10 Things You Should Know Before Buying an Apartment

10 Things You Should Know Before Buying an Apartment

After spending some time in renting business you’ll realise that you should stop throwing away money on rent month after month, and buy a house or an apartment. If you are going to buy your first apartment ever, then in this article will show you a checklist of things that you should verify before buying. I’ve made this list because in future I’ll want to buy an apartment for me, and I want to be aware of things that I need to know before buying, avoid unpleasant surprises and of course invest carefully in my future.

  • Decide on the area you want to buy an apartment. This may involving spending some time in that area or at least doing some research at home.
  • Before you buy, research the market to make sure you are getting value for money. Talk to independent valuers and real estate agents, and check recent sales in the area. Don’t rely on advice from the developer or their agent. This is particularly important if you are buying off the plans. You want to know that the value of the finished apartment will reflect at least what you paid.
  • Visit as many places as you can looking for properties that fit your criteria, so you’ll have a good idea of what your money buys.

Now let’s say you’ve found an apartment …

  • Check that the property you are interested in is close to the facilities you require., for example shops, public transport, parks, hospitals, schools, work, gym, etc. – A valuable tip if you want to earn some time.
  • When you choose to live in an apartment consider whether the building is close to clubs, cafes or other live music venues. What is the amount of passing traffic – will it be noisy at peak hour ? Will the noise affect your lifestyle? It is a good idea to arrange an inspection of the building during the evening or during peak hour traffic before you agree to the purchase. – Now I have an apartment near a non stop bar, and from time to time people get drunk at night and make a lot of noise.
  • How old is the building? You should consider the age of the building.Are any facilities likely to require repairs or replacement? It is strongly recommended that you obtain an architect or engineers report on the building before deciding to buy.
  • What are the security measures for example, can anyone walk into the building? Are there any security cameras?
  • Does it have a balcony so you can enjoy the view or afternoon sunshine? Or are you blocked by other buildings or facing the wrong way for the sun?
  • What are the maintenance charges? Many people don’t think at this aspect when they buy a new apartment. They will generally cover the municipal tax, property tax, assessment tax, water charges, common electricity charges, elevator charges and charges for hired help, like the garbage cleaner and security. Find out how much is the maintenance charge, what is includent and now included in the charge. For example, car parking charges may be separate.
  • If you have a car this must be an important question to ask. Will car parking be provided and do you have to pay extra for it? Check with the seller of the apartment if his/ her parking slot will be made available to you. If your previous owner did not have a vehicle, speak to the secretary of the society and ask for a parking slot.

Now I’m sure that some of my readers might have some valuable tips to share on this topic. Feel free to post a comment with a tip or an advice, and the most useful tips will be published with your name & website in this article.


  • Valentin April 24, 2007 at 16:04 PMLogin to Reply →

    Hi Michael.

    I probably woulnd`t be able to write a such a nice article. Thank you for sharing this tips.
    Why I woulnd`t be able to write it ?
    becouse I would use :

    “Now let’s say you’ve found an apartment …”

    .Try to find out what kinda neighborows are around, what are them habits, what and how they are. Even a shallow research may be usefull to avoid future missunderstandings with them …

    “. Check …. ”

    Anyway, you are bookmarked :-).

  • Alex April 24, 2007 at 20:22 PMLogin to Reply →

    Great article! How about a “10 things to know before RENTING an apartment” article for us “bottom-feeders” though? ;)

    I will be forwarding this link to several of my friends.

  • J April 24, 2007 at 20:25 PMLogin to Reply →

    Good tips but, some proof reading would have made this much less painful to read.

  • phd April 25, 2007 at 08:59 AMLogin to Reply →

    hi! nice article! im sure buyers know what they want. don’t forget tho, deal only with professional real estate brockers who can give you many apartments to choose from… to add to your article, buyers should be aware of:

    1. location and accessibilty (police, schools, church, market)
    2. security and emergency provisions
    3. amenities if any
    4. the value of the apartment – exterior look and interior finishes, built in features, favorable views thru the window etc.
    5. association dues to be paid monthly?
    6. all the basic provisions should be there – elevator for more than a four storey building, parking, full time hot and cold water supply…

    regards! :)

  • Michael April 25, 2007 at 09:41 AMLogin to Reply →

    Phd – Thanks for your contribution. :)

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  • Jesse March 28, 2011 at 01:27 AMLogin to Reply →

    So first off, congrats for being the first link to show up when someone searches “buying an apartment” in Google. I’m pretty sure most real estate companies or agents would pay good money for that.

    Anyways, to get to the point of why I decided to comment on your blog I couldn’t find this article more useless. You basically just explained the thought process of what any functioning human being experiences when thinking about buying an apartment. I’m pretty sure that the bullet points you mentioned are the first things to pop into their head.

    Oh and I’m not sure if you’re foreign or just slow but grammar is actually pretty important, especially if you want people to actually read your blog

    Basically I feel less intelligent (or as you would say, “more stupider”) for reading this article.


    PS. – burn

  • Jesse Haynes March 28, 2011 at 17:05 PMLogin to Reply →

    Oh and btw you can’t actually “buy” an apartment; you rent them. What you are referring to is what we call a condo.

  • Max April 6, 2011 at 13:05 PMLogin to Reply →

    I would say “Really find out who are the neighbors and how well the building was built”. I curretly live in an old building and I can hear my neighbors’ TV and how this one guy walk on the upper floor.

    At this point I’m buing a new apartment in a relatively new apt. building (2007) and it is very nice. Now just waiting to sign all my papers =)

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    I am new to buying building I would like to learn how to buy a building with
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  • keller williams realty December 3, 2013 at 11:08 AMLogin to Reply →

    Wow, finally found a nice article having many helpful tips for a new buyer.I liked very much the tips like reaching as many places as possible and finding the correct value of property so that no one can cheat the innocent buyer.The representation of article in two parts is undoubtedly exceptional providing knowledge about security,maintenance and taxation.Thanks for such a nice article, keep writing!

  • Sean February 2, 2015 at 18:08 PMLogin to Reply →

    I have been through many apartments and have had a full spectrum of experiences. I am currently getting into the process again which is why I have been reading through some articles on the subject. I can say that your advice to see as many places as possible is simple, but extremely valuable. If you see a lot of places, chances are that one or two will stand out.

  • Ashley Reed March 20, 2015 at 21:03 PMLogin to Reply →

    Knowing how old the building is can be really helpful. You’ll know what kind of interior, and plumbing the building might have, before you ever go inside it. You’ll also be able to know how worn it might be, and if you’re looking for a specific look, it will be easier to find. Thanks for the fantastic tips, these are really helpful!

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