15 March 2016 Technology 123
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We live in a society where buying a property means different things for different people, but each of them has a special reason for it; whether it’s your much-desired investment as an NRI, your dream home, or expanding your property for family or business. No matter what drives us, it is a massive decision.

Thus, it is important to be well-informed about the process and jot down a pre-possession checklist, especially when it comes to choosing the right property and, in most practical cases these days, choosing the right builder. Here’s a concise guide, for all property enthusiasts, which raises and addresses eight critical questions to ask your builder before buying a property in India (not in ranking order):

Is the location of the project a rapidly developing area?

It is advisable to check the blueprint of the premises, the floor plans, the locality and the general neighborhood, the road accessibility, and the difference between a regular versus a luxury property. If you are an NRI investor, who will not be able to go directly to inspect the site or the area, ensure you send a reliable source on your behalf. In fact, you should also inspect and verify the legal documents of the property.

Additionally, do thorough research on the location and ensure it is close to schools, colleges, supermarkets and retail outlets.

What is the actual cost?

When you are buying a property, there are multiple costs involved besides the cost of the actual building. Ask in detail about the cost breakdown so that you gain an understanding of the cost that you will incur. This is one of the top questions to ask your builder before signing the deal.  Find out about all the behind the curtain costs like – development fees, GST, parking rent, preferred location charges, other statutory charges etc.

How good is the quality of the construction?

Conduct a tour of the property and its premises, especially when it’s under construction, to get a better understanding of the quality of construction. Ask the builder about all the materials used in the construction, from the foundation till the finished doors, windows or walk-in closets.

Will they deliver as per schedule?

One of the most important questions to ask your builder before buying a property in India is the delivery schedule promised by the real estate developers. Make sure they have in writing the delivery time which will neither hamper your investment benefits nor your move-in date. This has become a bit easier with the advent of RERA compliance, but one should ensure the builder complies with the RERA guidelines for meeting the scheduled date of completion.

What is the real size/area of the property?

As per the recently introduced RERA guidelines, developments are priced as per the carpet area of the property and not the built-up area. So, before you take the leap and finalise on your property, make sure the developer has priced the property based on the carpet area.

 Are the official/legal documents made available?

This is as necessary as the passionate decision to acquire property; to make sure what you want will truly be yours without any hassle or future complications of ownership, registration or any other legality. Some of the vital documents are:

  • The Title Deed
  • Encumbrance Certificate
  • Property Tax Receipts
  • The Release Certificate
  • Building Completion Certificate (BCC)
  • Local Municipal Corporation approvals
  • RERA certificate
  • Commencement Certificate
  • Building Approval Plan


Is the builder reliable?

Make sure you research thoroughly about the builders of the properties you have shortlisted. Check their past projects and their reviews on real estate forums, to get a better idea. If you have the opportunity, then speak to the existing customers of the builders to get a first-hand perspective. Choosing acredible builderwill make or break your real estate deal so double check all the above points before you make the final call.

What facilities and amenities are you really getting?

It is a good idea to verify if you’re getting all the promised facilities and amenities. A site visit will help you determine this. Some of the important amenities to check are: fire alarms, garbage chute system, car parking, lifts, power backup etc.

Investing in a property is an extremely important initiative, and you can never be too careful in going through the above questions and precautions. These pointers will help you arrive at an informed decision about the right property that not only meets all your expectations but also complies with the law and supports your goals and aspirations on property investment.


15 March 2016 Life Style 104
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Eating organic and pesticide-free food is one of the key ingredients to living a healthy life. It is a win-win situation as you get fresh food on your plate and cause lesser environmental damage. However, the soaring market prices and lack of availability of organic food has made this endeavor a far-fetched reality for many Indian families. But with your own kitchen garden right under your roof, you can ensure that your family is eating right and is able to save money. Read on for some useful tips to start your own indoor kitchen garden.

Pick the right spot

Pick a sunny spot which is partly covered for your indoor kitchen garden. The amount of sunlight your herbs feed on has a direct effect on their flavour and fragrance. High-intensity sunlight also aids their growth. Make sure your plants are exposed to sunlight for 6 to 8 hours to keep them healthy and fresh. It is also important to ensure that there is no water stagnation in the area. If you are planning to set up a garden in your balcony or rooftop, you can do so by opting for potted plants.

