4 things to look for in a gated estate

Gated estates are a popular option for prospective home buyers, offering a secure and open lifestyle. But not all gated estates are created equal – if you’re looking to buy in a gated estate, here are four aspects to consider in the estates that you encounter:

  1. Security measures

The top attraction in a gated estate for many people is the priority that they place on security. Access control at the front gate is the first place to look at when considering the security elements of a gated estate. The procedures that take priority should be strict controls for entry for people who are not resident in the estate.

The state of the fences and walls should also be considered. Ideally, gated estates should allow the houses in the estate to rely less on in-house safety measures, such as burglar bars, and high walls between properties. In order for houses in gated estates to take advantage of the reduced security imperative within the estate, you need to be assured that the outside barrier is up for the job. Security cameras and electric fencing should be par for the course.

While outside barriers are important, having a strong security presence within the estate is vital. Finding out the frequency of patrols, the available manpower, as well as learning about how previous incidents of crime in the estate have been handled will give you a good idea of what to expect in your prospective estate.

2. Amenities

There are a number of forms that a gated estate can take – some are purely residential, others integrate recreationally and business use into the estate as a whole.

There’s a great benefit to being able to walk to the shops or to be able to play a game of squash or round of golf. Investigating the options available to you will reveal that many gated estates offer options that will enhance your lifestyle in the estate. There’s a growing trend towards including schools in the gated estate’s plan – if you’re a part of a young family, living in an estate in which your children can walk to school without fear of harm should be an attractive proposition.

  1. Rules and regulations

Since gated estates are developed on privately-held grounds, those living in these estates are held to rules and regulations that are defined by the developers and developed by the trustees in the estate.

If you’re one who is fond of DIY, or if you have a creative streak in your gardening, you don’t want to be caught by surprise when your improvements fall foul of the regulations of the estate. The gated estate will have these rules and regulations publicly available, and you should take some time to go over the regulations that exist to see if you can happily live with them.

  1. Quality of houses

Since there is a booming industry in the construction of gated communities, many of those on the market will have newly-built houses. In older gated estates, you will be able to see relatively easily the quality of the builds on offer. The propensity of a house to aging-related problems should play a big role in your decision to buy – you don’t want to be having to deal with leaking roofs on a weekly basis.

In new developments, you can look to the developers, and their choices in architects and construction firms to establish the likelihood of problems in the house in the future. You can also safeguard your investment with sound home owner’s insurance.