What is a Gray Structure?
Gray structure, in terms of construction, includes walls, roof, and plastering. None of the services like electric, sewage water, woodwork and painting are included in gray structure works. Even marble flooring, Aluminum and steel works and work on facade is not even categorized in gray structure.
What is a Furnished Home?
Furnished home is completely ready for living. Furnished home usually comes equipped with furniture, basic kitchen appliances and tableware, bathroom necessities such as a shower curtain, a washer/dryer set, and possibly a few other amenities.
The question here is, which type of structure you may buy. Both types have their own merits and demerits. Let’s discuss them separately, choice will be yours.
Why buy a gray structure?
- Cost Factor:
There is no doubt that, façade matters a lot. By the same token, if you split the cost of a furnished home and analyze, most of the cost will be consumed by finishing works rather than building the gray structure. There are a host of accessories available in the market varying in price by a huge margin. Hence, it is up to you how much you want to spend on your home. More you accessorize more appealing the house will be but more will be the cost. Let’s justify it technically. It has been estimated that just a paint can easily increase home value by 2-5%. Moreover, modernizing the kitchen, addition/modernization of windows, and other basic updates like these can increase home value. Therefore, as a buyer you will be in loss (you will pay more money for the same home). So, buy a gray structure, work on it, and you can easily save your money. Buying a home is big investment, therefore you must consider cost factor very carefully.
- Preferences matter:
With increasing ‘modernization’ around the world, lifestyles have also changed. Everyone has their own choices, likes, dislikes, schedules and preferences etc. Similar is the case, when it comes to furnishing a home. Everyone will furnish a home differently. For instance, one person may like bigger bedrooms for more space a different person may like smaller cozier bedrooms. One person may prefer single-hung windows, whereas another person might be a fan of fixed windows. Getting a gray structure and finishing the unit yourself will be perfect for people to make changes at the right time and get a customized finish as per their requirement.
- You can design, as you like:
Buying a home in itself is a big decision, regardless of what stage of construction you buy it at either a gray structure or a furnished house. This decision will impact every sphere of your life till you are in that house. Exterior design, interior design, paint color, window styles, wiring types etc. are things which you always prefer to design in your own way – this liberty one can only get if they purchase a gray structure.
- Level of Satisfaction:
Designing your home your own way can lead to a level of satisfaction that you can’t achieve through getting a furnished home which someone else designed. The big advantage to buy a gray structure is that, you are much more likely to get exactly what you want. For many, this factor alone is enough to choose. A home is usually the single largest investment that a person makes, so design in a way to get maximum satisfaction.
- Meet the Exact need:
One of the major benefits of designing a home yourself is that you can get, precisely what you need. For instance, in a furnished home, you may get three sofas somewhere, but you need only one as per your preference for that specific place. May be you like wood doors, but existing home has doors with aluminum material. Simply speaking, there will be many parts that you would not like. Well, design a home yourself and there will be no problems. So, go for it.
Why to buy a furnished home?
- Need it in emergency:
If you need to stay in a specific city for some important purpose and for a shorter period of time, then getting a furnished home is a more suitable option. For instance, you temporarily need a home for occupation, for your kid’s education or perhaps you’re thinking of buying a vacation home. Then there is no need to buy a gray structure and install expensive furniture in it. You can easily save both time and money, instead of buying brand new furniture.
- First time home buyer:
Are you a first time homebuyer? Are you nervous about adding the cost of furniture to your big move? If the answer is YES, then there is nothing right about buying a gray structure. Just find an appropriate furnished home, and live in it with comfort.
- Busy professional:
There is no secret, you need more money to buy a furnished home. Logically speaking, TIME IS ALSO MONEY. If you are a professional, and your job schedule is not allowing you to spare time, then buying a home that comes fully furnished may be just what you need.
- Need to relocate quickly:
If your office, workplace, children educational institutions (college to university) have been shifted to another locality, and you don’t have enough time to buy a gray structure and furnish it. Then what you can do? Answer is; Furnished home can make moving easier and faster. This is perfect for those who need to relocate quickly.
- Fed up with packing:
If you don’t like packing, furnished home will be the best option for you. It can save you the headache of packing up and moving all your belongings to a new location. Just pack up some suitcases with your clothes and personal belongings, and move.
At the end, the decision in most cases will be based on affordability. However, if all other factors are in favor then you can maybe consider the pros and cons given above to make your decision.