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What To Look For In A Quality Apartment
12 Sep 2014

What To Look For In A Quality Apartment

There are many reasons someone would want to live in an apartment instead of a house. Cost for location is a point in their favour. People have more chance of affording an apartment close to a town or city centre than they would a house in the same location. Those who grew up in an apartment block often enjoy being surrounded by people and would be lost if they had a plot of land all to themselves.

When people view potential properties, they check out many of the same features that they would in a house, but with a few differences. If you are planning to move home, here is what to look for in a quality apartment.


People get upset when the elevator breaks down, and they have to climb the stairs to get to their apartment. Luckily breakdowns are rare, but it is bound to happen one day. How many flights of stairs can you climb safely? Maybe you have an illness that you must consider before buying a place in the clouds. Of course, if the building has two elevators, the chances of them both being out of order is small.

The apartment should also have a door entry system so you can speak to a guest, or even view them, before you open the door remotely. These systems have become standard these days in an attempt to keep the riffraff out of the lobbies.

The View

When you arrive at a location from Hamptons property list for Stanmore, check out the view. You don’t expect to see rolling countryside and the rooftops in towns are rarely attractive, but is the view acceptable? The local rubbish tip isn’t something you want to see every morning when you open the curtains.

The Size

Some apartments are small, but take note of the decoration in there. Is the current owner making the most of the space? Maybe they painted the walls a dark colour and the furniture is too big for the rooms. With a little work, you could make the place look more spacious than it does now.

The Windows

Do the windows feature double glazing? It is a vital product to help keep the place warm. The building might have featured metal window frames and single glazing originally. They do not provide the efficiency and level of comfort that we enjoy today.

The Heating

What form of heating does the apartment utilise? If there were two identical places except for one had storage heaters and one central heating; I would go for the central heating every time. It is much easier to control then the electric alternative.

The Bathroom

Bathrooms are notoriously small in many apartment blocks, so pay particular attention to the one you view. There are things you can do to make it look bigger and to make the most of it, so don’t despair if it lets the rest of the place down. You can work wonders with paint and mirrors.

Those are the main things to look for as I see them. There is no garden to worry about, and the security of the place is less of an issue when the only point of entry to the home is the front door. Now you have the facts, I hope your hunt for an ideal place goes well. You are going up in the world, after all.

Le Trung Thanh

With the passion to write and the mission to build as a Civil Engineer, he gloriously combines both fields to open more windows for learning and doors for development. It has been her big dream to own a home with the touch of Green Architecture and the simple elegance of Modern Minimalist Interiors.


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