section will look at issue in around the area of housing and
accommodation for expatriates.
Each month it will focus on different aspects of housing in
month we look at Real Estate Agents, Renting and how to get the best
out of your rental budget!”
the house you want can be quite difficult and trying to say the
least. The first thing
you need to do is find a good real estate agent.
We have listed some, there are others but these ones have
been serving the expat community for some time and tend to have a
good idea of what they’re doing.
Just remember if the agent you’re using is not showing you
properties that are what you require, don’t hesitate to change.
A word of warning, if you do change and later you prefer
something that the previous agent showed you go back to him to avoid
any hard feelings.
is important to work with your agent.
There are a few questions that he or she will ask you.
Or better still you should have answered for him.
want to live in a house or an apartment?
rooms do you have in mind?
are you going to buy or rent furniture?
will you be working?
will they be going to school?
have a pet?
want a pool?
Real Estate agent the will be able to use the answers to narrow down
potential properties. To
avoid wasting time clearly state important factors such as budget
and the amount of bedrooms required.
this early stage in your expatriate experience in Malaysia there
will be decisions that will effect greatly the next Two or Three
questions 6 and 8, in many cases the place of work and the school
are in two very different locations.
Here a tough decision will need to be made. Will the working spouse be traveling far to work or will the
children be traveling distances to school.
Fortunately there are many good international schools in
different parts of KL so shop around there too.
4 and 5: If you have furniture already then skip this section. If
not then there is the possibility of buying or renting furniture.
Both have their pros and cons.
If your spend your own money and looking at shipping it back
home then Malaysia will provide a great selection of modern and
antique furniture. If
your furniture and rent come under budget then listen up.
Here is how you can stretch you housing allowance further.
Look at renting an unfurnished house or apartment; the cost
will be considerably less, use the difference on renting furniture.
There is a company that specializes in expatriate needs and
it can be found in the real estate section.
9, do you have a pet? For
apartment buildings dogs are out but cats will most likely be
allowed, so it’s important to check with the landlord.
Even for some of the landed property the landlord, if he or
she is Malay or Muslim, may have a problem with you keeping a dog.
Again cats tend not to be a problem.
important factor to keep in mind is the traffic in the area.
The house might be great but if the traffic is a killer it
will make your stay in Malaysia a little more taxing.
of the best things about house hunting in Malaysia is that you can
always ask for a discount. More
often than not you’ll get a discount.
Other things you can do to get a better deal is to ask your
landlord to install Astro (the satellite TV) or club membership.
This is especially if the property is under your budget.
Work with the landlord, after all he wants your money;
explain to him that you will pay more rent if he includes these
out for next month were we go over the pros and cons of living in a
house or an apartment.
- House or Apartment
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