things you must check before buying property

 

  • THE RIGHT PLAN: There are various payment options available in the market such as down-payment plan, flexi-payment plan, construction-linked plan and possession-linked plan. Experts say one must choose carefully, as generally there is a cost for every convenience. For example, in subvention schemes, the price is at least 10 per cent higher than what is charged under regular schemes. Customers must also understand that any late payment or default on the part of the builder in such schemes will impact their credit history. Then, there are guaranteed rental schemes under which the developer either pays you rent for a fixed period during construction or for a certain period after possession. In the first scheme, the buyer gets regular payments from the developer during the construction of the house, which helps him offset a part of EMI or rent costs. In the latter scheme, generally for properties which are outside city limits, the developer offers rental income after possession. But the fine print is that there is no guarantee.
  • SIZE OF THE APARTMENT: Builders generally mention super built-up area in brochures. This includes common areas such as staircase, lobby, etc. The carpet area of the flat could actually be 30 per cent less than the super built-up area. For example, a two-BHK 1,000 square feet flat could actually be just 700-750 square feet. It is advisable to always go by the carpet area, the area enclosed within walls. Divakar says, ” If you are looking to buy a plot for living at a later stage, it is advisable to first understand your requirement. Ensure that you check how much land (built-uparea) you will need to build your dream home. Topography and soil are the other vital factors.”
  • CHECK THE INFRASTRUCTURE PLANS: Metro connectivity or any other big infrastructure development in future linked to the location of the property you intend to purchase can boost the return on investment tremendously. Also, ensure that the property is not close to any polluting industry.
  • CHECK THE SITE: The layout in the brochure could be different from the reality. So, do a thorough site visit before booking the property. Interact with people in the neighbourhood as they may know about any illegal occupation or other legal disputes related to the property.
  • REGISTER YOUR PLOT: After selecting the property, you have to register it with the authority concerned for you to become its lawful owner. Surabhi says, “Through registration of sale deed, a person is able to acquire the rights of the property from the date of the execution of the deed.”Last, but not the least, do some research about the developer’s record in terms of total square feet developed, market feedback and project delays. Also, check the quality of its previous projects. Divakar says, “Be sure to search for any contingencies which may hinder the development of the property. For this, you can probably refer to or participate in various online real estate forums.