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Importance of Rainwater Harvesting in Your House

Benefits of Rain Water Harvesting

Life depends on water, and the availability of water depends on you. Due to poor conservation techniques and mismanagement of the resource, we are on the brink of water scarcity. It is at this juncture that conserving rainwater has become a new mantra and rainwater harvesting a new catchword.

What is rainwater harvesting?

Rain is one of the best gifts bestowed by Mother Nature and all we have to do is save some for the future. In the earlier days, rainwater used to get collected in tanks or wells and thus replenish the groundwater. However, at this time of rapid urbanization, we have to think bigger. We have to adopt innovative techniques to modify the age-old practices and collect, store, purify, and utilize this rainwater to suit the demands of homes including multi-storied apartment complexes.

How to harvest rainwater?

Rainwater harvesting is a simple process and usually is a one-time investment that requires periodic maintenance. Before you get started, however, you have to factor in the quantum of rainfall in your area. Be it small or big, a rainwater harvesting process should ideally consist of a catchment area, a conveyance system, a flush, a filter, tanks, and recharge systems. You have to factor in the quantum of runoff, features of the catchment zone, and the capacity of the storage tanks according to your requirement and wait for the rain. Once it starts raining, this water is stored and you can utilize it according to your needs. From simple pipes leading from the roof to rain barrels to complicated systems like an underground storage tank, harvesting rainwater is a simple, yet systematic process.

Why should we conserve rainwater?

Rainwater harvesting, though simple has a lot of impacts and is highly beneficial to our daily lives. It is eco-friendly as well as economically rewarding. To harvest rainwater, all you have to do is invest in a one-time rainwater harvesting infrastructure. The rainwater can be collected and stored and utilized to meet the peak demands during summer months, making it a perfect primary backup water supply for emergencies. A well-structured rainwater harvesting system can reduce stormwater runoff from a property and be an effective method to meet your local area’s stormwater management program requirements. And more than anything else, collecting and using rainwater to replace municipal water use reduces your water bill considerably over a while.

With water scarcity being a major concern, it is about time we consider rainwater harvesting to meet our requirements. In addition to being a great way to conserve water, rainwater harvesting is a sustainable process. It promotes self-sufficiency and makes you an environmentally responsible citizen.

At Prime Property Developers, we believe in a sustainable model while being environmentally friendly. Our projects have been designed keeping in mind the changing socio-economic framework. We have accounted for rainwater harvesting units in our projects. Call us to know more about the eco-friendly and socially responsible elements we have added to our homes.  

Checklist for Maintenance of Your Home During Summer

Checklist for Maintenance of Your Home During Summer

The days are getting longer, and the sun is shining brighter. Summer’s here and there is no shying away from it. This summer, unlike the others, has been a tough one so far. As we stay indoors to #StopTheSpread of the deadly COVID 19 pandemic, it is all the more important to plan out a systematic checklist for keeping your home summer-ready. While some of the tasks in the checklist can be done easily, you will have to keep an eye out in the news to know when you can get the necessary support staff to do the other tasks.

Maintain Your Cooling System

It is mandatory that you run a check for your gadgets since the sudden temperature variations could affect their smooth functioning. The most important household item you have to monitor is the air conditioner. Proper air conditioner maintenance can help your AC last longer. You should also dust your ceiling fan blades and check their balance. You should also get your electrical gadgets checked. We at PPD help you to get this maintenance done on time while adhering to the rules set down by the government due to lockdown. 

Freshen Things Up

Do a thorough check inside and outside your home. See if you need to add a fresh coat of paint to your home. Do touch up if it is necessary. Invest in a few flowers to pep up your exteriors. When it is sunny and bright, let the sun inside your home. Remove the heavy curtains and opt for sheers to do up your home. 

It’s Time for Cleaning 

Since you have time at hand, do the cleaning you have been putting off for that longest period of time. Clean everything up, including the vents and exhaust ducts. Wash the windows and the screens, use a good disinfectant to clean up the home. It serves to keep the deadly COVID 19 virus at bay. Use this time to declutter your home too. 

