Buy an apartment cheaper than a new building
"Buy an apartment cheaper than a new building" - this is how sellers of apartments in dilapidated Khrushchev lure buyers. At the same time, buyers hear statements that the life of the Khrushchevs is already coming to an end and they are about to fall apart. Similar conversations are going on around the Stalinists, Soviet nine-story buildings, panel houses. In fact, everything is not so simple. If you are interested in buying an apartment, selling apartments in Kiev is widely represented on the TORRO bulletin board, you can also study the market for selling apartments in any city of Ukraine. Of course, you need to pay attention not only to the location of the house, but also to its condition, regardless of the year of construction. The age and condition of the house is much more important than the construction technology. The maximum service life of concrete and brick buildings with concrete floors usually exceeds 100 years. The same applies to houses called Stalinist ones. So most of the houses on the secondary market, subject to good construction and normal operation, can provide conditions for a normal life for another 30-60 years. But unfortunately, not everything is going smoothly with construction and operation. Not all Khrushchevs and more modern brick and panel houses were built conscientiously. Poor-quality building materials and non-compliance with technology were common. The most obvious sign is curved walls that don't fit into any building codes. Bricks falling out of masonry and cement, which looks more like caked sand, are not extraordinary either. If you don't want to align and insulate curved walls, you can buy an apartment in Kiev from a developer.
You need to pay attention to such nuances when buying both secondary and primary real estate. But if all these problems are hidden under a beautiful repair, it is difficult to "get to the bottom" of them. But if you decide, for example, to buy a one-room apartment in a rented house with documents, you will have the opportunity to look at the bare walls and assess the quality of the builders' work.
Repairs and communications In residential buildings periodically (once every several decades) major repairs should be carried out. Therefore, if you are going to buy an apartment in Kiev, in a house that is already, for example, 40 years old, ask when the overhaul was carried out in it. If it was not carried out at all and is not planned in the near future, it is worth looking for other options. Even if everything is done perfectly in your apartment, worn out communications and a leaking roof will not let you enjoy the comfort. By the way, communications are not as durable as brick or concrete walls. Those who decided to buy an apartment in Kiev in a modern residential complex appreciated the advantages of modern parking from the developer.
The service life of water supply and heating pipes depends on the material used and usually does not exceed 30 years. Electrical wiring is not eternal either. Depending on the material - copper or aluminum, it should be replaced after 40 or 20 years, respectively. Problems may not be visible, but sooner or later they will make themselves felt. A leaking riser may not bother you if the water flows directly into the basement. But the fact is that dampness will gradually destroy the foundation, lead to improper shrinkage and cracks in the walls. This process is slow and imperceptible, but it can lead to very unpleasant and difficult to eliminate consequences. By the way, you've probably noticed that dampness in the basements of old houses is not such a rare occurrence. When choosing an apartment in the secondary market, you need to be interested in the condition of not only the purchased apartment, but the whole house, including its communications. We pay attention to weak points.
As for panel houses, their weak point is the numerous seams. Behind them are the joints of the panels. And if in civilized countries it is customary to make embedded elements from stainless steel, then in our country they are simply painted with anti-corrosion paint. Combined with poor quality and inadequate seam maintenance, this can lead to a shorter life of homes. Therefore, when buying an apartment in a panel house, you should pay special attention to the condition of the joints between the panels. You can buy an apartment in Kiev in a monolithic-frame house that will calmly stand for 150 years. One of the reasons for the durability of houses built using monolithic technology is the lack of connections in their load-bearing structure. Curtain walls and insulation not only contribute to comfort, but also protect the house from environmental influences. Insulation and concrete walls of such a house always remain dry and do not freeze. But it can be quite difficult to determine the quality of the construction of such a house, so it is better to focus on the developer's reputation.