Concrete aspirations set to overflow
For Mumbaikars, monsoon is the most enthralling season of them all, with the rain showers giving everything a sparkling clean look and feel. It is a phase when even the home search objective can be given a fresh start, with a different perspective towards the entire process.
During the summer, there is a certain sense of urgency. Rushing from one construction site to the other, trying desperately to cover as many as possible before the school vacations end, its frenetic pace is the equivalent of a T20 match.
In comparison, conducting a house hunt during the monsoons is a much more relaxed affair, like a five-match series of five-day tests with a rest day in between. There is more effort towards planning the process rather th
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Families often find more members together on a heavy rainfall day then they would on weekends. This sets the right atmosphere to discuss imperatives, assign priorities and generate a consensus. Parameters are identified and options shortlisted accordingly.
Most of the evaluation is done over the phone or the internet itself by visiting websites. The result is a simpler and smoother, much more relaxed approach with at times, quicker results.
When you finally get down to visiting a project, the monsoons provide a great ambience. The sheer pleasure of driving down rain swept roads with the breeze blowing through your hair combines to make your home search a memorable experience. Truly, the monsoons are one season when you get to see a project at its very best. Framed by lush greenery, the buildings would be gleaming after the rain showers. At the same time, you will also get a practical idea of what residing in the area would entail.
This season also sees people who are looking to make purchases during the Diwali period, taking initial steps in the property market. Conducting a home search during the rains enables you to go about the task at leisure.
A home seeker can take sufficient time to do research over the various property options available. While in the past, house hunting was a seasonal affair; the trend has changed in recent years. People now buy houses through out the year especially during monsoon as most of the builders plan their construction schedule in such a manner that the possession becomes due in the month of April-May.
The home search experience gets through much faster during the monsoons. Since nobody wants to move around too much, people end up doing their home work in a much more detailed manner. Moreover, the search becomes more systematic as specific areas or locations are first identified. Once this is done, home seekers can make extensive inquiries over the phone and only shortlist projects the family would be really interested in. By narrowing down the parameters and eliminating unwanted projects, site visits are fewer and they also tend to become much more focused.
It also makes better fiscal sense to buy a house during these monsoon months. Opting for a new project launch or an under-construction project means one can benefit from the lower initial pricing. Come Diwali, most of these projects would have reached the next level of construction, so waiting till the rains end would mean paying much more.
Plus, activities in the construction industry tend to slow down and therefore the builders do offer homes at attractive prices during this period. Compared to this, post-Monsoon, the prices do witness an upswing, especially as Diwali-Dassera draw near. Therefore, home seekers have an opportunity to hunt for the best bargains and the sales staff is also more attentive during this period.
If one is fortunate enough to find a ready-possession flat, booking a house in the monsoon provides plenty of time to plan out the interiors. Since the monsoons are generally considered to be a 'slow' business period for interior designers, one can get the décor scheme planned at a comparatively lower rate and implemented at a much faster pace.
This way the work gets completed in time to place the 'kumbh' during the Ganesh festival or a similar auspicious day like Dassera. Later, one can move into the new home during Diwali vacations.
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