Leave equal space between crops

Spacing out your indoor kitchen garden is vital for a good harvest. Choose from rows, squares or even triangles as per your preference and the amount of space available. Ensure all the crops get adequate sunlight and soil space. Do not cram the plant bed with too many saplings as that may hamper their growth. Another important factor to focus on while placing your plants is air circulation. Make sure the roots and leaves get enough oxygen for a good yield.

Start easy

Begin with vegetables and herbs that are easy to grow and maintain. Choose from common plants like tomatoes, spinach, mint and parsley, to name a few. Once you master these plants, you can try growing advanced crops that need more attention and care like onions, cauliflower, carrots and cabbage.

Use seedlings instead of seeds

Give your indoor kitchen garden a head start by planting seedlings instead of seeds. This will speed up the process and also help the plants overcome the initial setback of the seed adapting to the soil. Seedlings adapt faster to the plant bed and spare you the wait of watching them grow.

Maintain a compost pile

Whether you set up a compost bin or buy a composter, maintaining your own compost pile is a brilliant way to generate good soil for your indoor kitchen garden. It is also a great way to reuse scraps of food and other waste.

Check the compatibility of crops

Make sure you opt for compatible crops while setting up your indoor kitchen garden. Companion planting helps in increasing your yield and speeding up the process due to the same set of requirements needed by each crop. You can pair tomatoes with carrots and basil or even try growing cucumbers with peas and onions.

Do not forget the walls

If you do not have enough space for your indoor kitchen garden, think out of the box and use the walls instead. You can use hanging pots or wall units to grow crops vertically and enhance the aesthetics of your home. This will also help you locate the fruit or vegetable easily and keep fungal infections at bay. Choose from tomatoes, melons and peas that easily climb on walls with the support of fences.

Care for your crops

Gardening is a passionate hobby that demands a lot of care and attention. Once you set up your indoor kitchen garden, maintain your crops by watering them regularly. At the same time, make sure the soil is just wet and not clogged with water. You can also spray the leaves with water to keep them fresh and moist. If you are stepping out of town, pass the responsibility of watering your plants to a neighbor or relative to ensure they are healthy even after you return.

Opt for raised beds

If you do not have enriched soil near your home, it is best to opt for a raised bed to nurture your crops. Raised beds improve the quality of the produce and also help speed up the process of plantation since they are rich in nutrients. Additionally, they help keep weed and pests away.

Fancy it up with flowers

Who said an indoor kitchen garden needs to be all about herbs and vegetables? Decorate your nursery with gorgeous flowers in vibrant hues. You can also grow edible flowers like pink jasmine and rosemary to enjoy the twin benefit of a beautiful and healthy produce.

Invest in gardening tools

Even if you are a beginner, it is a good idea to invest in a basic set of gardening tools to set up and maintain your indoor kitchen garden. Tools help you strike the right depth and are also a  great way to introduce your child to the beautiful world of gardening. They are a one-time investment that will help you grow a green thumb.

These tried-and-tested tips and tricks are guaranteed to help you set up your own indoor kitchen garden without the need for professional help. It is time you utilised that empty backyard of your villa or the well-lit balcony of your apartment to create a state-of-the-art garden and enjoy some organic produce for you and your family. Head out to Sterling Developers today and find your dream home in WhitefieldHebbal and other growing corporate hubs of  Hyderabad


15 March 2016 News 134
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DIY projects are a great way to explore home décor ideas without burning a hole in your pocket. Apart from the functional element they offer, they are also an effective way to organise your space and keep all your essentials within your reach at all times. Read on to know the best DIY projects to make your space clutter-free and tidy.

Message/Bulletin board

Message boards are the most underrated home accessories. Not only are they very easy to make, but they also ensure your home is extremely organised and systematic. The simplest way to make a message board is by pinning up an old metal tray on an empty wall and using magnets to hang up notices. Bring out your creative streak by painting the tray in any colour or pattern of your choice, to complement the aesthetics of your room. You can also choose from magnets with clips to hang up multiple documents or with hooks to hang keys. Message boards are a great way to showcase your calendar for the week or to keep a tab on grocery lists and other things to do around the house. They can be installed in any room and are one of the best DIY projects for home organisation.

