• We strongly advise that you come down to Sri Lanka and have a look at an apartment before purchasing it. Do not rely on photographs/ descriptions you found on websites or advertisements . In addition, the neighborhood is an important factor to many people and it varies appreciably within the Colombo city – even among neighboring streets. Unless you come down and visit your house you may not completely understand the neighborhood and environment.
  • Building/Buying a house is, in our opinion, a risky move given that you are new to Sri Lanka or returning after a long time. It might be a good idea to rent a suitable place for the first year or two before finding a good location for your own house. But individual aspirations vary from person to person and we recommend you consider your interests when making this call.
  • We would encourage you to consider living outside the Colombo city. If you are planning on working in Colombo you may want to consider the suburban areas such as Thalawatugoda, Kadawatha, Mount Lavinia, Moratuwa etc. Sri Lanka’s roads have improved significantly over the last decade which means that commuting to work from outside the city is an option. Besides the prices of houses and/or rent is generally cheaper outside Colombo.
  • If you are considering enrolling your child in a Government school, then distance to the school is a consideration. Most Government schools expect students to be living close by. Some schools strictly enforce this rule during admission. Most private schools also consider the traveling distance as a criterion for admission. Please check the Education section for more details.