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There are different residential types of housing in Bangkok and one of them is a house. A Bangkok house (single house or stand alone house) is a home with its own lot and it has its own space separated from neighbors. It is very different from apartment block, condominiums and townhouses. If you are considering to rent or to buy this property, here are few things that you should know.
Whether you are buying or renting a Bangkok house, the price is quite expensive compare to other types of property You can find this property in Sukhumvit, Silom , Sathorn, Thong Lo, Ekamai, Phrom Pong, and Bangna-Srinakarin areas.
An individual foreigner cannot buy a house, but if you own a Thai company the company can buy the property. This will have to be worked out through your Thai Lawyer. Yet a house offers a great advantage except its expensive.
If there are exclusive and luxury Bnagkok apartment and Bangkok condominiums that provide best facilities and amenities, there is also a higher end type of house which may be new and has modern style, a private swimming pool, landscaped garden and others. There is an additional premium for you to enjoy these perks. If you are looking for new and modern houses which you are used too, you may find it difficult to look for it because most houses have old Thai style. Yet there are some modern style Bangkok houses availble.
The price is expensive because of the space and privacy that you have; it is ideal for large families, those who want to be away from city life and wants to have peace and quiet. It is spacious enough, yet you may also need to consider the maintenance of the place, inside and outside and that cost. You may need to hire a maid, gardener and security guard to maintain and secure the place. But if the house is not that big, you may no longer to hire in-house helpers.
One advantage in choosing a house is, you can save on your utility bills. Bangkok Apartments have a minimum charge on water and surcharge on electricity. In renting or buying a house, you will only pay what you have used.
When it comes to security, most Bnagkok houses do not have their own security guard unless you hire one unlike with Bangkok apartments or condo that has a twenty four hour security. It is best to talk to bangkokfinder agent and those who live there so you can have an idea, how secure the place is and how good you landlord is. The Bangkofinder agent can find this out for you.
Bangkok, Thailand has wet and dry season, so AC is very important especially to expats who are not used to this climate. Always check if the Bangkok house has AC, ensure that it is working, serviced and cleaned and check how old it is, because older AC requires repair and maintenance and consumes more energy so you cannot save on your electricity.
Do not forget to check the water pressure, especially the second floor, ensure that the water pump is working and there is water upstairs. Since most house property is outside the city, it is best to check if you have telephone lines, because it is hard to apply for it. Telephone connection is a must especially if you are using the internet.
There is a maintenance fee (moo baan fee or community fee) that you need to pay, sometimes it is included in the rent but mostly it is a separate payment aside from your rental. This fee is used to maintain shared pool and garden and twenty four hour security. So before signing a contract, check if this fee is already included on your rent or not.
During rainy seasons, there are certain places that experience flood, so it is better to check if that place is flood free. If you live in a high rise building this will not be a problem. The supply of Bangkok houses is not as many as apartment and Bangkok condominiums so you it may be hard for you to look one but with the help of real estate agents, then can do the work and lessens the burden on your shoulder. They have the skills in negotiating and getting best deal.
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