Buyers guide to apartments and condos in Chiang Mai
Buying condos or apartments in Chiang Mai is one task, renovating them is another challenge altogether. If all goes off without a hitch, it can be a rewarding and fun project. On the other hand it can turn into a costly nightmare and if you aren’t careful, your plan to dress up a cheap shell and make a quick profit can turn sour.
Apartments in Chiang Mai are numerous, in fact the market is practically flooded with units, but many are abandoned, bank repossessed or in undesirable buildings. Others have been beautifully decorated, even if the style is a little outdated, and this significantly changes the price or rent amount. Often, foreigner buy a dated unit and immediately set about renovating their newly acquired apartments.
Renovating apartments in Chiang Mai isn’t expensive and there are many competent craftsmen and builders available but finding a reliable and conscientious one can be difficult. Most foreigners rely on word of mouth from other equally discerning owners. In Chiang Mai costs vary wildly according to the quality provided, delays and mistakes, materials used and, indeed, your skill at bargaining. Invariably it is those who have a Thai spouse or friend to help with the instructions, bargaining and supervision (few of the builders in Chiang Mai speak much English), that get the most satisfactory results.
When renovating or decorating apartments in Chiang Mai a frequent complaint from those undertaking building is the attention to detail from artisans and craftsmen. Typically lots of effort is made on superficial appearance but on closer inspection you discover sloppy work, messy painting, poor woodwork and sometimes downright stupidity, like putting doors on the wrong way so that light switches are obstructed.
The positive and exciting part about decorating and renovating Chiang Mai apartments is the wide range of materials, fixtures and fittings available. Thais love building, particularly in Chiang Mai and there are numerous suppliers of quality imported and local tiles, light fittings, flooring, electrical fittings, decorative fixtures and so on. Two excellent all-in-one resources are Home Pro in the Carrefour centre and Global House. At these large stores the creative breadth of building here in Thailand is impressive. In addition local artisans at Baan Tawai create an astonishing array of wooden and ceramic items for both home and garden.