Residential developments today offer a wide range of exclusive and luxurious amenities and facilities for their residents and very often these amenities provided can make or break the decision to invest in a property. While it is lucrative to opt for a residence in a development that provides a myriad of luxury amenities, it is essential for a buyer to make their own personal list of what they consider essential amenities versus what they consider not so essential or unnecessary amenities. The amenities provided at the developmental project will add to the home owner’s monthly expenses by way of maintenance charges and thus need to be studied in depth before making the decision to invest in a property. So, what are the amenities that should be looked at while buying a house? The essential amenities to be looked into are in-apartment amenities such as balcony space, storage space, large windows, security, power backup, maintenance, water supply, car parking with preferably parking area for guests, and elevators. The additional amenities that should be looked into are the presence of sports and recreation facilities such as a swimming pool, walking and jogging tracks in the project, a club house, party hall and/or event lawn, facilities for outdoor sports such as tennis, badminton, etc., facilities for indoor sports such as chess and table tennis, a designated play area for children, senior citizen’s zones, gardens and parks that encourage communion with nature and peaceful moments, among others. The thumb rule of looking amenities provided is that you have to take into consideration your own personal preferences and have an understanding of what amenities you will make use of and what are unnecessary expenses. Property developers will add in a lot of amenities that are meant to entice buyers, so it is imperative to have an understanding of your own needs and wants before you commit to an apartment in a residential development.