Inspect The Exteriors

The summer showers throw up some challenges. It is mandatory that you clear the downspouts and the gutters because they can get clogged. You need to check the windows for leaks too. 

Bring Home Some Cheer

We are going through a tough time, but that does not mean that we should not have our special moments at home. Bring in some greens, dress up the windows in light sheer curtains and redo the interiors of your homes. Now is the best time!

The summer is long, but the winter is coming and it is important that all the work be done before the downpour begins.

How important is the Location for Buying a New Home

“Location, location, location” has been the mantra being chanted in real estate since at least 1926, but it’s still as relevant today as it was then. A good location means different things to different people. Some would argue that it’s the home that matters; and depending on your personal needs, the location might not be the top priority for you right now. However, when going house-hunting, do keep the following points in your mind to help you make a solid investment – after all, buying homes isn’t like buying your daily groceries!

Neighborhood – Most people are ready to pay more for homes that are located in safe, low-crime areas. Homes where the parents don’t have to worry about their kids walking back home alone. When buying a home, you also wouldn’t want to live in a place where there is a club or bar close-by for the public nuisance they create. Other things to check would be the presence of smoke-chugging industries or smelly canals or even waste dump sites nearby to your home. Aside from the chances of their polluting your water and air resources, they are a major threat to you and your family’s health.

Schools – Most people prefer homes where there are good schools and colleges in the locality. Such homes also have great resale value, as just like you, others too want to buy homes where there are good educational facilities for their children. The take-away point here is to buy the home with selling it in mind.

Facilities – Everyone wants to live in areas where they don’t have to go too far to access commonly-used facilities. After all, everyone wants to live close to a supermarket, a good hospital, a couple of trendy malls or cinema halls, restaurants, etc. And the closer the home is to the commercial center of the town or city, the better it is as the property’s value becomes dearer.

Transport – Another important feature to choosing a home is having adequate access to nearby transport facilities. A close-by bus stop or bus station, a not-too-far-away railway station or an airport are all features that add to the value of your property.

Finally, it’s always better to avoid buying homes too close to schools, hospitals or fire stations, as the consequent sirens and noises on a daily basis can become a bit of a pain to live with! Look for homes in open spaces and away from congested areas…

Special Points for the Buyer who has Resale in Mind

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One of the best ways of making the big bucks is by investing in real estate – as history has repeatedly shown this sector to be the most stable amongst the various forms of investments. Buying a home for the sole purpose of investment still means that you need to buy the home as if you are going to use it for yourself. Only this way will you be able to make a good choice of a property that will increase your wealth and make the property more resalable.

The first factor of course has to be the location. The house needs to be located in a good neighborhood, where it’s safe for kids to walk unescorted. No one wants to buy a home in an insecure area. The neighborhood should also be devoid of potential sources of noise pollution, waste dump sites or nearby smoke-emitting industries.

The locality should also include access to basic facilities to a nearby hospital, pharmacies, grocery shops, malls, cinema-halls, schools, etc. It should also be located in a place where you can easily access areas with numerous job opportunities. People want to live in places where they can have easy access to jobs as well as schools.

The property should also be situated in an area that’s still in its growing phase, such that with upcoming infrastructure and facilities, the cost of your investment will increase in its value over time. This is called capital growth, making buying at the right price critical. If you buy a relatively expensive property, you will have to wait that much longer to derive substantial benefits from it. However, do remember not to sell the property for the first three years at least as it’s considered short-term capital gains and can be taxed.

Before buying property for resale purposes, do make sure that you have enough liquid funds to carry on; you should have a steady income plus a nest egg tucked away for emergencies. A situation shouldn’t arise whereby you have to offload the property before its values have gone up sufficiently for you to make a killing on it.

Investment in property is a long-term scenario and you shouldn’t expect substantial gains within the first few years itself. In fact the longer you hold it, the more equity you build on it. And in the interim period, you can always rent it out and pay your loan EMIs with that. Gains all around!