Wall hooks

Organise your child’s room by using their old toys as wall mounts to hang up their stuff. Make wall mounts out of cut-up toy animals and stick them on a wall with some hot glue. These mounts can be used to hang coats, umbrellas or bags. You can also use these mounts on the other walls of the house, preferably near the entrance, to hang wet umbrellas and raincoats during the monsoons or keep your pet’s leash. They look adorable and will instantly enhance the look and feel of your home.

Magnetic pin holder

Pins are almost impossible to find when you need one the most. A magnetic pin holder is one of the perfect DIY projects to ensure your pins are handy at all times. All you need is a glass or ceramic plate, a magnet and a small bowl. Tape the magnet to the bottom of the plate or use hot glue to fasten it. Then, place the plate on a bowl of smaller diameter to hide the magnet. Make sure the plate used has curved edges to keep the pins from sliding off the corners. You can paint the plate in a vibrant shade to add a pop of colour. These magnetic pin holders can be placed on your dressing table or your bathroom shelf.

Wall organiser

No DIY project for home organisation is complete without a practical wall organiser. These are great to keep the small things in your home in a systematic manner and save you a lot of time and space. You can use some scrap fabric as the background and stitch pockets of different shapes on it with materials of different patterns and textures. These pockets can be used to store post, batteries, clips, pens and other forms of stationery that are hard to find when you need them the most.

Wardrobe wizard

Wardrobes tend to get cluttered very easily and quickly, no matter how neatly you arrange your apparels. This is when DIY projects come to the rescue. Hanging your clothes is the best way to organise your cupboard but space is always a constraint in such situations. Double up on space and time by extending your hangers with s-hooks. This way you can hang multiple hangers on the same hanger and know exactly where all your clothes are. If s-hooks are hard to find, get creative with soda can tabs or shower curtain rings.

You can also use old shoe boxes to separate your delicates, scarves, socks and napkins. Spruce up your wardrobe by painting them in different colours or wrapping them in shiny paper to go the extra mile.

Furthermore, make space and keep your clothes organised by fixing a rod or a hook on the inner doors of your cupboard to hang up your outfit for the next day. Additionally, try storing clothes that are out-of-season in a truck or suitcase instead of them taking up space in your wardrobe and coming in the way of your organisational skills.

Refrigerator revamp

When it comes to DIY projects for home organisation, the one place that skips your mind but needs the most attention is the good old refrigerator. Arranging the food in your fridge in a systematic manner is one of the critical aspects of an organised home. Use colour coded boxes to store fruits, vegetables, dairy products, snacks and other such categories of food. You can also use trays to separate food that needs to be consumed immediately to keep them from expiring and going to waste.

Organising your refrigerator is a great way to ensure your family is getting all the nutrition they need. They also help you keep your groceries in check, keep the space clutter-free and are a brilliant way to save money in the household.

Jewellery holder

We’ve all gone through the pain of opening our jewellery pouches only to notice all the necklaces tangled together, taking a toll on their lustre and shine. Jewellery holders are the easiest and most practical DIY projects for home organisation. There are a plethora of designs to choose from based on the type of jewellery you are planning to preserve. If you have many earrings, you can keep them organised by hanging them on a cork board near your dressing table.

You can also use a mesh or tulle fabric to hang those dainty danglers. If you have many necklaces, fix hooks on to a hanger and hang them in your closet. For rings and other semi-precious stones, you can opt for small open boxes that can be placed in your drawer. You can use colourful boxes for a quirky finish or go in for pastel shades for a feminine touch.

As the saying goes, there is a place of everything and everything needs a place – and these easy DIY projects for home organisation stick by that. Revamp your space with these ideas, and you will not spend another minute searching for that scarf you love or a pin to fix your outfit. Head out to Sterling Developers today for well-designed spaces for the perfectionist in you. You can choose from world-class residential projects in BellandurWhitefieldHebbal and other localities in the leading city of Hyderabad


15 March 2016 Business 232
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Have you ever noticed how colour can affect your mood? When it comes to choosing colours for your home, especially, your bedroom, the world is your oyster. Your bedroom is the most personal space in the house, and it needs to reflect your personality. Whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, ambitious or happy-go-lucky, there are several colours and moods to choose from. Here’s a quick rundown of the best master bedroom paint colours to complement your personality.



