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During the monsoon season, a real estate property and its surrounding areas, may be quite different from how it is during the rest of the year. Consequently, this season offers prospective home buyers, with the opportunity to glean valuable insights on their intended purchase.
Infrastructure and amenities in the area
Real estate experts advise that home seekers should visit the construction site more than once, before making a final decision. “Visiting a site in the monsoons when the traffic is at its worst, in most places, will provide insights on the waterlogging situation, as well as travel and access to the area,” explains Shveta Jain, managing director – residential services, Cushman & Wakefield. Monsoons are an apt time for buyers to go house hunting in a country like India and assess the condition of the building and the area around it, says Manju Yagnik, vice-chairperson, Nahar Group. “During monsoons, getting transportation from your home to the nearest railway station or bus depot, is a nightmare in cities like Mumbai and this aspect cannot be overlooked during such site visits,” Yagnik points out.
Monsoon is the best period to check the overall quality of construction of a house. Issues like seepage in the ceiling and near the washrooms, are quite common during rains. “Heavy rain will reveal the construction flaws, like seepages/leakages, quality of plumbing and drainage, waterlogging, traffic in the neighbourhood, etc. It is thus, the best period to visit the site and should not be avoided,” insists Dr Anil Jindal, chairman, SRS Group.
While ascertaining construction quality may not always be possible in an under-construction property, the rainy season is the perfect time to check the quality of a resale house. Ramkumar Mahadevan, a resident of Navi Mumbai, bought his property which was a resale house, during monsoons. “One of the factors that I considered, while finalising a top-floor flat, was the possibility of leakage issues. This is particularly important in a resale property. I went ahead with the deal, only when I felt assured that the flat could withstand the elements of nature. The monsoon actually puts any building, even if it is from a reputed builder with high quality of construction, to the test,” he shared.
Best time to negotiate
Issues like leakages during the monsoons, can also be used by buyers to make the deal work in their favour. “If a buyer likes a particular property that has an issue of water logging in and around the building or a leakage problem, then, the prospective buyer has a chance to bargain further and get a fairly good deal and get it solved. This may not be possible in dry weather conditions,” says Yagnik.
As the demand for properties tends to dip in the monsoon season, it is an ideal time for discounts. “The monsoon is generally regarded as a lean period for the realty sector. However, it is a good time for home buyers, especially for those looking at resale properties. This is the time when demand is less and sellers are willing to negotiate on lowering the price for serious buyers,” explains Yagnik. Moreover, with people preferring to invest in real estate during the festival season which begins in September-October, builders offer attractive discounts around monsoon to boost their sales for that quarter.
The COVID-19 effect
Generally, offers and festive sales witness an increase, during the monsoons but the real estate sector has taken a hit this year, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Developers and consultants are trying to rebuild trust in the sector, with innovative offers and benefits to the customers. Today, customers are more conscious about investing money more than ever. However, real estate is still preferred, as the best investment asset,” says Rahul Grover, CEO, SECCPL.
In the current situation, where movement is restricted owing to the Coronavirus outbreak, many developers have transitioned to virtual sales of their properties, which has gained increasing of popularity among fence-sitters. “During monsoons, buyers can shortlist properties through virtual tours and visit only the properties that they like, which can help them to make an informed decision. Additionally, with schools moving online, most parents have enough time to search for properties online. With the lockdown being eased in many areas, developers are stepping up safety measures, to welcome buyers for their sites visits to their properties,” says Hakim Lakdawala, group promoter, Goodwill Developers.
Advantages of selecting a property in the monsoons:
- Buyers can gauge whether the property has problems pertaining to seepage, leakage from the terrace, drainage issues leading to stagnation of dirty water, etc.
- For a resale home, a final inspection in this season, can reveal construction quality and how the house has been maintained.
- Low lying areas are prone to flooding, leading to traffic jams and transportation woes. The extent of this problem, can be best judged in the monsoon season.
- In cases, where flaws in the project become evident during the rainy season, buyers can bargain and also ask the developer to mend the same.
- As it is a lean period, vis-à-vis sales, sellers may be willing to negotiate on the price.
What are the thing to check while buying a flat from a builder?
While buying a house during the monsoons, check whether the property has problems pertaining to leakage from the terrace, seepage, drainage issues, water stagnation, etc.
What are the thing to check while buying a resale flat?
While buying a resale house during the monsoons, check the construction quality and how the house has been maintained, whether the area is prone to flooding and the transportation available in the locality.