Ten years ago, such a question for the citizens of the former Soviet Union simply did not exist. Extremely closed to the outside world country for traveling abroad of which required a decision of the party organization, has formed a Soviet person a certain mentality, the most important component features of which is the aggravation of xenophobia.
Foreigners in the mass people seemed strange and suspect. It’s funny that this wariness miraculously combines the soul of our people with a sense of some envious curiosity to “man from the West.”
Over the years, much has changed. The world was a much more complex, vast and beautiful than imagined. Many false stereotypes of consciousness were destroyed. Entry into the open society has brought a cultural shock. But eventually it all worked out, millions of people have seen firsthand the West and the East. Had to part with their old illusions and prejudices, while acquiring new ones.
There are new economic relations, strongly changed the psychology of people. For example, in relation to the dwelling of the Soviet era always bore the imprint of a temporary and unstable: apartments that were state-owned. The owner has not purchased an apartment – it gave him the heads.
In a new historical era housing was privately owned. And many people began to think about its effective use.
The most traditional and widespread way – to take shelter in the lease. If there is a place to live myself, but there is still another apartment or a house, it would be foolish not to take advantage of their economic advantage and not learn from it a good income.
But this income is generated, only the property that meets the requirements of the buyer, and one that can pay good money for the product. And so, in all senses of profitable customers, we have no doubt in Kazakhstan are foreigners, especially from developed countries in Europe and the U.S.. Tenants to get a foreigner is considered a big success by the lessor. They pay their rent money is good, turn the housing, usually gently and carefully. This business concept is: “Are you sitting down, and the money goes …” – Today the suits many residents of Almaty.
Often, however, the landlord is surprised to find that the general prosperous background of its relations with the “foreign guest” clouds begin to appear. Minor conflicts sometimes develop into major misunderstanding of the matter is sometimes ends with a profitable customer leaves the rented apartment, finally telling the owner a couple of strong language. “And what else do they need?” – With genuine bewilderment exclaims a hapless owner. And really – what?
Ronald Bliss – a representative of the Canadian company “RST”, working in the CIS countries for over ten years. The last five years – in Almaty, and before that had been Moscow, Novosibirsk, Baku. Naturally, he had to rent an apartment very often, and now he is very often helps his co-workers who come in Almaty, in solving this problem. Therefore we decided to make a portrait of him with a perfect tenant – a foreigner to help prospective landlords Kazakh get an idea of the western standards for housing.
So the first question: what is it that foreigners prefer – apartment or house?
- It depends on the person, on his personal preferences and life situation – says Ronald. – If a foreign expert arrives in Almaty with the family and children, in the long term, he prefers to rent a house. If the period of his trips a year or two, and the family is not – then rent an apartment. But it happens in different ways, there is not no single recipe. It happens that a man without a family takes a big house – he was used to a greater level of comfort, or he liked the area, like the price …
I, for example, even before the arrival of his family to me, took a small cozy house near the Palace of the Republic. Green area, near the river, not far from work, a sufficient level of comfort at home and not too high a price – that is what has defined my choice. However, after the arrival of the family, there are new circumstances that had to take into account, for example – the remoteness of schools for the children of our house. And they are outweighed – we had to change the housing, and now we live in a different place.
Generally speaking, I noticed that the North Americans – Canadians, citizens of the United States, prefer more a home than an apartment. The home has its advantages: it is usually surrounded by fence beside him there is a site where you can breed flowers, plant trees. In the courtyard you can make a playground for children, swimming pool … By the way, the pool, I noticed that many of your homeowners consider having a pool in the courtyard of an important advantage and think that this is what attracts foreigners. In general, the pool in the hot summer, both in Almaty is a good thing. But owners often save on water purification systems, and it immediately turns the pool of benefits disadvantage. In untreated water foreigners tend not to swim – it has developed such a habit! And even more – do not bathe the children. This means that if you clear this house, swimming pool will not be filled. It will only be good a tiled pit in the yard – and it is dangerous for the same children. These considerations immediately come to mind head of the family and his wife. And they refuse to rent it, maybe, and beautiful in every way, at home.
Another important advantage of the house in front of the apartment – the ability to park the car. In high-rise building in this respect, sometimes there are problems.
This is just one example of a single detail spoils the overall impression. If the dwelling claim to a high standard, and that involves a high rent, the tenant has the right to require that all, without exception, would be consistent with this standard. Almaty is the landlord at times seems a trifle … This mismatch mentalities and sometimes conflicts occur.
When choosing accommodation in Almaty very important foreigners give seismic home. Therefore, if the host has a strong case in favor of the stability of its property against earthquakes, it is a must to tell about it to a potential employer. It was most impressed.
