Theme-Based Communities- A Millennial Style Of Living

Theme-Based Communities- A Millennial Style Of Living

In the millennial way of living, perhaps it is difficult to differentiate between the fads and the permanent changes sometimes. Like all other businesses, the real estate industry too has been trying to ride the millennial wave and has come up with some extremely innovative and convenient changes to the scheme of things. One such big trend that is catching up today is that of theme-based communities and projects. This implies that the investors of today are very specific with the requirement they have in mind. What they want to buy is not just a house, but one that adjusts to their style of living right from the word go. To draw a parallel here, just like in the automobile industry, you don’t just buy a car because you need four wheels; you research and buy the specific one you need. For example, if you are sustainability conscious, you will want an electric vehicle because that blends in with your style of living. Similarly, the real estate industry is converging towards specifics as we speak.

Here are a few examples of the theme-based communities that are the most talked-about-

Kids-centric communities- Keeping your kids engaged productively has always been a challenge for most parents. And as we, move closer to things that are convenient, so do our kids. Hence, there has been a steep rise in projects that are designed around these requirements. These projects are heavily focussed on kids’ activities of all age groups such as VR games, libraries, soft play areas, sports courts, various training kits and many similar activities. So, if you are an investor focussed on creating an engaging environment for your kid because of perhaps a paucity of time or to keep them away from screens etc.; these are the projects that might interest you.

Smart Homes- You can either convert an existing home to a smart one or you may buy a smart home, but if you are used to living smart; the conventional houses will seem to add less value to your lives. Smart homes are internet-connected homes that are constituted with smart devices that control the operations of your household- for example, smart lights, smart locks, smart electronics and even smart chargers. The idea here is to create a homogenous setup and operate the house even remotely through apps if required. Emaar DigiHomes are such voice-enabled smart homes that have been designed specifically for such needs.

Green Homes- Ever since the design evolution of smart cities and the always-connected lifestyle, there has been a great incline towards green construction both by the developers and the investors. These projects are built, keeping in mind energy/fuel-conservation and sustainability. Right from raw materials to the construction techniques used, the processes consume minimal energy. The residents, hence, are inclined towards this movement and are willing to adopt solar-powered houses with energy conservation instilled in every part.

Holiday Homes- A very recent trend in the real estate industry is that of holiday homes. Investors are willing to buy houses for the purpose of income generation as well as in order to have a permanent vacation home. These houses, normally speaking, are lavish and luxurious in nature because they cater to investors who’d stay there on breaks. Add-ons like spa-based designs, Spanish architecture, located in and around the outskirts of the chosen city are very typical to these kinds of homes.

We are together moving towards an industry that has no limits and bars when it comes to ideas and innovations. New concepts are being embraced and developed with open arms, to the delight of today’s customer. So, in this era of multiple options, would you say you are spoilt for choice? Here’s some food for thought for you.

Trends to Rule the Indian Real Estate Market In 2020

Trends to Rule the Indian Real Estate Market In 2020 -1

The past decade has seen the real estate sector experiencing a roller coaster ride; demonetization, RERA & REITs in 2016 as well as GST in 2017 have meant that the past few years have been especially tough on the realty sector.

But those were transformative phases and the picture is changing for businesses gradually since last year. The 2019 union budget proposed benefits for real estate with an eye to drive growth in the sector. The government is actively pushing the real estate segment as this sector is one of the key drivers that will propel their goal of achieving the $ 5 trillion Indian economy. On the strength of these boosts the real estate sector has once again picked up momentum and is growing at a healthy 9% and is expected to reach $180 billion by the year 2020. [1]

Investing in real estate is considered safer and more favorable in terms of returns than gold, mutual funds/stocks or other financial investments. But as a home buyer who will put in a considerable amount of funds there needs to be thorough research and study of the market prior to the investment.

