This weekend I felt that I needed to perfect a new skill – plate spinning – we all know that this skill relies on the gyroscopic effect, in the same way a top stays upright while spinning.
The Chinese acrobatics troupes are well known for plate spinning, usually in combination with contortion or acrobatic skills. Well I saw the last of the lion dances this weekend but I could have also done with a lesson in plate spinning – an excellent skill to have when trying to end a lease and find a new one in this awesome city that is Hong Kong!
It was a tough weekend with a few new plates coming in to play: an uncontrollable market, uncontrollable landlords and still very big furniture.
Alas, no property was found but I do have a few points to remember when you are out viewing property.
- “Ask” the agent if you can take photos – not all agents (or landlords) will want you to but do ask. Take a photo of the apartment number at the front door before you start clicking away, once you get home you will easily remember which series of photos belongs to which apartment.
- Take a tape measure – I am fortunate enough to have the perfect “foot” sized feet but still a tape measure was created for a reason and does help to save the white marks on your coat from the freshly painted walls. Yes my coat has gone off to the cleaner this morning.
- Properties are not even boxes – although sometimes they feel like them! Remember to measure bulkheads – furniture has depth, width and height!
- Visualise – this is probably the hardest part. If you are fortunate enough to be looking with others then talk out loud about the furniture, wall art and lighting – if you have a talented friend ask them for their advice.
Have a great week.