Blog | July 18,2018

What are the small but important details you should know when looking for a Scout Area townhouse for sale?

  1. Good neighbors
  2. Pet policies
  3. Amenities
  4. Great neighborhood
  5. Fair lease

 

You don’t have to be a professional realtor to know what to look for in a townhouse for sale in Scout Area and other places here in Metro Manila. If you have been recently spending your weekends or free time hunting for townhouses, it can quickly go from a fun activity to a daunting task. Keeping track of things like which townhome had a great floor plan but terrible backyard or which one had a beautiful kitchen but poorly laid-out master bath can overwhelm even the savviest of house-hunters.

While it’s certainly admirable to consider all of these big-picture issues that relate to finding the perfect townhouse, it is often the small details that tend to trip up first-time buyers. Unfortunately, it is the minor details that usually end up becoming deal-breakers even if you do like the house as a whole.

No townhouse is likely to be perfect, but even the little things should give you pause because chances are, these are going to haunt you down the line. Here are five small but important details you should know when looking for a townhouse.

 

Good Neighbors

Before you move into a townhouse, carefully consider the potential neighbors that you might have. Get to know the homeowners around you beforehand and ask them about their experiences with their neighbors.

Keep in mind that while you don’t have to be best friends with your neighbors, you do have to show respect to one another. For the most part, make sure that your lifestyles can be a good match because if you are the type of person that sleeps early while your neighbors are the types to party late into the night, your living situation can quickly spiral out of control.

 Pet Policies

Pet Policies

The pet policy in your townhouse should be included in your lease, so be sure to read up and familiarize yourself with it. This is important especially if you are moving in with your pet or plan on getting one in the future.

Check the policy for things like the types of pets allowed, weight limitation on the pet, whether or not management charges a pet deposit, and if it is refundable. Certain townhouses, for example, only allow homeowners to have a cat or dog up to 20 pounds.

 

Amenities

When looking for a townhouse, you should also consider the amenities that are provided and make sure that these amenities are a good fit for your lifestyle. Does your townhouse have adequate security? Is there a doorman that screens guests and visitors? Is your complex near restaurants, gyms, laundromats, or shops? Does your townhouse have a dishwasher, washing machine, and a dryer? How easy or difficult would it be to commute from your townhouse to your office?

If you have a limited budget, chances are, you are going to have to make some compromises. Whatever they may be, though, make sure that you can live with them before you move into your townhouse.

 Great Neighborhood

Great Neighborhood

In addition to getting to know your neighbors, make sure to take a walk around the neighborhood itself to get a feel for the community. Spend some time around your townhouse to get a better assessment of the general age and demographics of the neighborhood.

Apart from this, you should also find out if the community has any other specific rules. If you are moving into a townhouse community with a Home Owners Association (HOA), you will need to clearly understand their rules and expectations before making a commitment. You should also check with the HOA if there are any specific parking or traffic regulations in the area.

Lastly, you should investigate the safety record in the area, itself. You can do this by taking a look at the various reports by the police which are usually available online.

 

Fair Lease

Have a lawyer or a local realtor look over the contract before you sign your lease in order to make sure that it is legitimate and it is a standard lease with no hidden clauses. You should also read over the lease to make sure it fits your needs too

If you plan on renting your townhouse in the future, find out if your lease allows you to do this. Be sure to understand if you are committing to a six-month, one-year, or month-to-month type of lease. Establish what date the rent is due every month, if you are allowed to have roommates, if you are responsible for any maintenance, and whether the deposit is refundable

 

Key Takeaway

If you are thinking of buying a townhouse in Scout Area, you will need to get a good gauge of the neighbors and the neighborhood itself, the policies that come with your home, and the amenities that are provided.

In all likelihood, you are going to spend a majority of your life in your townhome, so if there are things about it that don’t sit well with you, you might want to consider looking for other townhouses.