Your ultimate fantasy came true when you got the opportunity to work in Singapore. The Red Dot always fascinated you with its scenic beauty and diversity of cultures.
Now that you are in the country, you have a mandate of finding yourself your dream house to rent or buy in Singapore, ASAP. But you are stuck between what you need and what you desire.
With a little help from your agent or landlord, you seem to be lost among the tall buildings of the country. Don’t worry! Let us give you a quick guide to what you should be doing next time you go for viewing, but before we begin let’s start with a few basic prep we recommend even before:
- Don’t rush viewing – Dedicate 20-30 minutes to examine indoor and the same amount of time to examine outdoor and neighbourhood.
- Take note of the house you like – Write about what you liked and disliked. For quick reference: click pictures or take a quick video.
- Keep company if possible – Take your family or friend to have a second opinion on things and for better viewing and observation
- View it in daylight and do multiple visits at different times before you finalize.
- Analyze the property critically. Leave emotions aside.
1. When was the place last renovated? Does it require renovation now?
Ideally if maintained properly, a property which is continuously habited should be renovated or undergo deep cleaning and maintenance every five years.
If it is so in your case, it will mean the house is currently in good shape. However, if the renovations look too fresh, enquire about the reason for it. Chances are it might be done to conceal some faults.
Additionally, verify each area of the house carefully, look for dampness, cracked walls, bubbling paints, peeling wallpapers, ceilings or any other renovation requirement.
Estimate the cost of it and ask for deduction or compensation.
2. How spacious is the house? Does it fulfil your requirement?
Remember, an empty room will always look bigger than the furnished version of it. So, if the home staging is done, carefully analyze if there is enough room. The below should help:
- Check for storage space – Is there any built-in cupboard/storage area in every room and in the kitchen? If not, then is there enough space to accommodate wardrobe along with bed or other items of furniture?
- If you are going for an unfurnished apartment, do you have built-in space for refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine and other white goods? Or you have to allocate space within the vital area.
- Analyze the size of cupboards if it meets your requirement in every section of the house.
- Check if all your major furniture like bed, dining table, sofa, and other items will fit in the required areas.
If you are unsure, take a tape and measure each room and go and compare the space with your current place of residence.
3. How is the neighborhood?
A Word of Caution: You cannot change your neighbourhood easily. Go an extra mile to be sure it has everything you like or at least doesn’t have anything that you have low tolerance for.
If you like peaceful environment, then stay away from ECP or PIE. Alternatively, if you like the hustle-bustle of the city life, look for a place that has good food and shopping options close by.
4. Is your home future-ready?
One should always consider the long-term goals and its fallouts, before committing into a purchase or long-term tenancy. Ponder over things like are you willing to stay in the current job for long? Are you planning to get married soon or start a family? Can your new home accommodate all the changes that you are planning? Is it future-ready?
5. Have you tested the property thoroughly?
Drop your hesitation and emotion before viewing and check every aspect of the house carefully. A few things we would insist upon are:
- Are the window and door operating well?
- How is the security system of the house? Lock, fence, local security, neighbourhood crime rates. Walk around and look for “break in” signs or anything from Singapore Police.
- Water pressure and fittings – Water connectivity to all relevant spot like the kitchen, dishwasher, washing machine, garden area and so on.
- Wiring and electrical fitting – Do you need an extra connection for your devices? It is a good idea to mentally chalk the placement of appliances and determine any electrical layout modification if needed.
- Ceiling and dampness issue – It rains quite frequently in Singapore and be sure, you do not have seepage walls.
6. Is there any indirect cost associated with the property you plan to rent?
While viewing, make sure you make a note of everything that can add up to your living expenses. Analyze the indirect costs associated with the property which includes but is not limited to:
- Proximity to important places like the work area, MRT lines, shopping area, school, healthcare facilities will reflect on the cost of commuting.
- The cost associated with additional fittings and fixtures for your add-on appliances.
- Renovation cost if any eventually.
Lastly, just ask yourself do you really want to live here? Does this place make you happy? Is it already making you feel at home? If yes, then don’t waste another minute and get yourself this cool and comfy apartment. Otherwise, we at TRUrental are relentless and will find you your perfect abode.