The colour white often denotes purity, innocence, and wholeness. It’s the perfect colour for perfectionists and someone who appreciates classic and timeless beauty. If you are a minimalist, this is the ideal colour for your master bedroom. Not to mention, it will give you a sense of calm once you enter and relieve you of all of the work-related fatigue. White is one of the best bedroom colours for a timeless and crisp look.



Yellow is the most cheerful of all the colours. By using yellow in your bedroom, you can immediately add life and a pop of colour. Not to mention, you will instantly lift the mood of any guest who visits your home! If you are drawn to yellow, it’s a guarantee that you have the personality of an optimist with a cheery disposition. Nothing bogs you down, and you go through life as happy as can be.



Blue is a universally-loved colour for master bedrooms as it can visually open up the space and give smaller areas the illusion of size. It is often associated with intelligence, patience, and stability. If you love the colour blue, you have the personality of a dreamer and a perfectionist. While they are two opposing qualities, they are two sides of the same coin. You’re someone who is a neophile and highly intellectual with an excellent mind for business and abstract topics. Because of your intellect, you are incredibly charismatic and can make people feel at ease when they are with you.



Red is the colour of passion, making it perfect for a bedroom that adds a dose of drama to your home. Powerful and stimulating, red can be an overpowering shade in your bedroom, so be sure to pair shades of red with the right furniture to complement your bedroom colours and moods. If you have a strong-willed and determined personality, you will no doubt be drawn to the colour red.



The colour orange embodies happiness, creativity and enthusiasm. Shades of orange make the best bedroom colours as they are warm and invoke enthusiasm. Orange is also a popular choice among architects and interior designers as it fits into a remarkably contemporary colour scheme. If you love orange, you have the personality of someone fearless and highly social. With a vibrant colour like orange on your walls, your bedroom is sure to be as unique as your personality.



Green is considered to be the most relaxing colour. Designers today are playing around with several shades of green to create bedroom colours and moods that promote a stress-free and relaxing environment. If green is the colour of your choice, then you have the personality of someone who is easy to get along with, patient and steers clear of drama.

Has life been getting hectic of late? Paint your master bedroom green to create a calm, zen-like space for yourself. This is perfect for when you want to switch off and rejuvenate.



Pink is the colour of innocence, love, and compassion. Often finding appeal with a more feminine audience, you can play around with different shades of deep and pastel pink to create an intricate and delicate master bedroom décor. If you are often described as loving and nurturing, then pink is the colour of your personality. In a master bedroom, soft shades of pink can immediately feel comforting and welcoming.



Nothing symbolises royalty, luxury, and power like a deep shade of purple. The colour purple will appeal to those who are creative and imaginative. Often associated with royalty, choosing different shades of purple for your master bedroom paint colours will have you feeling sophisticated and luxurious. On the other hand, if you’re looking to experiment with your bedroom colours and moods, you can try choosing lavender for a soothing feeling when you walk into your bedroom. Deeper shades of purple can make your room feel invigorating, which is exactly what you need when you sink into your bed after a long day.



The colour brown is also often associated with security and protection. Deep brown walls can immediately add an element of depth and comfort to your bedroom! Choosing brown, particularly a mocha shade means you are down to earth, reliable and confident. People tend to gravitate towards you because they think of you as genuine. Your personality is the type to appreciate the simple things in life.



Grey embodies sophistication, practicality, and timelessness. While many consider grey to be a dreary and gloomy colour, when done right, grey can transform your room to give it a modern and sophisticated look. If you are drawn to grey, you are someone who likes a minimalist design and all the latest gadgets and technology. You are hardworking and your bedroom is a space for you to recharge. Contemporary grey walls will create a soothing and restful ambience for you.


These colours are sure to appeal to every personality. Try out the best master bedroom paint colours in a beautiful new home by Sterling Developers. You can also read our blog on the top 11 home décor ideas to get started on your home makeover.