If you are looking to buy a new or older apartment, there are many overlooked features that will directly affect the liveability and value of the apartment. Below is a checklist to ensure you purchase the right apartment for you. [Read below or download and print]
☐ 1. CHECK SIZE AND LIVEABILITY
Apartments are often priced on $ per square meter rates. When comparing apartments to buy, not all size comparisons are equal. Carefully study the layout and design for liveability. An apartment may appear larger than the next on paper but offer an inferior liveability design or features.
⌘ SAILSARA apartments include: Large floor space, house-like features, and meticulous liveability design.
☐ 2. ASSESS CAR PARK CONFIGURATION
The car parking configuration will significantly impact the current market and resale value of an apartment. Like a house- double side-by-side car parking is the most convenient and valuable configuration. Tandem parking, car stackers, and single car parking configurations are inconvenient and will significantly decrease the value of an apartment.
⌘ SAILSARA apartments include: Two side-by-side car parks.
☐ 3. CHECK CAR PARK FLOOR SPACE INCLUSION
Check the car park floor space is NOT included in the total floor space measurement to ensure you have a true indication of an apartment’s size.
⌘ SAILSARA apartments include: Car park SQM’s are NOT included in apartment’s floor space size.
☐ 4. CHECK APARTMENT’S CAR PARK TITLE
Accompanying apartment car parks can be offered on (a) the SAME title, or (b) a SEPARATE title. Separately titled car parks can affect your exclusive use (what you can and can’t do with the space e.g. added storage) and can negatively impact the value of an apartment. Car parks on the same title give you complete ownership and exclusive use. If the car park has existing storage, or you require additional storage options in the future, include this in your Contract of Sale.
⌘ SAILSARA apartments include: Both allocated car parks are on the same title and are purchased as exclusive use to each apartment. Additional storage options are available.
☐ 5. VISITOR & BICYCLE PARKING
Does the apartment building offer visitor car and bicycle parking?
⌘ SAILSARA apartments include: Resident bicycle parking in the secure basement car park. Visitor car and bicycle parking are available outside the basement car park for security purposes.
☐ 6. CHECK CEILING HEIGHT
The standard ceiling height for an apartment is 2.4 meters. Apartments with higher than average ceilings give a feeling of space and luxury and add value to an apartment.
⌘ SAILSARA apartments include: High ceilings throughout.
☐ 7. CHECK RUBBISH CHUTE FACILITIES
Check the apartment has a rubbish chute facility located on EACH floor for your convenience or you’ll be heading to the basement every time you take the rubbish out!
⌘ SAILSARA apartments include: Rubbish chute facility per floor
☐ 8. CHECK HOT WATER SYSTEM LOCATION
Check the location of the internal hot water system. Often hot water systems are located in a bedroom wardrobe or a cupboard marked as storage, resulting in unusable wardrobe or storage space.
⌘ SAILSARA apartments include: Hot water system is located in a dedicated and concealed cupboard with allowance for additional storage above the hot water system.
☐ 9. CHECK AIR-CONDITIONING LOCATIONS
Firstly, check the location of all internal air-conditioning units to ensure they meet your requirements. The ability to isolate areas will reduce electricity costs. Secondly, check the location of the external unit. Ideally, all external units will be located together in a dedicated air-conditioning area. External units located on apartment balconies are unsightly, will reduce balcony space and usability and blow hot air onto the balcony when running.
⌘ SAILSARA apartments include: Separately controlled air-conditioning to all living and bedrooms. The external unit is located in a dedicated air-conditioning area in the basement.
☐ 10. CHECK LIFT ACCESS
Lift access per floor is an obvious convenience and adds considerable value to an apartment. Additionally, check the buildings lift service agreement with the lift provider to know how quickly the lift will be fixed if problems occur.
⌘ SAILSARA apartments include: Lift access to all floors and basement. Service level agreement in place Kleemann, response times between 30-120 minutes.
☐ 11. CHECK KITCHEN & DINING AREA CONFIGURATION
As the kitchen and dining areas are the heart of a home, carefully ensure these areas meet your needs.
☐ Does island bench accommodate stools?
☐ Is there enough bench space?
☐ Is the sink single or dual?
☐ Is there a dedicated microwave space with accessible power point?
☐ What size dining table will fit?
☐ What is the fridge width opening? Will your fridge fit?
☐ Are the cupboards soft close?
☐ Are the fixtures and fittings quality?
☐ How old are the appliances, are they under warranty?
☐ Is there directional lighting over kitchen workspaces?
⌘ SAILSARA apartments include: Island bench casual seating, dual stainless steel sink, space for 6 seater dining table, a wide 950mm fridge opening, custom soft close cabinetry, all new BOSCH appliances (with warranties), feature pulldown sink mixer, strategically placed directional LED lighting and stunning over bench feature pendant light.
