Skyscrapers are a common sight in the streets of India. Gone are the days where high rise buildings were found in metropolitan cities alone. Today, high rise buildings are found in every city, irrespective of their size.
So, how to decide which floor to buy your flat, if you are looking forward to buying one? Here are a few tips to consider.
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1. Fire Safety: When you take a flat in the higher floors of an apartment, fire safety can be an issue. Make sure the apartment has an occupancy certificate (OC). OC ensures that the apartment has been built in compliance with the local laws. It is given by the municipal corporation to the builder after meeting the requirements.
Each buyer has the right to ask for an OC copy. Having an occupancy certificate for your apartment ensures that it has met all the fire and safety requirements. On the other hand, a builder can obtain the OC from the fire department, after meeting all the criteria. Also ensure that fire safety measures like exit doors and fire extinguishers are installed on every floor, especially higher ones.
2. Lifts and Staircases: Climbing stairs are a healthy habit. But if you have elders and children in the family, climbing 9 floors each day is not a soothing experience. If you are buying a flat on the higher floors, make sure the apartment has lifted. Two or more lifts are necessary for the healthy functioning of an apartment. If one lift breaks down, there should be an alternative.
Lifts alone will not serve the purpose. In case of emergencies, lifts may not function. In such cases staircases are necessary. Make sure easily accessible staircases are present nearby.
3. Security and Privacy Concerns: Home is a private space. It is a place we all look forward to getting back and enjoy some peace of mind. Lower floors of an apartment are less likely to have enough security. They are easily accessible. If you are keen on living on lower floors for other reasons, make sure security measurements like grills, CCTV cameras are installed.
If your apartment is situated in a city, lower floors have lesser privacy. The top floors can be quiet and peaceful.
Besides these above-mentioned factors, there are many other things to be taken care of. The credibility of the builders and their past projects must be examined. The presence or availability of local infrastructure like hospitals and schools at a short distance should be ensured. Make sure the place is well connected with schools, markets, hospitals all nearby.
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