8 Important Tips for Your Showflat Visit?

Updated on 31 Jul 2019

I guess many of you have the experience when you visit the showflat, it is so beautiful but so much different from the actual product.

All the beautiful features in the showflat might not be included for your actual unit that you going to purchase.

Interior Designers play one of the most important role for the showflat.

They make the showflat looks great by working on the colour scheme, fittings and furnishings.

They can make you feel good and happy to give cheque right on the spot. However, the actual unit could turn out discrepancy from your expectation.

(1) Check for Natural Light & Ventilation

Showflats are bright at all time due to the artificial lights. It may be hard to get a thought of how much natural light your actual unit would get.

Firstly, you check the size and position of the windows carefully. Here I mention carefully, because some walls may not be erected at the showflat.

Here is the picture from one of the showflat, showing that the exterior wall or the glass window at the bedroom is not erected.

Secondly, some are full glass façade and some are partly glass with concrete wall along the façade, especially the bedroom next to the aircond ledge.

(2) Read the ID Treatment indicator

When you step into a showflat, you could be easily distracted by the stylish interior design (ID) and decoration.

For instance, the wall paper and the feature wall.

They are beautiful but not included for your actual unit.

They are just an idea to inspire your future renovation.

For those, they are usually indicated with an ID treatment sign.

(3) Visualize the Actual Space

For instance, the mirror along the dining room to create the illusion of space and it looks bigger.

The colour scheme of furniture such as sofa set and dining set could affect the illusion of space as well.

Another trick is to use the light colour such as white for the furniture in the showflat.

This picture shows the developer install a mirror at the wall along dining room to create the illusion of space.

(4) Read the Tape on the Floor

To show various interior design (ID) possibilities, developers might take down a couple of walls.

Under government rules, the developers are required to indicate the actual position and thickness of the walls.

Usually the developers will demarcate these with the tape on the floor.

Take note at the balcony size because some showflats may build the size of the ground floor Private Enclosed Space, which is bigger than the typical units.

(5) Read the Tape on the Wall

Same thing also to the wall, you have to take note of.

Some developers increase the ceiling height of the showflat to give spacious feeling to the visitors.

If there is a discrepancy, there should a tape on the wall that indicate the actual height.

(6) Check the Appliances Package and its Brand

Every showflat kitchen has very luxury kitchen appliances such as branded built in oven, fridge and washing machine.

However, you should always check what are really provided by the developer.

Because not all the displayed appliances are provided for you.

And there might be a possibility that buying the different unit type offers the different package.

(7) Check the Flooring Material & Quality

When it comes to flooring, we have many types such as homogeneous tiles, porcelain tiles, marble at the living room.

In the recent years, porcelain flooring has become trendy choice for most developers.

The reason is porcelain tiles looks quite similar to marble.

In addition, we have solid timber, engineered timber, vinyl and laminate in the bedrooms.

Some vinyl flooring looks very similar to solid timber flooring but the quality wise is different.

(8) Maintenance Fee

When you want to decide 2 projects that are equally good,

You may have to look at the estimated monthly maintenance fee.

Some higher end condo may go up to more than a thousand dollar per month.

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Plan For Yourself is very Important!

As a lot of people never plan anything before going to showflat, they usually end up paying more for a less ideal unit; thereby making less profit as compared to a better valued unit.

I suggest we have a short meet up first where I can share with you based on your case and what is the best scenario moving forward and based on the market now what are the projects best suit you!

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