Here are some trends that are expected to rule the Indian real estate market in 2020. Read on…

  • 1.Government initiatives-With an eye to revive and provide impetus to the realty sector, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman outlined a slew of measures for the real estate sector in the union budget 2019 such as new model tenancy law, provision for construction of new public infrastructure on land holdings by the Central Ministries and Central Public Sector Enterprises across the country, reviving the NBFCs from the ongoing debt crisis and liquidity crunch, modifying TDS on immovable property to include other charges etc.[3]Also, collaboration between builders and the government will not only minimize risks but will also be a more viable economic model of development for urban real estate and infrastructure. These urban housing developments are aimed at the mid-segment home buyers and will look to provide budget friendly projects but with all necessary facilities for comfortable living.

 

  • 2.FDIs-As mentioned above the real estate sector is essential to the economic growth of India but it is also one of the most fluctuating in terms of funding. Attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) into the sector is vital to its continued growth and development. The Indian economy is looked upon as one of the fastest growing global economies and as such can yield good returns for foreign investors. The Government rules and regulations related to FDIs in the real estate sector have been favorable for global financiers and have successfully yielded a good amount for the sector which is expected to grow in the coming years.

 

  • 3.Escalating demand in top metros and Tier 1 & 2 cities –Another trend that is emerging is the rising demand for quality housing in not just metros such as Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi-Gurgaon and Chennai but also in Tier 1 and 2 cities such as Pune, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, etc. The main reason is the employment opportunities through IT companies and other sectors as well. These cities have become hubs for real estate investment as the ROI is attractive. In particular, the luxury and mid-segment housing is driving realty growth in these towns.

 

  • 4.Affordable housing –The government is focused on making housing affordable to all sections of the society and under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana Gramin and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana Urban schemes aims to achieve the objective of “Housing for All” by 2022. The union budget 2019 has made provisions for tax exemption of Rs 1.5 Lakhs to buyers on home loans under affordable housing.[2] These initiatives are driving demand for quality but affordable housing in the budget homes segment mainly from the working professionals in top 5 cities in India.

 

  • 5.RERA impact –Implementation of RERA in 2016 was a game-changer for the real estate industry. Although the industry struggled initially coping with the new rules and regulations, RERA has made the home buying process transparent for the buyers. The home buyer’s rights have been strengthened and ensure a structured timeline of project status, timely completion of projects, and accountability for the builder to avoid hidden costs. Also, the rules are clear and strict regarding penalties on builders who violate RERA norms.

 

  • 6.Rental property appreciation –In addition to the growing demand for residential property purchases in top tier cities and towns in India, the rental properties have also shown a marked increase in demand, mainly on the back of working professionals migrating and relocating for improved job prospects and a better standard of living. Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, and Hyderabad have shown a steady demand for both buying as well as rental properties. Also, having a second property in these cities, which is not being used by the owner, means an additional source of income for the owner.

 

  • 7.Gradual increase of technology-driven sales pitch-The internet is all-pervasive today. There is nothing that one can purchase online. So, although one cannot buy a home online without actually seeing it, the initial research in terms of selecting a location, availability of properties, pricing, reputed builders, amenities, infrastructure is being done via online searches. Developers and brokers all have an active digital presence to aid their sales pitch.Smart homes that are technologically connected are more in demand. Many builders offer high tech but sustainable DigiHomes that combine the best of technology with natural surroundings, green spaces and good air quality.One such premier residential project is Emaar DigiHomes offering 2 BHK and 3.5 BHK luxury homes in Gurgaon (Gurugram). Emaar Properties, a global leader in construction and development of iconic properties, such as the Burj Khalifa, among others entered the Indian realty market in 2005. Since then, Emaar India has developed residential as well as commercial spaces in Gurugram, Delhi, Mohali, Lucknow, Jaipur, Indore and Chennai.

Emaar DigiHomes located in the coveted address of Sector 62, Golf Extension Road, offer 2 & 3 BHK apartments in Gurgaon. These voice-enabled smart, spacious homes present a grand view of the Aravali mountains along with a host of world-class amenities including 30000 sq.ft clubhouse, infinity temperature-controlled swimming pool, wide open & green spaces all within the premises of a safe, secure and gated community. To find out more please visit the website.

