Frequently asked questions

  • Purchasing process

    • Why is it better to buy early?

      For one, first buyers always have more choice. Secondly, early buyers can have more say, when it comes to designing their home, change the layout and choose the materials. Thirdly, early buyers will receive a small gift from us.

    • How does the booking and purchase process work?

      Purchasing process

    • How to get information about Liven's next projects?

      Register your interest on Liven’s website, we will keep you informed about new projects, you can be among the first to get acquainted with the plans and price list and book. By booking early, you get the best price and design your home just the way you want it.

    • What is a pre-sale? Should I be afraid to purchase a home that hasn't been built yet?

      It has been the practice in the Nordic countries for decades that the construction of an apartment building will not commence until 30-40% of the apartments have been booked in advance. Today, this principle has also reached the Estonian market. A good pre-sale gives confidence to the developer and the bank financing the construction, as well as the buyers.

    • Can I include the furnishing in a bank loan?

      As a rule, furniture ordered from Liven can be financed with a mortgage. However, the final decision with regard to financing is made by the bank for each customer individually.

    • What is included in the price?

      For the purchase price, you get a finished home: the parquet is laid down, the walls are painted, sanitary units are tiled, sanitary equipment is installed, there are lights in the suspended ceilings and the rooms have doors installed. We do not offer discounts, but sometimes we give the first buyers something as a token of gratitude. We agree on the exact list of finishes in a notarial contract.

    • What other costs do I have to consider when buying a home?

      The highest cost is related to furnishing the home, but you should take into account that the price of the apartment also includes the cost of a parking space and storage room, notary state fees, loan agreement fee, apartment association reserve fund payment and connection fees for security and communication services. You can find the conditions for joining the communication service on Telia’s and Elisa’s websites.

    • What are the notary and state fees?

      Enter the price of your home and the loan amount in the calculator http://www.notarnet.ee/kalkulaator/#kv

    • What is the financing process with mortgage loan?

      To buy a home with a mortgage, you need to visit the bank in time or fill out a loan application on the bank’s website to find out the limits of your mortgage options. It takes about one week to receive a preliminary assessment from the bank. Until then, we will keep your chosen apartment free of charge. Self-financing usually amounts to 10-15% of the purchase price.

    • Which bank can I get a mortgage from?

      First, we recommend contacting your local bank, but you could definitely ask for an offer from other banks as well. We have good cooperation with larger banks.

    • When should I sell my old apartment?

      If you are financing the purchase of a home from the sale of your old apartment, we recommend that you first find out the value of your current apartment. Here you can get help from evaluators. The sale of the apartment should start no later than half a year before the new home is completed.

    • How long does it take to conclude a notarial contract?

      The conclusion of a contract under the law of obligations takes one hour to one hour and a half, the conclusion of a real right contract takes 30 minutes.

  • Layout

    • What changes can be made and which cannot?

      The general principle is that the earlier you book an apartment, the more you can design it according to your wishes. You can change the layout, finishing materials and furnishings. Changes can usually be made up to two months after construction begins.

    • What help do I get from Liven's interior architects?

      Liven’s interior architects can advise you on designing your future home. We help you choose materials, furnishings and how to move a wall, doors or sockets as you wish. This service is free. If you want to do a full-scale interior design project, we recommend hiring your own interior architect.

    • Can I replace the bathtub with shower area and how much does it cost?

      You can make this change within two months of the start of construction and it usually costs nothing. Provided that the replacement is technically possible.

    • Can I replace the shower with a bathtub and how much does it cost?

      You can make this change within two months of the start of construction and it usually costs nothing. Provided there is enough space for the bath and the replacement is technically possible.

  • Furnishing

    • What help do I get from Liven's interior architects?

      Liven’s interior architects can advise you on designing your future home. We help you choose materials, furnishings and how to move a wall, doors or sockets as you wish. This service is free. If you want to do a full-scale interior design project, we recommend hiring your own interior architect.

    • Why is it good to order furniture from a developer?

      We have created a unique interior for each project that matches the finishing materials of them. If you value your time and want to be sure that the different interior elements fit together, then this service is for you. You can include the kitchen furniture, hallways and bedroom cabinets in your mortgage.

