Friday, January 3, 2014
With many local developers building new communities all around the metro, location is a top concern when choosing to invest in a property. Here are some considerations you need to look out for when selecting your home's location.
Find out how much time it will take you to get to work from the potential property’s location. Try driving the route during morning and evening rush hours, and even in between if you can. This will help you gauge what your everyday routine will be like once you settle in.
Public transport may also be a consideration for people who regularly commute to work. Know the modes of public transport that are accessible from the property's location. Is this an agreeable mode of transport for you? Do you prefer taking the MRT instead of jeeps and buses? These are some things you will need to decide on.
Explore the nearby roads and neighborhood. Is the property situated alongside a busy road or a major intersection? Heading out of your home to meet heavy traffic at all hours of the day may not be your ideal routine. The noise coming from the busy streets may also be a problem. However, properties near busy roads are usually accessible or near prime locations. This might be a trade-off you want to consider.
Check nearby facilities to see if there are reputable schools or hospitals. If you have children, it would be most convenient to have a school that is within walking distance or just a little drive away from your home. Hospitals are also important for emergency situations. Markets and grocery stores should also be ideally near your home so you won’t have to go out of your way to buy what your household needs.
Know the housing density of the location as this will affect the level of privacy and security of your home. The more people living in the area, the less privacy and security you have. A packed area exposed to more people will also have a busier atmosphere for your home life.
Consider airplane flight paths, and check to see if planes fly over the property location. Flight paths will make for disturbing noises, particularly during the night.
Neighborhoods are an ongoing process of development. What you see now may not be the same as what you’ll see in five or ten years from now. Find out what the city or the developer has in store for future plans. - Aislinn Kee