We finally had a place to call one :)
Flashing back, we started hunting for landed property last year. We owned a condo earlier which purely for investment and decided when time comes for landed, we'll sell the condo to afford downpayment for new house, if need so. True enough after years, with escalating house price, we had no choice but to let go the condo. It was sold at more than double of my purchase price and Alhamdulillah since it's already more than 5 yrs we're exempted from RPGT (property tax), so left us extra cash to spend for legal stuffs and some furniture.
Long story short, we signed S&P early this year. The soon will be in new township of Shah Alam but not in city..if i could exactly describe, it's closer to Subang area. An intermediate double storey and it's subsale, but owner never occupied since its completion in 2010..so still a new house feeling :) It was the greenery that got us hooked...have lake, clubhouse facilities and with our limited budget, this house can still fulfilled most of our checklist including guarded neighbourhood, 24x80 built up, finishing (alarm ready, 3-phase wiring, laminated flooring, shower screen etc - our house among the earliest phases in that township, hence the many incentives by developer) and all 5 rooms had attached bathroom including maid's ;) It's not fully gated however, cos there's few stairs in between for residents of current 3 phases to access our surau.
Location wise, undeniably quite far to my office but i'm used to driving 30 mins with 2 tolls from current place, additional of half to an hour with traffic still tolerable for having to stay at own home than rented place. Was told that new highway will be built soon connecting to damansara as another alternative to city center, but we dont put much hope cos this kind project usually dragged to god knows yearsss... ;p
Being new township, it's expected most facilities like school, commercial areas might take a while to be ready. At least for us there's already surau, police station, gym, multipurpose hall within the township..oklahh for now :) Besides, the newly mall just 15mins drive from our soon place if we need any shopping, dining or even adhoc movie date hehe :)
If everything goes well, insyaAllah we can move in by year end. We're not doing major reno except those standard kitchen cabinet & plaster ceiling. Both mothers suggest to hack back wall so we can have bigger kitchen. Usually women would after big kitchen, strangely, i prefer to retain that little space at backyard..at least can do bbq hehe..or tempat santai petang2 cos backyard of our house row is facing playground, not neighbours house...we'll make do with our small kitchen so we agreed, no hacking for now :)
Alhamdulillah, I can say our house appliances and basic furniture almost sorted. Most of them scored at home expos that we frequented past few months, some from shops recommended at online forum, yang bought on impulse pun ade..guess that's part of excitement of owning first home hehe. The rest, we'll wait until key handover before we could finalize :)
Among earliest stuffs bought (and so apparently our favorite)..
|lightings at massive discount :)|
|shoe cabinet, loving those individual cubicles = more space for shoes :)|
No housewarming foreseen this year cos we're soo soo broke at the moment with house stuffs plus we got to save for our coming trips hehe..We'll get baca doa done first at least..makan2 can have it later next year after everything settled down insyaAllah :)