LOCATION - It is very important that you know
what public transportation (bus/taxi/motorcycle) is available
to you and where they stop. Also, be sure and check for the
location of nearby stores, restaurants.
2. ENTRANCES - When
looking at houses, make sure there are two entrance ways. There
should be a way to enter the house from the front and the back
in addition to any patio doors. As well, all doors should either
lock or be able to have locks attached to them.
3. RESERVE WATER SUPPLY
- Most homes will have a large water reserve
system (tank & pump) in case of a main water supply failure
from the city's own water reserve. This is of great importance
since the city's water supply can be cut off at times! Note:
This is most often for short periods of time, but can be very
annoying if you do not have a reserve water system.
4. WINDOWS AND SCREENS
- Check all windows for opening, closing and
locking. Make sure that there are enough windows and doors with
mosquito screens for your comfort.
5. OUTSIDE WATER SUPPLY
- A house should have at least one outside
water supply (spigot/faucet). You can buy the hose and clamps
here, but any type of special nozzles for spraying may need
to be brought with you (Local Hardware stores have them!).
6. CABLE OR SATELLITE
TV RECEPTION - The local television reception
is almost entirely in the Thai language. You will want to look
for another option (cable and/or satellite) for TV viewing.
We highly recommends the UBC Satellite television network. Remember!
All televisions here are PAL format (not NTSC or MESCAM) but,
multi systems VCR- DVD (video players) are easily obtainable.
7. HOT WATER SHOWER
- You will find that many houses and condominiums
will have a small water heater in the bathrooms for hot water
showers. You may not find hot water in the kitchen, so make
sure you look for a water heater! (Usually under the kitchen
sink!). Also, check to see if a shower curtain is included.
Bath tubs are a bit of a rarity also, so do not expect to always
see one in a house or condominium.
8. GAS STOVE
- Most of the time, you will see gas stoves in the kitchens.
Check to see how many burners are available and whether there
is an oven or not. Some places will have a micro wave oven which
can be very handy to use.
9. REFRIGERATOR - The
refrigerator should be at least medium size if not a large one.
Many homes and condos will have one of the small refrigerators
and they usually are just not enough. You may want to have your
real estate consultant negotiate a larger one into the lease
10. UTILITIES AND APPLIANCES
- It is very important that all of the homes
utilities hardware, appliances and air conditioning equipment
is in good working order. It is standard procedure with most
Real Estate Agents to ensure that the properties Landlord/Owner
does check and service all appliances, electrical outlets and
switches, plumbing fixtures and air conditioning units before
you move into your new home.
11. WASHING MACHINES
- Not all of the houses and condos will feature
a washing machine. There are laundry services everywhere and
usually, they are quite reasonable in price. Dryers are even
less seldom seen (hang the clothes out a few hours and they
are dry!). If you do find a place that does have a washer or
you decide to purchase one, remember that they are often gravity
drained (there are often no pumps to get the water up and out).
Also, check for places and space to hang out your clothes for
12. AIR CONDITIONING
- It would be best to have at least the bedrooms
air conditioned. It takes most expats a good while to get acclimated
to Thailand?s very hot weather??remember you
also have a very high level of humidity here also!
13. TELEPHONES - You
will most likely want to have a telephone (IDD-International
Direct Dial). Normally they are in the homes and are most often
assigned to the home owner?s account. Be sure and ask
what sort of service their phone has and what is necessary to
get IDD if it doesn't already have it.
14. STORAGE - You
should look to have at least one room available for the storage
of items like luggage, boxes, recreational items, etc.
15. NEGOTIABLE - Remember...You
can always try and ask for improvements (painting, repairing,
replacing, etc.) during the negotiation period (prior to signing
the rental agreement contract).