In the foreign companies, employees often go on business trips, for one or two months. For such workers coming in Almaty, the company often takes the so-called guest apartment. It is usually small, well-kept apartment with furniture and all necessary equipment. This is cheaper than staying in a hotel specialist, and besides, home decor … However, this temporary housing requirements are as tall as a large house.
Essential when choosing a home, as told Ronald, for a foreigner has a location house or apartment district. This fact is true for all countries and cities. Housing in the center is more expensive. Accommodation at the “quiet” center, next to the river, park and close to recreation – even more expensive. Foreigners love to housing was close to work, preferably – in five – fifteen minutes away on foot. It is advisable to close was a good shopping center, such as Central Department Store, “Ramstore” or “Jubilee.” Another advantage is the availability of parking – a big problem in all cities. Environmental factors also affect the choice of tenant – housing, located in Almaty below street Silk Way, almost never interested in foreigners. They prefer the upper areas of the city, or apartment, located near the Green Zone, for example – near the Central Park area.
It is important to be able to make a good children. If they are small, the advantage would be the availability close to home a good kindergarten, if older – school. It is true that the children of foreigners studying in Almaty, basically, only three schools located in the upper part of the city, so they have to carry. It’s not very convenient to parents, very busy at work, but this has to be reconciled.
I asked about Ronald as a shelter. At that foreigners pay attention to when choosing a house or apartment?
- The simplest definition – housing must meet certain standards accepted worldwide, – he said – people want to live the way they used to, and this should be considered if you want to make lease.
So – the kitchen. The kitchen is the center of the West home, where the whole family, there are discussed the most important family matters. The kitchen should be a big, clean, bright, equipped with nice furniture and appliances.
Foreigners used to the sink in the kitchen was big enough to be comfortable in the kitchen, not only to cook food, but eat it. It will not hurt hood over the stove, lights in different places. Remember: the kind of cuisine largely determines the decision when choosing accommodation.
The second key point – the bathroom and toilet. In a large apartment or house foreigner would like to see the bathrooms and toilets would be greater than one. They must be well equipped, preferably – with thoughtful design and always with a good, but not necessarily expensive plumbing. Toilet by Philippe Starck for fifteen hundred dollars, most of them foreigners do not require. Some foreigners met bathrooms that do not have a sink for washing. “Why – surprised the host – you can also wash right over the bathroom!” For Canadians, this approach seemed exotic and the deal fell.
The toilet also has to be perfectly clean, with a good, properly functioning equipment and not so small.
As for the facilities, it is desirable that the apartment or house everything has been thought out. Foreigners, especially Americans, Canadians do not like too many doors in the apartment, small rooms, etc. They prefer open, large areas of: hall, which goes into the living room, kitchen – dining room. If an apartment reconstructed under the lease, take this into account will not be amiss.
Comfortable apartment layout, quality doors and windows, good ventilation and water – all the arguments in favor of choosing an apartment. A good idea to have an extensive system of telecommunications and the phone was in every room to have multiple phone lines. In Almaty, lamented Ronald telephone usually one, and is located somewhere in the lobby or in the living room.
North Americans do not like walls, papered. Better to just clean, white or light-colored walls covered with high-quality paint. Paul – better wood, parquet or scaffold, is possible laminate. But not linoleum – it does not like foreigners, consider environmentally unfavorable. Generally, if used in the decoration of the apartment natural materials – is a big plus.
They like foreigners, if a house or apartment has a balcony or loggia, but there should be more space – to put armchairs. Balcony, by the way, should be a high fence so that small children can not fall from it.
But most importantly, according to our volunteer experts – is well-established customer relationships with the landlord. A lot of conflict arises with the price of the lease, especially with additional costs. Foreigners if the contract for the long term, have to be sure that its provisions will be made accurately. And often it turns out that the tenant has to eliminate damage in the bathroom at his own expense, even though the contract is not provided. But the owner says he has no money or that these costs tenant implied in the contract. Generally speaking, the ratio of the contract rent for Kazakh owners still quite giddy. Many do not sign it, obgovarivaya all in words or casually reading his position. I must say that the mentality of Western man is related to the contract surprising and incomprehensible.
So when our landlord suddenly announces guest in that from the first day of the following month, he raises the rent, but it’s not in the contract stipulates that foreigners perceive is “lawmaking” is very painful. They tend to move out and try not to have more than this owner any business.
Well-established business relationship between the lessor and the lessee, supported by a detailed contract thoughtful and normal personal relations, on the contrary, create and housing, and its owner a good business reputation. And that in itself raises the price of rental housing, it attracts new and lucrative clients.