Emaar India- valuing the customer life cycle at every stage

Did you know, a Walker study found that by the year 2020, customer experience (CX) will overtake price and product as the key brand differentiator? CX spans from the first second that the customer gets in touch with you till the time he/she is using your product. We, at Emaar India, are extremely particular about the kind of experience we provide to our customers; especially after the sales process is over. We believe that it is after the buying-selling that the customer gets to experience the brand’s values and ethos.

At the core of Emaar India’s dedication towards our customers, is the want to create a family that stands together no matter what. We want our customers to be aware that we are always behind them and that we shall constantly work towards bettering their quality of lives.

Here are some initiatives taken by Emaar India in the endeavour of delighting our customers-

Community Events

 Our on-site teams take immense pleasure in organizing various get-togethers for festivals and occasions. The aim is to make it a memorable time for our residents. We understand your busy schedules and how difficult it is to create such moments for your family and children; hence, we take the prerogative to do it. All such initiatives have been met with tremendous and overwhelming responses from our customers.

Super Hero Competition

Independence Day

We- The Women

FMS touch-points

 Each of our projects is equipped with an FMS (Facilities Management Services) touchpoint for customer queries/complains/grievances. Our employees are just a call away and will attend and tend to your homes like their own. For example, our FMS facility at Mohali Hills, Mohali has become an indispensable part of the community. The residents are very pleased with the services and value the convenience that has been brought into their homes because of this initiative.

Customer Emailers

 Emaar India likes to be in touch with our customers to facilitate two-way communication with them. We regularly send emailers to the customers in order to keep them up to date with any offers, projects or developments within the organization. Similarly, we constantly appreciate and support feedback from the customers in any form.

We truly believe that the way to a customer’s heart is to build relationships. And we try our best to build a community that is representative of this fact; a place where the residents enjoy living; a place that you can proudly call your dream house. Our doors for our customers are always open!

 

Here’s how you celebrate a Green Diwali!

It is in the air, isn’t it? The joy, the charm, the happiness; that Diwali brings with it every year. Also, it brings with it the anticipation of the remainder of all the crackers strewn on the streets, a lot of unsustainable décor garbage in the trash and abysmal air quality.

So, how about we do Diwali differently this year? How about we turn Green? Owing to increasing awareness, a lot of us are now saying no to crackers or moving to eco-friendly crackers; and we couldn’t be happier! Let us now try and extend this to our homes and celebrate a Green Diwali this year.

Here are a few changes you can consciously make to your Diwali routines-

The clay Diyaas

Very symbolic of this festival, the diyaas have undergone a transformation journey of their own. From the simple clay diyaas decades ago, to the new decorative ones that are made with material and colours that are not completely bio-degradable. We suggest, let us restart the older traditions. By purchasing simpler clay/earthen diyaas, you achieve the below advantages-

  • They are reusable and hence can be used next year as well
  • They can be a DIY project with your little ones, who can paint and create their own diyaas
  • They are biodegradable
  • You might end up helping a sect of manufacturers who might not have the resources to reach out otherwise

If you want to go one step further, you can even make your own diyaas at home using the wheat flour. It can again be an activity the whole family indulges in and a beautiful way to create memories.

The Rangoli

Another symbol of Diwali and an activity that certainly every household relishes, is making Rangolis. But did you know the artificial colours used for Rangolis are not always biodegradable? Instead, let us use flowers or rice flour to create beautiful and lively designs.

You can even use oil-bases paints to create the colours you desire. At every step, ask yourself, if it will generate toxic waste.

The Torans

They say Goddess Lakshmi visits our homes to grant us prosperity on Diwali, and that is the reason the Toran is important because it decorates the doors and windows from where she enters. But what do you think the goddess will feel looking at all the plastics we tend to accumulate on the festival?

Let us switch back to creating our own Torans from flowers, leaves and love. Say no to plastic and the inevitable waste it creates that is only going to get discarded in the next few days.

Let this Diwali be about recycling-

If you are using lights to decorate the outside of your houses, let us use the last year’s. It is quite alright that some of them don’t work, this festival is not about perfection. When you are gifting, let us ensure there is no use of plastic, whether in wrapping or in the products being gifted. Let us use recyclable cutlery at home when entertaining guests and not the disposable styrofoam plates that are not bio-degradable.

