Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Safety and security are top concerns for home buyers, particularly in Metro Manila. With burglaries and crime becoming more prevalent, home buyers should consider the security of a home in terms of its location and structure. Here’s what to look for in order to assess a property’s safety and security.
Do a survey of the surrounding neighborhood. Is the property amid a quiet residential neighborhood or a lone house amid an industrial area? Some areas that are not secure immediately give off that vibe. Trust your instincts. Try to visit the property at different times of the day, and even during the night to see whether the streets are well-lit.
Consult with the local police or barangay officials and find out about the crime rate in the area. This will give you a more qualified idea of the security level of the neighborhood. Check for vandalism along the streets as these may be signs of criminal activity in the area.
Most home buyers prefer to buy property in residential communities, as the tight security in gated subdivisions and condominium buildings offers significant peace of mind. When buying into a residential community, ask about the area’s security. How many security guards are there? Do they have patrols making rounds at night? How strict are they with visitors?
Locks and CCTV cameras
When buying a house or condo unit that is ready to move into, check if there are locks on all the windows and doors. Note that locks with deadbolts are more secure than latches. If you’re buying a condo unit, ask whether there are security cameras too.