Choosing the right apartment

2 08 2008
Apartment blocks, Kolkata
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It’s booming, mushrooming and raining houses in India.

After a lot of queries by the discerning flat buyers I would share few architectural tips on selection of right apartment. Because buying the right apartment would not only reduce your energy cost, but also fetch you greater sale/rental returns. No harms taking a measuring/sonic tape with you.

Avoid flats in the vicinity of aerodromes/railway lines, main roads.

Apartment having decks more of south along with some east sun is best-no matter where the entry is from. Ensure there is no pond, river, sea in that direction.

Buy apartments in the block which have a lot of trees and greenery in the west or a little north.

If you are planning to buy lower floors(4th or 5th). Make sure that they, especially the bedrooms, are not near the main entrance gates. For higher floors, ensure that the parapets should be solid (3′6″-4′ high)

Ensure the ceiling should be at least 9′ high and beams etc shouldn’t be visible. If visible you’ll have to shell in some interior makeover costs.

Try finding ones which have contiguous toilets. This entails maximum open views and ventilation.

See the drawing room. It should have 2-3 adjoining walls so that even if it is too small, it can accommodate maximum perimeter of sofas.

The dining and the kitchen are always near and it is like a lobby. Check that it should at least have a 5′ and 7′ adjoining walls so that a dining table can be well placed without cramming the chairs.

The bedrooms should be in such a way that you walk minimum to go to the wardrobe, toilet and balcony. If you are a right hander then look for a place for the study table so that light enters from the left. Also TV should be in place left or right of the light source.

Checkout for a small latticed drying balcony in NW or SE.

Your entry should be as near to lift but as far from noise from neighbor’s transit. (Former adds value by minimizing vestigial area).

It is not necessary that flats having a 90 degree angle are the most functional.

You are investing your hard earned money into a one time house. Act wisely. Consult your local realtor and technocrat for further advice.

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Earn money by saving

31 07 2008
An apartment estate in Singapore. Such blocks ...
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We are really into lot of created debt. How?

We are influenced by circles. We do have a lot of friends-some praise us and others not. We are impressed by our friends-by passion and fashion. We are unsatisfied lot if we see our circles do make a lot of trips abroad, have a luxury sedan and a plush villa etc etc.

Does this circle works for us. Yes it really does. We buy a daily care product through network marketing without realizing it was an instilled fear which created a need. We buy a TV just thinking that we would showoff the world. So, aren’t we living just for ourselves but for the society.

To buy the product, just think how it should be like. Go to sites like mouthshut.com & rateitall.com etc and have reviews of the products. They even show the comparative analysis. Buy a thing which suits your temperament. The reviews can be really helpful in finding a product in your imagination near to your budget.

Plan your budget and post purchase monthly expense on the maintenance of the product. Like you plan a car, don’t get mistaken by a less price. Actual expense would be service, insurance, spare parts and fuel etc.

Make a volumetric, weighted and time deliverable measurement standard. When you compare this, you will find the product which offers you the real value for money. Also include the future appreciation of the money.

We do earn a lot, but we spend a lot. Why not we save the money which is also an earning. We can always calender our events with friends, fix up convenient timings and multi task our trip. So we save $5 on fuel in a day. Wow. We run our ACs at 28 degrees and save $1 a day..not bad.

Invest in land on barren crests.

We take up value for money apartments and save…$250 a month…amazing. We buy our daily items and filter out what we really may not need in future. Another $1. Think, keep going and remember to post the feedback, even if bad.

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An old legend says

15 06 2008
Drunk water
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A competition was organized between two groups-demons(asuras) and angels(devatas). The elbow of every member was stiffened with a stick and amrit(holy water) was put in the hands of everyone and asked to drink it.

Demons tried the whole day; but how could they drink it without bending their elbow in order to bring their palms near their mouth. So everyone raised the hand and spilled the amrit.

Angels just took one minute. They offered the water to their fellow mates and everybody became immortal.

So, my resolution is to give. So let’s live long:-)

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