    • What kind of furnishings does Liven offer?

      We offer kitchen furniture with appliances, hallway and bedroom cabinets, walk-in closets, washbasin and washing machine cabinets. In addition, curtains, luminaires and bathroom mirrors. We will install all of this by the time you will come to receive the keys to your home.

    • Where are Liven's kitchens made?

      Liven’s kitchens are designed for each house according to the interior architecture concept. Based on the specifics of the kitchen, we always find the best production partner for whose work we vouch for.

    • Can I exchange Liven's kitchen equipment for another produced by a different company that suits me better?

      We always choose high-quality and durable appliances for kitchens, but if you have your own specific preferences, we will of course take them into account.

    • Can I replace the bathtub with shower area and how much does it cost?

      You can make this change within two months of the start of construction and it usually costs nothing. Provided that the replacement is technically possible.

    • Can I replace the shower with a bathtub and how much does it cost?

      You can make this change within two months of the start of construction and it usually costs nothing. Provided there is enough space for the bath and the replacement is technically possible.

  • Construction

    • How to choose a builder?

      Liven is not a construction company – we create homes. We always choose the builder carefully from the best in Estonia. The experience and professionalism of the team and the reliability of the construction company are important to us. Of course, the construction price must also be competitive, but that is not the main factor.

    • How long is the warranty period?

      The warranty period lasts 2 years from the conclusion of a real right contract.

  • Purchasing process

    • How long does it take to conclude a notarial contract?

      The conclusion of a contract under the law of obligations takes one hour to one hour and a half, the conclusion of a real right contract takes 30 minutes.

    • Is parking and storage included in the purchase price?

      We sell parking and storage spaces separately. In our opinion, it is unfair to force a person who does not drive to purchase a parking space. However, some apartment buyers want multiple parking spaces.

    • Do I have to purchase a parking and storage space?

      You don’t have to purchase a parking storage space in Liven’s homes, but we recommend that you seriously consider it. Even if you do not use the car yourself, you can have your guests park in the parking lot. Sometime in the future, when you consider selling your apartment, the lack of a parking space will mean fewer buyers.

    • Is it possible to order an electric car charging point for the parking space?

      Yes, charging stations are included at least for half of the parking spaces in Liven’s new projects and the cost of the charging station is between 1500 and 2000 €, depending on the project.

    • What are the technical data of a separately ordered electric car charging stations?

      The technical data of the charging station are as follows: 3 x 16 A, 11 kW, nozzle type “type 2”. As a rule, a unified ABB, Ensto or Enefit Volt consumption accounting system is installed. There is a dynamic control system for charging cars, which means that cars are charged when the overall electricity consumption of the building is low.

    • Why buy a storage room?

      It’s good to keep things in your storage space that you don’t use every day or don’t want to keep in your room – such as bicycles, ski equipment, suitcases or Christmas decorations.

  • Administration

    • How is the administrator chosen?

      Even before you move in, Liven chooses an administrator for the building, whose service price is fair and the quality is assured – so that when moving in, the stairwells are clean the trash is taken out. If it turns out that you expect more from the administrator than they can offer, there is always the possibility to choose another management company.

    • What costs do I have to consider in the future?

      On average, you should take into account a monthly cost of 2–2.5 € / m2. Costs are higher in winter and lower in summer. In the first months, reserve capital is also collected in the account of the apartment association, which can amount to approximately three months’ utility costs. The members of the apartment association decide on the collection of the repair fund.

    • How will the building be managed?

      Within six months after the completion of the building, Liven will organize the first meeting of the apartment association. Homeowners choose a board for the apartment association from among themselves, being able to together shape the future of their home. Until then, the authorized representative of the apartment association is a person appointed by the management company.

    • Are pets allowed?

      Of course they are, but in order for everyone to enjoy a good life, everyone has to clean up after their own pets.

    • How are overhead costs distributed?

      All overhead costs are added together and shared proportionally between homeowners according to the number of square meters of the apartment, storage and parking space they use. Specifications regarding the sharing of costs can be agreed at a meeting of the apartment association.