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Congratulations on stepping into adulthood; now here’s one more thing as a cherry on top to symbolize being an adult: buying your own home! While purchasing your new home is a complex process that will take time to learn and discover, it’s important to find not only a home but also the location of the home that is suitable for you (and your partner, if you’re moving in with someone).

To find the ideal location of a property to call home, here are some 5 important things to consider:

1. What’s developing in the air? 

If you’re moving into a location that is not so developed yet, perhaps you’d like to talk to the developers and/or your city council to find out what will be built soon. This is important in order to know the upcoming key infrastructures that will affect the future price of the property, the population of the area, congestion, and such. Is your property located in a hotspot?

Some of these key infrastructures include access (roads and highways), healthcare services (public or private hospitals), educational centres (schools and colleges), commercial developments such as offices or shop lots, public transportation, and even new housing developments near your area that may utilize the same roads as you. More houses = more people = more congestion.

And if you’re purchasing a home in an already matured and developed area, it’s alright to poke around regarding the condition of the properties/infrastructure near you. You never know when a building will get torn down and rebuilt into a shopping mall or something equivalent, would you?

2. High ground or low ground?

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Is your home located on high ground or low ground? While some people may choose certain land levels for feng shui reasons, safety is one factor to consider when purchasing a home on these grounds. For instance, homes on higher grounds get a better view (of course) and perhaps fresher air, but it may be susceptible to landslides if it is perched too precariously on the hilltop. #justsaying

One thing to note about owning a property on lower ground is that a valley type of place could possibly mean water pooling when it rains, and thus your house may get flooded. Which leads us to our next point...

3. Rocky road or smooth sailing? 

When visiting showhouses or property, note the condition of the road you’re travelling on towards the property. If the terrain is uneven or littered with potholes, chances are that is the flood prone area during Malaysia’s rainy season. That’s dangerous for you, your car and your home!

Even if the potholes are constantly getting a cosmetic facelift (retarring of the roads), the problem lies in the foundation and the mixture of heavy vehicles and rainy weather could make the potholes bigger and worse. So if your home is close to a construction site or constant roadworks, heads up! If you still going to stay there, know what to do when the disasters come.

4. How many highways can you use?

If you’re living on the outskirts of town, the perils of having only 1-2 highways for the best access to your home is terrible, especially when it’s accommodating several thousand people within the vicinity. Malaysia’s traffic jam is not a joke. The morning traffic jam, the lunch-hour traffic jam, the why-is-it-jam-at-this-time jam, the rush-hour jam, the midnight jam (it happens)—imagine battling through all this with hundreds of other vehicles.

For convenience sake, it’s great to have many highways within easy access of your home; that’s why many developers tout it as one of their key buying factors. Having easy access (a.k.a. many highways) means that there are more alternative routes to use when travelling to and from home—although that could still mean more congestion at times but, hey, that also means you’re living in a pretty central spot, so kudos to you!

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5. What was the land formerly used for?

Cue all those ghost stories. We’ve definitely heard these stories before, such as a building is on what used to be a cemetery. Do you even want to imagine yourself living on a cemetery land? But despite the spooky factor, knowing what the land was formerly used for is a good indication of the condition of the land’s soil. If a housing area is developed over a land that used to be a swamp, this may affect the floor tiles and the houses’ foundation (cracks everywhere!), not to mention that unwanted insect/reptile friends will visit often.

On the other hand, if the land your house is sitting on used to be a spooky place... well, it certainly helps to consult a paranormal professional to advise you on that...

Location, location, location

There are obviously many other things to consider when purchasing your first home, but location-wise, these are the top things you should take note of. Homes should be not just functional, strategic and, of course, pleasant to look at and live in, but homes should also be convenient and not a cause of stress (we’re looking at you, crazy jams just to get home!!).

What is the #1 thing you’d consider in terms of location before purchasing a home? Whether it’s for investment or for your own living, share them with us and our fellow users so we can all learn from each other. Who knows, you might just save someone from a bad property buy.

Let us know below!

(By: Ashley Ooi)

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