Let us sow some seeds of hope with and for our children. Let us make them aware of what the abovesaid does to the environment and plant trees with them this Diwali. Let us all prosper together- financially, emotionally and environmentally.

Wish you and your family a very Happy Diwali!

5 Indoor Plants That Improve Your Home Air Quality

It is that time of the year again when most of us are continuously discussing the air quality. Soon there will be smog and complaints about the AQI being on the rise and of course, the sale of air purifiers will shoot up. Little do we know that apart from the polluted particles that emanate from a car or the smoke from a cigarette, there are everyday pollutants inside our houses too which are basically the remains from the various products that we use like plastic, cleaning liquids, heaters etc. And hence, maintaining the air quality inside the house not just in the winter months but all year round is more important than we can imagine.

How about we tell you that some indoor plants have the abilities to remove chemicals like Benzene, Formaldehyde, Ammonia etc. from the air we breathe? Yes, plants! It is that simple. The same capabilities are possessed by the microorganisms that grow in the pots of these plants too; thus, in addition to cleaning the air, they make the air cooler. You would be surprised that NASA has studied this subject at length and shares the findings along with the plants’ names and properties in detail.

Here are a few plants that can help you lead a healthier life-

Palm Trees
These are the antithesis of maintenance. Palm trees eliminate Formaldehyde, Benzene, Carbon Monoxide and even Chloroform from the air and at the same time inject moisture in the air. Keep them in your balcony or at a reading nook inside the house. Palms are the decorators’ favourite too since they add so much life to your surroundings.

English Ivy-
These evergreen climbers are almost made to be kept indoors. However, there are many varieties of this plant and when you buy, you must understand the care each one needs. You can either let it climb on the balcony walls where the light is not too bright or inside on hanging little pots. They need not be watered very often during winter.

Rubber Plants-
One of the most effective plants to remove Trichloroethylene and Carbon Monoxide from the air we breathe, the good old rubber plant needs only a little care every now and then. Keep them anywhere that has filtered sunlight that is not too bright. You may want to clean the leaves regularly to keep them shiny.

Peace Lily-
NASA has discovered that this is amongst the top 3 plants that can remove household toxins, even Ammonia. Peace Lily loves bright sunlight and requires moist soil at all times. With just a bit of care, you will be mesmerized with the bloom with the flowers looking divine!

Boston Fern-
A staple at most of our childhood homes, Ferns are said to remove Formaldehyde from the atmosphere more than any other plant. However, they can be a bit difficult to maintain as they require extra care depending on the moisture levels at your home.

Apart from the functions above, plants are also known for having a positive effect on your psyche hence, making you more productive. They can even reduce fatigue and can be a good nurturing lesson for the kids. Also, some of these plants can be toxic to pets, so we recommend you researching before you buy in case you have pets at home. We wish you a healthier festive season!

Smart Cities and Real Estate- together towards a smarter India!

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Smart cities are not a novel concept but what is quite interesting here is that any industry you pick is going to be significantly impacted by a smart city project. In other words, most industries are at the receiving end of the aftermaths of a planned smart city. However, there are a few industries, like real estate, that impact the development of smart cities as much as the other way around. A smart city is efficient and sustainable; in terms of infrastructure, data connectivity, connectivity etc. And real estate plays a pivotal role in making a smart city, smart.

Sustainable buildings are the need of the hour, and a smart city infrastructure would imply the most efficient waste management systems, minimal spend of perishable resources, recycling, smarter management of services and careful use of infrastructure. All of this while each and every device would be connected in real-time optimizing itself and producing humungous amounts of data for analysis and troubleshooting. How will real estate keep up?

Well, the RE industry has already taken several steps in this direction. But as much as the RE industry is changing the shapes of smart cities, the cities are changing the way we work and construct.
Here are some of the most significant changes brought about in the residential real estate industry-

The impact of data-

The increasing availability of data makes sure that the developer has better information about the project site, neighbourhood, water levels and other surroundings. This makes for much better-designed projects, a scientific approach to site selection and a smarter design that is inclusive of all parameters known. There can be data obtained about the underground water level and soil qualities, the number of footfalls in the past in that particular area and any possible shortcomings of the site that the developer or the purchaser should be aware of.

