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A Purchasers Guide to Niseko Build Quality

(Extract from “Niseko Alpine Review - November 08″ - to subscribe for your latest edition click here)

The NISADE business model is built around premium property; superior locations, unmatched finishes and ultimate functionality. These factors underwrite long term investment cash flows in both rental returns and capital gains.

The NISADE team is highly qualified with hands on experience, construction theory and construction management. Our job is to apply this experience to ensure buyers are confident of Niseko’s best value / quality equation.

With that in mind we’d like to list a few key areas that a buyer needs to cross off their check lists in assessing a property beyond simply property location:
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Builder, Consultants, Architects and Developer
Do they have prior on ground experience? Have they built quality residential in cold weather climates?
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Design
Close scrutiny is required to understand flow, functionality, summer and winter use as it’s absolutely critical to long term rental success and capital growth. Has the harsh alpine environs been considered by an experienced cold weather Architect or is it done by an overseas Architect with minimal cold weather experience?
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Views
Have they been fully captured? Can they be built out in the future?
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Location
How is it in terms of noise, motor traffic, people movement, snow management?
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Operating costs
Are they fixed? Does design ensure efficiency? Cold climates are costly - has this been taken into consideration?
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External aesthetic
Will the building date? Does it have wide market appeal? Does it have an alpine look / feel? Does it fit into the Niseko / Japanese style?
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Materials
Are they robust or will they cause maintenance costs to rise?
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Finishes
Is the value / quality ratio strong? Are finishes of the highest quality at that price point? Inferior finishes will always damage resale and rental.
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Completion risk
Will the building be delivered on time (will it be ready for rental) and on budget (if it’s over budget do you know where corners will be cut)?
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Sales Contracts
Is specification detail substantive? Has it all been locked off prior to sale release?

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Whilst all projects experience differing quality levels, you will not see any of the following issues in The Vale Niseko:
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Balcony Finish
Is it just painted concrete? Does it have waterproofing issues? Is it slippery? How easily can the snow be removed, will a shovel damage the membrane?
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Living Space
Has the design team created functional space for alpine living and rentals? Will it survive guests or will it damage easily?
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Floor Finishes
What is the quality level? eg vinyl entries so often found in Niseko will wear and tear quickly. Will it date?  Is the quality of a level in line with the purchase price and promise?
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Fixtures and Fittings
Has the developer imported inferior goods from China or used quality products?
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Bathroom Tiles
For a luxury apartment has the developer used tiling that equates to the level of luxury promised in the purchaes price. Are they imported high quality tiles or have they utilised inferior subsidies?
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Bathtubs
Are they of a western size (which is a minimum of 1600mm) or are they just for show? Is there an overflow?
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Floor Wastes
Has the floor sufficient runoff? Is there a floor waste (drain) in all wet areas for example laundries?
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Bench Tops
Are they well made without joints as joints will deteriorate? Japanese builders are renown for zealous joint filing to hide poor workmanship particularly in stone/marble bench tops.
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Power Outlets
Are they functional and well located?
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Heating
Is it sustainably designed? Has all options been considered such as Electrical v Kerosene v Gas? As heating is a major outgoing cost in cold climates, are they placed for maximum efficiency?
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Contract Specifications
Is the level of detail of what you are buying specifically documented in the contract-for-sale?
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Even if you do not plan on personally spending a lot of time in the property, it will pay to consider the above points before making a purchase. In this market, not only buyers but guests too are becoming much more discerning in their tastes.

Investors expecting a return on investment need to think hard about how attractive their property will be to a rental market in the years to follow their purchase. Spending a little extra for the right property at the time of purchase often rewards investors with greater returns year after year.

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