieve.
Imagine, having your very own personal lepak space where you can invite your friends over for yum char or for a barbeque.
They can even bring their kids, who can play with your kids in the yard – and it’s definitely fun to see a new generation learn how to play (and argue loudly) during Police & Thief or Galah Panjang…
But before you get so excited that you sign the S&P (which stands for Sales & Purchase Agreement, in case you didn’t know), you will definitely need to ask a lot of questions and take a lot of factors into consideration. Well, you’re in luck: the Hartabumi team has prepared a list of 10 things you need to take into account before buying a terrace house:
Find the Right Spot
When choosing your new home, you will definitely want to avoid houses that are located either at the intersection of a road, near a TNB generator, or near a water treatment pond.
Your home is supposed to be your sanctuary of peace – which will not happen if you have total strangers parking in front of your gate all the time. Ditto for TNB trucks that come to service the power station, which is not safe to be around anyway, on top of being them noisy even at the best of times.
And you definitely do not want to have a room with a view that also comes with the SMELL of a view. Thankfully, these factors are easy to spot and avoid.
Quality Quarters = Solid Structures
It’s true that they don’t build things like they used to anymore, and houses are no exception. You would be very fortunate indeed if you are able to get a house made of bricks like those in the good old days, which are legendary for being rock solid and soundproof.
As such, when inspecting your prospective new home, take a good look at the quality and finishing of the workmanship – and especially make note of any defects and deficiencies, which could potentially cause you future problems that become costly.
Making Sure You Don’t Hit The Ceiling
If there is one thing that can drive you up the wall, it’s a low ceiling. Especially in this tropical paradise that we call home, having a high ceiling is essential as a simple yet practical and cost-effective way of creating comfort, because it helps with better airflow and air circulation.
And if you buy a house that already has a renovated ceiling, than that’s just cool – as cool as the house literally is, infact…
The Direction For Your Devotions
When you are fortunate enough to be able to afford a house, then you definitely should give thanks to the Almighty for such a blessing. In order to do so and to continue your devotions, then the direction for prayers (qiblat) will surely be an important consideration for you.
Always check to make sure that the qiblat does not face your washrooms, as well as to ensure that you have sufficient space to actually pray comfortably. In this way, your Heaven on Earth will make it easy for you to achieve the Heaven of the Afterlife.
Tanks A Lot!
A very important item to look out for is a suitably large-capacity water tank that is not directly connected to the main water pipeline. You never know when the next water shortage, drought, or broken pipe will hit your neighbourhood – and you definitely will be grateful for the thick tank when you need to use the toilet.
The old Malay proverb says that you should prepare your umbrella before the rain – in this case, you are storing water for a rainless day…
When visiting the site, be extra observant with regards to how the rays of the sun flow through the house. Sang Suria can definitely either make your home bright and bubbly or a blistering blaze.
As such, you should visit the house at different times of the day and night to see the effect for yourself. You will definitely prefer a house where the morning sun gently nudges you awake, energising you enough to start your day.
Avoid Disreputable Developers
Just as you would choose a restaurant based on the reputation of the chef, so too should you select a property that has been developed and constructed by a party that has a proven track record for quality, delivery, and after-sales service.
Nowadays, it’s very easy to compare and keep track of which developer you should bet your future on – and there are more than enough out there for you to choose from, no matter your requirements or (most importantly) your budget range.
So go ahead and be discerning when it comes to developers – trust us, it will be worth it in the long run.
Picture-Perfect Paint Job
Your home should be a place where comfort and cool are the order of the day, instead of being just a few degrees less hot than the saunas at Therme Erding.
As such, you need to make sure that the house you choose is already painted in bright and light colours, this is because dark paint actually absorbs and stores the heat that it is exposed to throughout the day. Not exactly the kind of hot steamy nights that you should be looking for…
Privacy Is Paramount
One of the major functions of a home is as a protective space, for you and your family. Therefore, you need to check that the important spaces – such as the kitchen and rooms – are hidden from direct viewing from the outside.
Preferably, the kitchen area should be located at the back of the house, tucked away from prying eyes and potential intrusions. It’s a small and simple step that will yield an important result: peace of mind and dignity.
Really Robust Roofings
The song Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head should just be a song and not a reality when it starts raining in your neighbourhood. A quality roof will ensure that come rain or shine, you, your family, and your furnishings will be safe and sound and as comfortable as possible. Additionally, fortifying your roof will also help prevent potential intruders or thieves from breaking in – a very good reason if ever there was one.
Hopefully, these tips from the Hartabumi team can help you select your Home Sweet Home – and the team is more than happy to help you celebrate your new digs by joining you for that BBQ that you are hosting. We’re free next weekend…