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Get set for the unveiling of the home that Malaysians co-created

PETALING JAYA: The time has come to unveil the Malaysian ideal home. As some of you would recall, Lafarge Malaysia and EdgeProp.my had initiated the Lafarge-EdgeProp MYHOME survey to find out what the majority of Malaysians want in a home.

Fast forward six months since the survey findings were announced, a show house based on the findings have been built by Malaysia’s top property developer S P Setia Bhd, which was also the recipient of EdgeProp Malaysia’s Responsible Developer: Building Sustainable Development Award 2018.

It will be unveiled on Nov 28 at Setia EcoHill 2 in Semenyih. The event will be officiated by Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin.

To recap, the Lafarge-EdgeProp MYHOME survey that ran for almost two months from Feb 28 to April 15 had managed to garner almost 14,000 respondents with more than half of the respondents below the age of 35. Most respondents reside in the Klang Valley – with the majority from Selangor (42%), followed by Kuala Lumpur (17.5%), Johor (about 7.1%) and Perak (6.8%).

Overall, the majority of Malaysians say their budget for a home is below RM600,000 as about 40.1% of the respondents say they have an average budget of RM400,000 to RM600,000 followed closely with 39.1% with less than RM400,000. The rest are willing to fork out above RM600,000.

In summary, the survey found that most Malaysians still prefer a landed home with a built-up size of between 1,000 sq ft and 1,999 sq ft with three bedrooms or more and three bathrooms or more.

About 35% stated their preference for terraced home/townhouse while the rest would like to have semi-detached homes (21.6%) and detached/bungalows (25.5%). Only about 17.8% chose a non-landed home, namely condominium or apartment.

When it comes to the home unit itself, the top three attributes that Malaysians look at are good ventilation, security and spaciousness. Malaysians overall also like an “earthy or natural” feel when it comes to the ambience of their homes. They also like wood or marble flooring and the home should preferably come partially furnished with good quality appliances.

Security is a major priority to homeowners as 59.8% respondents would like their ideal home to be located in a gated community with amenities such as jogging trails, children’s playground and swimming pool, the top three chosen by the respondents.

Malaysians also hope their ideal home could be in a convenient location with good security and surrounded by natural green spaces.
So find out what the Malaysian ideal home that you helped create looks like at the unveiling on Nov 28.

You can also read about it in the Nov 30 issue of EdgeProp.my pullout.

This story first appeared in the EdgeProp.my pullout on Nov 23, 2018. You can access back issues here.

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