Growth beyond tier I cities-

As part of this smart city revolution, our Government has taken up other initiatives too like building Industrial Corridors connecting cities in order to enhance connectivity and transport of materials and finished products. This allows developers like us to have access to cost-effective raw materials and also opens plenty of doors to the development of tier 2 and tier 3 cities as a lot of industrial development shifts to these cities. The paucity of lands in metros has already been quite an issue, and we needed new horizons to explore.

Get smarter with technologies-

An unavoidable yet effective by-product of these initiatives is the overall exposure to technologies like Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and even Virtual Reality (VR). Developers will make investments in AI for better lead generations, align ourselves to various data centres and move to a more modern way of conducting business. At the same time, experiencing projects, the inclusion of VR games etc. helps us in replicating our vision of the project to the customers’. Needless to add, the latter part is already in full play as we speak.

A big step towards sustainable construction-

Smart cities also mean better water & traffic management, minimizing space utilization while maximizing experiences which is actually a choice today for developers. Smart cities will require smarter buildings as investors become more aware of the implications of their way of living. This also further boils down to the use of raw materials, use of transport, materials used for construction and methods deployed. In terms of the final buildings, smart ones will need to be energy-efficient and self-sustainable.

We, at Emaar, are nudging towards the big shift in the real estate industry and are doing our bit to minimize our carbon footprints. Are you?

Different customers, Varying needs, Customized offerings- That’s Emaar India for you!

Emaar India takes pride in extensive research of our customer segments to identify the supply-demand gaps. Furthermore, we design our projects heavily in reliance on this research. We strongly believe in providing you with a home that truly feels yours in every sense; as if it has been made-to-order only for you. Every team in the organization works with its focus steadily towards achieving this aim. The secret lies in the will to innovate. In this ever-dynamic real estate industry where the trends are so rapidly changing, we believe in constantly reinventing our strategies and processes in order to build more sustainable, attractive and closer-to-heart homes.

Allow us to take you through our offerings so that you can pick the one that is in tandem with your needs-

  • High-Rise apartments-These are the high-rise buildings which are within a gated community with 24×7 security and a host of amenities on offer. Our locations are picked such that there is always a mesmerizing view from your balcony; also, the infrastructure is designed such that the usual conundrum of which floor to look at is nullified. It would not matter which floor or tower you stay at when proximity and accessibility to all the amenities have been carefully designed.Emaar Palm Heights is one such community that brings luxury to intertwine with a smartly-designed home space. Comprising of 3 bedrooms, a lounge and a utility, it also provides you with a magnificent view of the Aravalis.

  • Smart homes-The entire world is digitizing itself, so we thought, why not us? Smart homes embody the very basics of life today- convenience, comfort and inclusivity. They are based on the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT), which basically implies that each and everything in your house can be now accessed and managed remotely. All such devices shall be integrated, interconnected and electronically controlled from a single device/application.
    Emaar Digi Homes is a project being constructed with a lot of love and labour in order to provide you with the intelligent lifestyle that you need and deserve today. Apart from the smart design, we have also focussed on sustainable construction that has resulted in a GRIHA rating of 4. Digitized, yet green; that is the way forward!

  • Builder-floor apartments-Bringing you an old-school feel, are the builder floor communities which are also gated along with 24×7 security. Such projects bring to life many memories of your childhood and cover a much greater land area to provide you with a sense of greenery, independent space and vastness. It also provides the customers with a sense of safety, since they are closer to the ground while the amenities provided remain similar to the high-rise apartments.Emaar Emerald Floors is one such low-rise apartments community that has a royal-villa touch to it. The spacious villas are aesthetically designed and made ideal for your little ones and the rest of the family. Away from all the noise of the city, the project uses the Spanish style architecture that makes for cohesive designs.
  • Residential Plots-Even though almost every combination of location and design imaginable, exists today, we sure understand the need you might feel to build your own home from scratch. Hence, residential plots are an ideal mix of the gated community culture and a DIY approach to the houses. These projects bring you the convenience of taking care of your needs and nuances and also give you the flexibility of expanding or shrinking the design.

