Buying A Resale Flat Is A Significant Investment – Make Sure You’re Getting Your Money’s Worth By Taking Note Of These 6 Key Points!
Singaporeans often opt for a resale flat over a brand-new one, as they can move in right away, without having to wait. What’s more, many of these resale flats are situated in established neighbourhoods – think all the convenience stores and hawker centres at your fingertips! However, it is wise to take a few precautions before making your purchase, as a resale flat has previously been lived in.
1. Take a Walk Around the Neighbourhood
Be warned that the oft-used phrase “just three minutes” when describing the proximity of an MRT station or mall to a flat is likely to be an exaggeration!
Take it upon yourself to walk the route to assess the actual distance and speed, as this may vary greatly depending on the individual – a 25-year-old athlete can cover it in three minutes, while it may take longer for someone less able.
Test it out for yourself and make sure you don’t get misled.
2. Use the Compass Mobile App
Be sure to ensure that your unit’s main window is not positioned east or west; if it is, you’ll be paying more for energy due to the sunlight beaming in from noon until dusk. Furthermore, some vendors may try to pull a fast one by telling you it’s facing “north-west” when it is really just westward facing.
3. Check the Water Heaters
If you’re interested in a unit with a storage water heater, it’s important to check that it is functioning properly. Let the water run for a few minutes with the heater on and assess its performance – is the water still cold after a few minutes or does it only provide slight warmth?
If the heater isn’t working optimally, bear in mind that it can be costly to either repair or replace it and you may need to hire a professional.
If you’d prefer to avoid running the water, another option is to touch the wall near the heater. If it’s functioning properly, the area should heat up shortly after you switch it on.
4. Check for Potential Loanshark Activities & Evidence
Be sure to closely inspect any paintwork, as you might still find evidence of loanshark graffiti underneath – even if it’s been painted over.
A seller would usually clean off the marks before showing the flat, but you can often spot the graffiti in the stairwell or common corridor, especially on other levels.
Keep your eyes peeled – this is one warning sign you definitely don’t want to miss.
Be mindful that, even if you are not the main target of loan sharks, you may still be adversely affected. For instance, the troubles of a nearby unit could spill over and affect you too.
Pay attention as well if any private CCTV cameras have been installed in the common corridor. It could be for security reasons or it could be an indicator of loan shark troubles.
5. Visit the Flat at Different Times of the Day
The ideal time to view the flat might be when sellers suggest it, but don’t be misled: the peace and quiet between 2-4:30 p.m. isn’t an accurate depiction of the area. To get a better idea of what you’re in for, drop by the area at a busier hour – say, 7 p.m. – and you’ll be met with the bustle of an evening market.
Living close to a major road may offer convenience, but bear in mind that it also comes with the potential for increased noise pollution from traffic and MRT lines, especially during peak hours and late into the night.
6. Explore Amenities that are Important to You
Before you decide to purchase a flat, be sure to evaluate if the amenities in the neighbourhood are suited for your and your family’s needs; for instance, a neighbourhood mall could inflate the cost of your flat, but would you be taking advantage of its retail outlets and eateries?
Visiting the mall may not be worth your money if you hardly ever go. Moreover, if the eateries in the area offer food that doesn’t fit your budget or dietary needs, there is no point in having them nearby.
To take things a step further, take a trip to the park, nature walk, or bus interchanges and evaluate whether they truly enhance your lifestyle.
- Carry out an in-depth financial analysis to guarantee you are making wise decisions for the near future and can confidently stand behind your decisions.
- Also take your timeline and family wishes into account, plan ahead and provide your family with a sense of security so that you can proceed with peace of mind.
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