Bangkok is an amazing city to live in. There are countless activities that can match each and everyone’s lifestyle. When you consider to rent a condominium in Bangkok, you might be puzzled on the parameters to look for or, even, where to begin. Let us give you some useful tips on selecting the condominium that may eventually become your future home.
Brief Listings on Condominium Selection
• Location. This is the most important. You should check out the surroundings, especially the basic amenities such as convenient stores, supermarket, restaurants, hospitals, and transportation means (i.e. BTS/MRT/BRT/bus stops/taxi stands/motorcycle taxi stands). Another great tip for choosing your location is to visit the condominium during nighttime or rainy time to make sure that are nothing you would expect out of the ordinary.
• Low-Rise/High-Rise. This entirely depends on your preference. High-rise building typically comprises of 20-30+ floors and low-rise typically comprises of not more than 8 floors.
- High-rise buildings are mostly located in the prime locations along BTS/MRT line. They offer convenient lifestyle (since they are typically located near easily-commutable transportation means), exotic/picturesque views and more and bigger facilities/amenities/maintenance. In addition, high-rise buildings will always provide elevators. However, you will have to compensate it with less privacy.
- Low-rise are mostly further away from the prime location; they provide you more privacy and less noise from the main road. In addition, you will gain a worrisome-free from disasters such as fire, earthquake, or power outage. On the other hand, the facilities tend to be smaller and lower in quantity compared to the high-rise buildings. Typically, low-rise buildings offer lower rental rates.
• Parking space (If you don’t plan to drive you can skip this). On a general rule of thumb, the number of parking spaces is considered appropriate if the building provides more than 60% of the total number of units.
• Number of units per floor. If privacy is your priority, not more than 20 units per floor should be ideal. If not possible, for those buildings with high number of units per floor, you should pick the corner units that are further away from the garbage room & elevator.
• Building Facilities. Good condominiums come with adequate number of facilities for residents. Exotic, luxurious condominiums come with special, private number of facilities for residents. You should also consider the security system of the building, for example, start with the easiest factor: the ease of entering the building if you are a stranger.
• Pet-friendly accommodation (if you don’t have pets you can skip this). In central Bangkok, it is extremely difficult to locate pet-friendly accommodation. Many buildings have strict rules against keeping pets since they create additional noise nuisance and hygiene issues. In addition, many buildings have hefty penalties should pets are found in the a pet-free condominium.
• Reachable agents and/or landlords. Real estate agents or brokers can be of great assistance to shortlist the condominiums, if you are not well-aware of the locations you will be moving to. Agents and brokers can assist in negotiation, preparation of lease agreements, check-in/check-out and liaison with related parties in case there are problems during your stay. On the flip side, the lease rate may be on the pricier side as the revenue cake is further shared with intermediaries such as agents and brokers.
The best of both world is if you can connect yourself directly to the landlord who owns a variety of properties and has countless professional experience leasing out properties. In such way, you will have more flexibility to negotiate as well as to receive professional services directly from the experienced landlords.These are the general parameters ones should look for when considering to rent an apartment. You can ask us to help you compare condominiums to find you your perfect home.