    Emaar Jaipur Greens and Emaar Indore Greens are our contributions to the ever-growing culture of the many upcoming cities. These cities are going through rapid infrastructural and industrial developments and are calling out for you to make them your home. The locations of these projects are extremely strategic, providing you with convenient accessibility and exposure to the necessities.

We thrive on your contentment and happiness, and it has been a gratifying journey till now. Are you still dreaming of a home different than the ones we listed down? You dream on, and we shall fulfill those dreams!

The happily-ever-after of millennials and smart homes!

The happily-ever-after of millennials and smart homes!

Millennials are people born typically in the period of 1980s to early 2000s. A small calculation shall tell you that most of them are in the stage of life today when buying a home is on the cards. And hence, if the real estate industry is touted to be contributing 13% to the country’s GDP by 2025, millennials will naturally have a big contribution to it. Thus, it is a market everyone is trying to tap. But who really is a millennial and what is he/she looking for? Let’s find out-

1.Convenience savvy-

In a millennial’s head, it is simple- is the house close enough to the office in order to minimize commute? Are all the necessary amenities within a short distance? Can I instruct the house to be ready for me with the right music and lights when I am on my way back? Check! Millennials or Gen Y, as they are called, do not have time and prefer a one-stop-shop kind of a solution for all their needs.

This is where smart homes score. It takes one voice command or one click of a button to do a multitude of things in your house. Imagine a setting in your kitchen eco-system wherein when you say cooking, the platform focus lights are automatically switched on along with the electrical chimney and you pre-programmed cooking playlist is set to repeat. Sounds surreal, doesn’t it?

2.Demands value for money-

Millennials mostly manage to strike a fine balance between the money they spend and the quality they acquire against it. Majority of them don’t overspend on luxury but would much rather look for a sustainable solution that gels well with their lifestyle.

How many times has it happened that you have reached the office and can not remember if you switched the geyser off? Don’t fret, in a smart home, the smart appliances manage themselves with the help of a remote click. Hence, the features of a smart home seem to be in accordance with what millennials look for.

3.Security Conscious-

We are all quite wary of the safety and security of our families and loved ones; millennials all the more because they are the ones who have seen the maximum noise around this subject. And we go out of our way to ensure the safety of all our family members but live with a constant fear of ‘what if?’

With one of the smart security features in a smart home, you can only unlock a door with your fingertips or via code. Also, you can even have motion sensors deployed that give you an idea about movements happening in your areas of concern. The moment the doorbell rings, light flashes at the door and your camera provides you with a live feed of the visitor. Smart security, anyone?

4..Technology Driven-

Please bear in mind that Gen Y is the generation that knew how to play online games before they learned how to play badminton. Hence, the approach to the digital medium and the willingness to transform into an IT hub spot, is outstanding!

Smart homes are the epitome of technology and hence hold a strong attraction towards millennials.

If the lifestyle of a millennial was a huge jigsaw puzzle, the smart homes piece would fit in perfectly in the puzzle. Whether you consider it from a financial perspective or a practical one, smart homes are the obvious choice here. We, at Emaar India, are dedicated to catering to our users’ needs and we had identified this market segment and the related product considerably earlier. There is a brand-new concept ready to catch your eye! Visit: http://comingsoon.emaar-india.com

DIY-ing your way to a smart home? Let’s reconsider!

DIY-ing your way to a smart home? Let’s reconsider!

The current smart home penetration in India is 1.5%. Also, the smart home market in India is expected to grow at 44% in the coming years. Hence, there is a very high possibility that you are a part of this growth and are planning the big shift to a technology-driven home as we speak. Good decision, we say. But the bigger question is, how are you planning to achieve it?

You can either buy a home that was designed to be a smart home and has been built accordingly. Or, you can conduct the digital transformation of your home by yourself. You might decide on the latter in order to save some money or fulfil your technological cravings. Having said that, there might be some graver issues that shall surface once the process starts. And we are here for a heads-up. Here goes-

The UI dilemma

A smart home only feels smart when the interface to use the technology is simple enough for you and us to understand. However, the thing to understand here is that it is not a single UI we are talking about; rather we are referring to a number of UIs that come with each smart home equipment and needs to be integrated into a user-friendly interface.

