5 Tips for finding the perfect apartment

our2cents jacaranda gardens finding the perfect apartment home

When you set off to find a home, just the thought could be overwhelming.

Whether you’re looking for your first home or you’re planning to invest, you need to be prepared before you being your search. Not only is it imperative to find an apartment that meets all your criteria, but you also don’t want your search for a home to drag on.

Equipped with the knowledge, apartment hunting can be fun. Here are five essential tips to look for and that will help you find an apartment that you can proudly call home:

Green Spaces

Greenery in a community adds to personal wellness and environmental health. Findings of a study reveal that green space in a housing complex encouraged more social activity and more visitors – resulting in a happier living environment.

Conservation of nature in an urban environment also has a direct impact on people. Urban open green spaces also can serve as islands of nature, promoting biodiversity and providing a home for natural speices in environments such as birds.

Look out for developments that preserve older trees that had existed on the plot prior to buildings, lots of trees and large open spaces.

Spacious Urban Planinng

When looking for an apartment, remember to take note of the distance between buildings. No one wants to have their privacy infringed upon because your neighbours can easily see into your windows or even listen into your conversations because their balconies are very close to yours.

Avoid crowded apartment blocks.

Mindful Neighbours

Rules are regulations developed by the property management help to ensure your comfort and make your community a pleasant place for everyone.

Look for communities that have regulations on excessive noise, school bus pick-up zones, designated visitor parking, picking of flowers and gardens, recycling and littering.

Great Interiors

Contemporary layouts, elegant details and thoughtful design are important things to keep in mind when looking for a home. Big windows that allow a lot of natural light into the space ensure happier and more useful spaces. Quality finishes such as sturdy faucets and strong light switches reduce upkeep in the future.


Affordability of a home contributes to people’s well-being. Whether you plan to pay in cash or take out a mortgage on an apartment, there are many other key considerations such as ongoing costs associated with owning a home in the long-term like electricity, gas, and others.

It’s easy to shoot for the sky and overspend when buying a home — you understandably want the best your money can buy. Look out for deals or special discounts and take advantage of them in order to get the best possible price when looking for an apartment.

For example: Jacaranda Gardens, which is currently celebrating their fifth anniversary, has extended a 10% discount for buyers until the end of December 2015. For more information, watch the video below!



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  1. Avatar Njeru2000 April 2nd, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I was in Sandton and never visited Jo’burg city centre. With these changes, I will next time..

  2. Avatar Miss Vee April 2nd, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I lived in SA for 5 years and I can count how many times I have been to Downtown Joburg or Hilbrow. You are told from the beginning that its a dangerous place and one has to keep their windows up while driving through. But glad they are making changes. Infact the movie Jerusalema depicts this situation described above.


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