If you’re thinking of renting an apartment or villa in Ciputra Hanoi, there are a lot of things you need to consider. You might have been living with your parents for more years than you care to remember, have seen your family grow and leave, or just be starting out life with a new partner – how do you choose the apartment that’s most suitable for you?
Do you want a Ciputra apartment or a villa to have a garden? If you choose a garden, you will need to maintain it. This means you will have to do the gardening yourself, or pay someone to come and take care of it. A garden adds seclusion to a home, but can also bring security risks, as it also provides a cover for burglars.
How many floors do you want in your home? If you have mobility problems, you will be looking at a single storey home or a ground floor apartment. If you want a retirement home, then this is something that you should consider for the future. Are there lifts to the different floors, and is there someone who can help you in and out of the door?
Is there space to park your car off the road? Is there attendant parking? Is there a car port or garage? How many cars can you park? If there is one shared car park, check to see how considerately the other people park their cars. Have you got a designated space?
Are there enough bathrooms for your family? A master bedroom with an en-suite is always nice.
What ecologically sound initiatives are built into the apartment? Are there solar panels, ground-source heat pumps, water saving devices?
How much are the bills for this apartment? You will need to ask about rates, rent, water, electricity, gas etc.
How much will the annual maintenance costs be? Are there any other costs, like parking fees?
How close is it to local schools? It’s always great for your kids to know other kids in the local area, and if they can walk to school, that’s even better. A good school nearby is really essential if you have children. It can shape their whole life!
How close are the shops? If there is a local parade of shops for necessities, that is great, but you also need to consider how near the nearest large town is, for larger purchases. Where is the nearest petrol/gas station?
Is the apartment in Ciputra on a busy street? Near a motorway? Next to a nightclub? All these things could make it noisy at night. On the other hand, you want to be near local amenities. If you gym is over the other side of town, and you go there daily, perhaps you should look at a nearer apartment/
How new is the apartment to where you work? Is there public transport? Could you walk? How long will the journey take you – don’t forget to factor in traffic jams at peak times.
OLD OR NEW
Some people love the charm of old villas in Ciputra, with their nooks and crannies and the history that goes with them, while some people like brand new, contemporary styling. Let your Vietnam real estate agent know what you are looking for so that you don’t waste time looking at houses you just don’t like.
Is it close to your family? This might not be an issue now, but if your parents get frail, you will want to be within easy travelling distance of where they live.
What a lot to think about! A new home is a big investment, and it’s worthwhile taking time to choose the right one for you.