Buying an Apartment or Flat in Bangalore

All set to buy your first dream home? Congratulations!!!

Here are the detailed steps involved in buying an apartment in Bangalore with other useful information before and after moving into an apartment.

This article is based on my real experience as well as information collected from my friends and relatives. Feel free to drop your comments and suggestions to improve the quality of the content.

1. Select your Property

First and important step in owning your dream home! Do proper research, visit as many projects as you can, discuss with friends. Finalize one which comes under your budget. Make sure you buy your property from a reputed builder, even if it is more expensive.

2. Book the Property(1L-2L)

Once you have decided your property, go and book it. You will have to pay 1L to 2L as booking amount, depends on the builder. If you need more time to finalize the property or the flat, give a post dated cheque. Note that builders charge 10-20% of booking amount if you withdraw your booking.

3. Enter in to Sale Agreement(10%-15%)

You need to enter in to agreement within 15-30 days of booking. 15% of the total amount needs to be given before making the agreement. Make sure you go through all the pages of the sale agreement as this is the final legal agreement between you and the builder. Also note the super built up area, built up area and undivided share of land(UDS). Normally in Bangalore, the total amount is calculated on the super built up area, not on built-up area.

4. Apply for Housing Loan

You may apply for a housing loan once the sale agreement is ready. If you are going for SBI home loan, you need to shell out another 1% of your land cost as Stamp Duty, which can be deducted during the registration.

Common Documents required - for all applicants
• Application form duly filled in.
• Copy of sanctioned plan and sanction letter.
• Copy of NA permission/ULC clearence, wherever applicable.
• Bank statement for last 6 months.

Additional Requirements - For salaried persons 
• Employer's offer letter/salary certificate and latest salary slip.
• Identity card of applicant/s.
• TDS certificate of applicant/s.
• PF/ESIS slip of applicant/s.
• Relieving letter from previous employer
• One passport size photo
• A cheque for the processing fee(normally 0.5% of the loan amount)

SBI loan account will be directly linked to your savings account and hence you can view the statement online using the same username/password of your savings account via Online SBI. LIC Housing Finance Limited (LICHFL) also introduced an online portal where you can view and download your loan account statement - LICHFL Online.

5. Register your Property

Once you (or Bank) made the full payment, you can go ahead with the property registration. The builder will help you to get your property registered in your name. You need to spent a minimum of two hours in the Sub-Registrar office on the day of registration. Two Demand Drafts, one for Stamp Duty and another for the Registration Charges in favor of the Sub-Registrar needs to be prepared. They will take your photograph and thumb impression and will print it on the back of the Sale Deed. If you have taken loan the Sale Deed will go to the Bank, so make sure you collect a xerox copy of the Sale Deed. Also you may take an attested copy (notarized) of the Sale Deed if you need, you will have to pay approximately Rs. 1,000. Or this can be done for Rs.8 per sheet from any notary (visit your nearest BDA complex for details).

6. Interiors Designs

Now the flat is in your name, you can do the interiors if the builder is not providing one. Find a good carpenter and get it done. Normally it takes 20 to 30 days and will cost you another 3 to 5 Lakhs. Make sure you make the final payment only after all the works in your apartment is finished. Also keep a record of all the payments done to the Carpenter and get it signed.

Once the interior work is finished, you need to hand over the flat back to the builder for the final finishing work. Before handing over the flat, make sure you cover all your interior work with paper or plastic. Also get the Chimney and Hob work done before the polish work.

7. Obtain Possession Certificate

Once the builder completes the finishing work in your flat you may ask for a temporary possession certificate which is a legal document from the builder giving permission to move in to your flat. Actual possession certificate will be given by the local government authority like BBMP or BDA after completion of the apartment complex and their inspection.

Finally your dream home is ready for possession! Don't think major work for your home is over, you need make arrangements for shifting, buy furniture, electrical fittings and other kitchen utensils. What you need to do is to check with your friends and neighbors, collect as much information as possible. Short-list vendors ask for quotes and negotiate on the charges (not quality!) and pick one from the list. Before housewarming buy the electrical and bathroom fixings and fix them.

Electrical Fittings
Normally builders provide only switches, plug points and bulb holders. You need to buy Fan, Tube Lights, CFL Lamps, Geysers,Chandlers, Light Shades, Door Bell and other miscellaneous items. What you need to do is, count the number of points in each room provisions given for fans, lights etc, note down in a piece of paper. Once you are sure about the numbers you need to decide on the colour of the fan, Tibe light or CFL, type of lamp shades etc. Once you have all the above details visit your nearest electrical showroom and ask for a final quote. Visit few more shops and get the quote for the same brand, then compare and finalize the shop. Some shopkeepers send the electricians for the fitting and normally they charge Rs. 30 to Rs. 50/fitting. Otherwise you will have to arrange your own Electrician, not a big deal. (I recommend purchasing all the electrical fittings from BVK Iyengar Road, Bangalore. You will get more brand options and more stores there and you can bargain also.)

Bathroom Fittings
Normally people forget on the bathroom fittings, they realize this only on the day they moved in! You need to go to a hardware shop and buy towel rings, tray for keeping soap etc, mirrors etc. You can ask your carpenter to fix those along with the curtain rods.

Curtain and Curtain Rods
You will get it from the same hardware shop or go to shops exclusive for Curtains. Make sure you have the measurements before visiting the shop, or you can ask them to visit your flat to take the measurement. Curtain rod balls costs 200 to 1200 per pair, go for good quality materials as we will not be changing curtain rods often. You can go for single rod or double rod depends on your choice.

Packers and Movers
Call 3-4 reputed packers and movers in your city, ask for a quote. If its not falling under your budget, go for local brands (again branded), make sure they does packing and unpacking, not only transportation. For local shifting it may cost you from 1500 to 5000.

House Warming Ceremony
Its your dream home, invite your relatives, friends and neighbors for the ceremony, arrange breakfast/lunch there itself (not in restaurants-if you want to make this a memorable occasion in your life). Even if you are going to rent out the house, stay at least that night there with family and be proud of having your own home!

Last but not the least, make arrangements for News Paper, Milk, Landline and Broadband. Keet note of the house keeping, electrical and plumbing service contacts, security, nearest hospital contact numbers.

8. Katha Transfer

This is one of the major task after you move in to your flat. Collect the application form, submit it to the Panchayat or BBMP office along with copy of your Sale Deed, Encumbrance Certificate, Previous Tax Paid Receipt and Land Conversion certificate if any.

9. Electricity Meter Transfer

By default the electricity meter will be in the builder's name, you need to fill a transfer form which can be collected from your BESCOM office and submit it along with your Sale Deed copy and Builders letter to BESCOM.

Now you all set!! Cool! Now put some light music and enjoy!!! Stay Happy!!

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