edgeclinger wrote:When purchasing new construction apartments, do they normally include some type of heating system? Water heaters? Looking at the websites of the various new complexes, they mention kitchen and bathroom cabinetry included, but I see no mention of heating or hot water.
A related question: Does there tend to be a significant price difference between new construction and older apartments?
As always, thanks for everyone's responses.
edgeclinger wrote:Thanks to all of you for your replies. Hmmm... Z27 makes me wonder about questions I hadn't even thought of before. It hadn't occurred to me to question whether one might want/need air conditioning! I haven't lived anywhere that it was needed in years and do not like being in closed-up air-conditioned space. But I had thought that during the winter months, some sort of heating system might be desirable and that therefore the newer buildings might be built with that in mind. Sounds like maybe that's not the case. As for water heaters, I don't like the tank things, which seem very inefficient and wasteful. I'm hoping that we will be able to install some type of on-demand type of system, but was wondering what other people had (and whether their building had been designed that way or that they had installed the system later).
To answer your question, we plan to live in Miraflores and will look for an apartment with at least 2 bedrooms and 2 baths on a budget (less than $100,000 US)
Serionlv wrote:When we bought our place new it came without any water heater or light fixtures but did come with bathroom fixtures and minimal cabinets and sink in the kitchen. We purchased a hot water heater and had it installed. Installation usually is included in the price of whatever type of water heater you desire. We have a smaller good quality tank and never run low on hot water. But its just two of us and we have showers, no tub. There are a number of on demand options sold here. We went to a market in Surquillo for all the light fixtures. They were very reasonably priced and we had a good selection.
Here in Miraflores it is very cool and damp in winter. We use a space heater (a heated liquid type) occasionally when the night is really chilly. I invested in the biggest dehumidifier we could find and it actually makes the departamento feel much warmer when its running. Summer we use fans on stuffy days. AC would be a nice luxury in the bedroom but we have not done that yet.
Our place is about 87 sq meters with 2 br 2 ba. If you are comfortable in something smaller like ours you should stay within budget.
If you are buying new you can change some things (interior walls or door placements) and move some plumbing and electrical. We went basic on everything and have upgraded as we have had the money to do it. But moving plumbing and electrical when everything is in concrete walls, floors and ceilings is really difficult. So be sure to finalize the placement of those things before the apartment is built.
One thing we did do right away was to have built-in drawers and shelving in the closets since the bedrooms are quite small.
We are upgrading our kitchen now and it has gone relatively smoothly and quickly. I will make a post about the process when its completed.
Have fun with the process, we did. Just be sure to have a little patience for delays and little things.
Wine Lover wrote:On the subject of heating in homes; it is difficult to heat homes in Lima because of the humidity.
A doctor told me that it makes it worse heating a room when there is 90%+ humidity. You need to run a dehumidifier in every room first and then turn on the heater.