4. How can I avoid nasty surprises?
Building your own house can be tricky business, but buying a house has its own pitfalls. Apart from the danger of missing weak points during inspections, you could be faced with construction defects. Getting an expert involved is not only recommended, it’s almost your duty, especially when you want to buy an older house. But even when you buy a new apartment, things don’t always go as planned. That’s why you should always take a closer look at the seller and the contractual terms and pay close attention during inspections.
5. How sustainable should it be?
Sustainability is an important topic when it comes to construction. Buildings and infrastructure systems make up 40% of global resource consumption. But how sustainable should it be for you? The legislation provides us with part of the answer: all cantons have issued energy requirements. For example, a new building isn’t allowed to have electric boilers. There are many potential energy-saving measures. Financially, though energy-saving measures cost more at the time of building, they are less expensive to operate.
6. Is Minergie compulsory?
No. Minergie is a voluntary construction standard. Key aspects are well-isolated building envelopes, sustainable energy and automatic aeration. This can cut the energy consumption of a building in half compared to a standard construction.
7. Can you save on taxes through renovations?
Buyers of older properties have to set aside more money for renovations and maintenance. But renovations can also reduce the tax burden. The same goes for maintenance costs of newly purchased properties and for expenses on energy-saving measures and environmental protection.