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# Everything You Need To Know About How To Choose THe Right Apartment For You - Decoding apartment sizes

If you are buying an apartment, you have to make certain important decisions as a buyer. One of these major decisions includes choosing the right size of apartment that caters to you and your family’s requirements. This involves understanding important factors such as the different terminologies used by the builders and analysing your requirements. This article helps you in decoding these factors so that you can make an informed decision on the right apartment size.

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### Everything You Need To Know About How To Choose THe Right Apartment For You - Decoding apartment sizes

1. 1. Decoding Apartment Sizes Everything You Need To Know About How to Choose the Right BHK?
2. 2. Buying an apartment, is an important decision to take as a buyer as it includes choosing the right size of apartment that caters to you and your family’s requirements.
3. 3. This involves understanding important basic terminologies that are used by the builders and to analyse your requirements better.
4. 4. Understanding the basic builder terminologies is the first step….
5. 5. It means the net usable floor area within a building excluding the area that is covered by the walls or any other areas specifically exempted from floor space index computation. In simple terms, it is the total area in your flat where you can lay the carpet which is measured wall to wall and includes the area in your kitchen, bedroom, dining room, living room, store room, balcony or any other room. Carpet Area
6. 6. The built-up area, also interchangeably called plinth area, is the area covered by a building on all floors including any cantilevered portion. Simply put, it is the total area of the apartment/flat. Apart from the the carpet area, it also includes the walls, sit-out, balcony, terrace, utility. Generally the built-up area is approximately 10% of the carpet area. Built-Up Area
7. 7. It includes the built-up area of an apartment plus the proportionate area of common areas such as the lobby, lifts shaft, stairs, etc. Sometimes it may also include the common areas such, swimming pool, garden, clubhouse, etc. except car parking. The same is also referred to as the Saleable Area. Super Built-Up Area
8. 8. The amount of extra cost that a developer passes on to home buyers for development of common spaces such as lobby, staircase, lifts, terrace and building maintenance room is commonly known as the Loading factor. Simply put, loading factor gives you the percentage difference between the carpet area and super built-up area. This means that lesser the loading factor, lesser will be the common area space and more space you get within your apartment. Loading Factor
9. 9. The terms FAR (Floor Area Ratio) and FSI (Floor Space Index) are often used interchangeably and signify the restriction on gross floor area that can be built on a plot. FAR is expressed in terms of percentage while FSI is expressed as a ratio. FSI / FAR = (Total covered area on all floors) / Plot area FSI or FAR
10. 10. The area usage in a project that is exempt from the FAR computation of a construction is known as the Non-FAR area. Some of these include stair-case, lift rooms and passage thereto the topmost person, architectural features, elevated tanks, basement floor, and fire escape staircase, amongst others. Non-FAR Area
11. 11. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the common BHK types available?
12. 12. Advantages • Small and compact- Affordable option- Easy to maintain- It may be a good alternative as against paying high rentals- Relatively easier to rent it out. • A worthy option for people who travel frequently and prefer a home- like comfort on returning. • When compared to a 3 or 4 BHK, loading factor per unit is relatively low. This means that you get more space within your apartment. Disadvantages • Caters mostly to bachelors, couples and working couple- Several cities have a demand-supply gap. 1BHK
13. 13. Advantages • A good option for first-time home buyers, Comfortable for a nuclear family, Easily available, Maintenance is relatively easier, Good value appreciation compared to other configurations. • Much easier to sell or rent out. Disadvantages • Limited space can be an issue for a growing family. Since demand for 2 BHK is much higher, it is possible that the buyer doesn’t get the unit of his preference unless he books the unit earlier. • There is limited scope for carving out additional spaces, if required. Due to high demand, builders seldom give discount on this configuration. 2BHK
14. 14. Advantages • Ample space is the biggest advantage. One of the best choice for large families due to ample space. Few units come with a servant room, making it ideal for families with working parents. Disadvantages • More difficult to maintain. Relatively difficult to rent out. Generally lower return on investment compared to 2BHK- The rent differential between 2 and 3BHK is relatively low, though 3BHK units cost more. 3BHK
15. 15. A Sample Checklist to Select Right Size Of Apartment
16. 16. 1) Know Your Requirements. 2) Understand terms such as super built-up area, carpet area and loading factor. 3) Verify the size of all rooms. 4) For smaller apartments, check size of bathrooms and kitchen. 5) Ensure proper approvals for advertised floor area.