☐ 12. CHECK LAUNDRY CONFIGURATION, SPACE & STORAGE
A separate, dedicated laundry room with ample bench space, sink and storage is the most liveable option and will significantly add value to an apartment. A “European” laundry is simply a two-door cupboard often with minimal storage and bench space. Check the laundry space allows the washer and dryer to be stacked for maximum space and storage.
⌘ SAILSARA apartments include: Separate laundry room with bench space and cupboard storage.
☐ 13. CHECK BATHROOM CONFIGURATIONS & FINISHES
Carefully review the dimensions of the bathroom and placement of the vanity cupboards, shower, and toilet. Take note of space allocation for opening doors and shower screens. Floating vanity units are modern and create a feeling of space. Check toilet lids are soft close. Do the showers have recessed shower niches for in-shower toiletries? Is the tiling floor to ceiling? Are the fixtures and fittings quality? Are the power points conveniently located?
⌘ SAILSARA apartments include: Large bathrooms with walk-through showers (no doors), floating vanities with stone benchtops, soft close toilets, recessed tiled shower niches, floor-to-ceiling stacked tiling, silver slimline matching fixtures and fittings.
☐ 14. CHECK APPLIANCE, FIXTURES & FITTINGS WARRANTIES
Check if the apartment has any warranties in place for appliances, fixtures, and/or fittings. Brand new apartments should offer and hand over all consumer product warranties on settlement.
⌘ SAILSARA apartments include: New product warranties apply to all your NEW appliances, fixtures and fittings. All warranties are provided on settlement.
☐ 15. CHECK WATER & ELECTRICITY METER SERVICES
Apartment water and electricity services can be either measured by (a) building or (b) individually. Entire building measurements are usually a single bill for all apartments (including Body Corporate usage) usually divided by the number of apartments. Individual measurements for each apartment and Body Corporate puts you in control of your services usage and bills- you won’t get stuck paying for someone else’s usage. Note: Older apartments tend to have less energy efficient appliances (especially old or undersized hot water systems).
⌘ SAILSARA apartments include: All apartments are individually metered for water and electricity, including separate meters for Body Corporate usage. Apartments will be fitted with some of the most power-saving appliances, water, and electrical systems on the market in accordance with The Australian Building Code’s stringent energy efficiency requirements of NEW properties.
☐ 16. CHECK LIGHTING, POWER POINT, BROADBAND & PAY TV LOCATIONS
Check apartment is cabled for internet and Pay TV. Ask for an electrical plan to ensure power points and lighting placements meet your needs. LED downlights are ideal for a sleek look and energy efficiency.
⌘ SAILSARA apartments include: Recessed LED down lighting throughout. Feature over bench kitchen pendant light, Pay TV and Internet services. Electrical plans will be supplied.
☐ 17. CHECK FINISHES IN THE COMMON AREAS
The finishes in the common areas can impact the look and value of the apartment. Ideally, common areas (including outside your front door) offer a high-quality flooring theme in-keeping with the apartment for a prestigious consistency.
⌘ SAILSARA apartments include: Same style tiled flooring throughout the building and balconies.
☐ 18. CHECK BUILDING WARRANTY & BODY CORPORATE SINKING FUND
The age of the apartment building will determine if there is Structural Warranty by the Builder in place. Brand new apartment buildings will have a 6.5 year Structural Warranty that is bound by law in accordance with QBCC (Queensland Builders Construction Commission). Any problems or defects in the building will most likely be covered for 6.5 years. Apartment buildings with no Structural Warranty (due to age) will rely on the Body Corporate to cover the repair costs (which will increase the body corporate rates). If the building is not new you’ll also need to check the Body Corporate Sinking Fund to assess how much money is in the fund to cover ongoing repair and maintenance costs, especially if building has a pool.
⌘ SAILSARA apartments include: On completion, SAILSARA will have a 6.5 year building warranty.
☐ 19. CHECK APARTMENT PET RULES
If you have a pet or possibly one in the future, it’s important to know the rules and regulations of the Body Corporate. If this is an important consideration for you, ensure you have this written into your Contract of Sale.
⌘ SAILSARA apartments: Are pet-friendly. Pet allowances are on a case-by-case basis and will be authorised as part of your Contract of Sale.
☐ 20. CHECK APARTMENT SECURITY LEVELS
Check the building, car park and apartment have high-level security measures for the safety of you and your property AND to reduce home contents and cars insurance premiums.
⌘ SAILSARA apartments include: Numerous security points throughout the building to ensure you; your residence and cars are safe and secure. This includes secure lock-up basement parking, security fob access from both Bath Street and Sutherland Avenue, security access to lobby, visitor intercom, secure lift access to residence floor only, and visitor parking is external to resident basement parking.