So, you got a smart home kit and a hub to centralize all activities. Can you now build a consolidated UI on your own considering the variety of devices you have got? And even if you do manage to integrate, isn’t there a possibility that only you (as the designer of this array) understands the complex UI and no one else? The possibility of this can be quite high.

Are you dis-integrating?

Consider this. You have spent hours selecting the exact model of the smart lights, home assistants, secure locks etc. Now imagine the horror of going through the installation of this equipment only to discover that they are not 100% compatible with each other. For example, perhaps your home assistant does not support the party-lights function of your smart blubs.

In a dream-like smart home weekend morning, you shall wake up to your favourite music playing and the room temperature set to just how you like it. Now when the milkman comes to your door and rings the doorbell, the music pauses and the smart security system shows you who it is at the door, you unlock the door sitting in another room. Also, in the dream-like smart home, all of this happens through a single app and through the click of a single button. However, in a DIY installed smart-home the reality might be different with you scrambling across various apps to get the system working and this whole science of your home is completely inaccessible to any visitors!

Let us trust the expert-

Let’s face it. Somethings are better accomplished by experts. You would be surprised at the number of things you did not know about smart homes; right from the network, cables, wi-fi capabilities, equipment functions etc. Internet of Things works on the concept of connected devices that talk to each other and to the cloud. Now, what if the place you have installed one of the devices doesn’t come with the required low-voltage wiring? However, with the right experience and tools, similar matters can be resolved in a jiffy.

Considering the above-said factors, it is advisable to invest in a pre-designed and equipped smart-home in order to actually experience the revolution that a smart home is; and not struggle with it. Why indulge in something that could be left to the experts? Watch this space for more such information!

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5 things to check before you take possession of your new house

Taking the possession of your house is a feeling unparalleled in this universe. In all likelihood, you would have saved for this house for years together and along with your family, must have dreamt of how you shall do it up for months. And when the day finally arrives, it is an emotional one. You feel pride and accomplishment like never before. We, at Emaar India, resonate deeply with this emotion. Hence, just so that the sentiments do not cloud over your judgement, we are here with a list of checks that you must carry out before your home possession:

Key documents-

Perhaps the most important of it all. There are many documents to check when the final handover of keys is happening- sale deed, occupancy certificate, encumbrance certificate et al. It is imperative that each document is thoroughly checked. Having a set of legal eyes accompany you also would not hurt. Read more about the documents required to be checked here.

Electrical fittings-

Do check if all the sockets and plug points in the house are in working condition and firmly planted. Locate the fuse box and check if the main fuse of the house controls the power in all rooms. Please ensure the house is suitably power backed up. If you were promised an extra set of switches, now is the time to check on them. None of the switches should be direct, i.e. brimming with electricity even when powered off.

Walls-

Go through each and every wall thoroughly to check for any cracks. Also, check if the quality and colour of wall paint have been provided as promised. While you are at it, check if the doors and windows are provided and are painted as planned.

Plumbing-

You must make sure all taps in the bathrooms have water and all flushes work. There should not be any leakage or loose taps. Check the sanitaryware and dado have been provided as promised. The tiles too must be crack-free and of the previously planned colour and design. All the drains must be working and there must not be any clogging.

Safety Features-

One of the most important things is the safety in and around the house. The locks must be in place and working smoothly. We suggest you insist on a secure night latch system. Also, there must be a suitable fire alarm system in the house in case of a contingency. Do check for gas leakages thoroughly. You must ensure the balconies and other open areas are secured with grills and skirtings especially if you have kids in the house.

Your home is your place of Zen. It represents your dreams, hopes and aspirations in more than just metaphorical terms. Although it definitely is the developer’s responsibility to make it a safe abode with all features provided as per the initial plan; but it is your responsibility as well to keep the deliverables under check. Here’s wishing your new home brings you all that you desire!