Ten top tips for buying a property in Dubai
Dubai is a melting pot of cultures, offering a comfortable living experience of a high quality. Constantly soaring to new heights and offering a plethora of options in all aspects from housing and education, to recreation and dining, Dubai is undoubtedly the finest place to make home.
There is plenty of choice of accommodation in Dubai but villa community living is definitely a preference, offering space, privacy and comfort. Although, once you make up your mind to buy a villa, it is easy to get lost in the multitude of factors that must be considered.
One of the UAE’s premier property developers, Indigo Properties, helps make this process much easier by outlining 10 important features to consider when buying a villa in Dubai.
1. Location and Neighborhood
Location is key, as it will remain constant until the end of time. Consider the proximity of public transportation such as the Dubai Metro. Perhaps a tram station is in walking distance?
If you have children, research the closest nursery's and schools. If you're a newly married couple do the same, as a home is permanent and long-term factors should be taken into consideration.
Locate the closest supermarket, pharmacy, clinic, shopping center, petrol station and all other amenities that you will require. Ideally a villa community should have its own retail centre having a large spectrum of outlets.
Self-contained living communities make for an ideal home. Study the neighborhood: income levels and age distribution. If it's an off-plan development, the reputation of the developer,property prices and the quality of construction should give you a considerable idea.
2. Credentials of developer
What is the quality of the developers' previous projects? Do they deliver excellence? Do they meet or surpass what they have promised? Based on personal or friends' past experiences, are they trustworthy? What is their track record for after-sale care and maintenance?
A genuine property developer won't just sell you a property and end the relationship there; they'll cater to your needs and ensure that your decision is best for you. Do some first-hand research; attain referrals for passionate, sincere developers with quality projects.
3. Quality of property/construction
What sets apart a genuine property-developer from others is the quality of the property offered. While some properties come as shell and core units, others, for the same price per square foot, offer wall fittings, marble flooring, state-of-the-art kitchen appliances, smart home systems and more, with the developers absorbing extra costs for your benefit.
These developers work with the very best partners at every stage, from engineers to architects, from master developers to contractors, ensuring the best quality of design and construction, and develop to deliver outstanding properties, reducing any potential problems that may exist such as structural issues and damage.
A high quality, well-structured property will surely prevent you from facing major expenses.
Most people when looking for a house do not factor in the long term and how demands might change.
You might be a young couple and hence you need little space, however, in a few years you might have a couple of little ones to take care of, relatives visiting often or parents living with you.
Factor these possibilities in and look for a place with a minimum of three or four bedrooms. Always look for a property with all ensuite bedrooms. Large, spacious townhouses or villas contribute to a more comfortable living. Enormous windows allowing bright sunlight to flood in would accentuate the spaciousness of the rooms.
It would be hard to enjoy your morning coffee on a weekend, gazing through the window at power lines or at the fish market. Imagine instead looking out at a fresh stream of flowing water while listening to birds chirping perched on nearby trees. Imagine gazing out your window at the twinkling lights and magnificent skyline of this remarkably beautiful city as you savor your candlelit dinner. Although the view may not seem as most important, a view of water and greenery adds some sparks and wonder to one's daily routine and melts the stress away.
6. Service charges
Recurring monthly or yearly costs must be taken into consideration, including electricity and service charges.
Keep in mind that certain reoccurring expenses will take place post-purchase for maintaining the community. Set some cash aside for these minor expenses.
Contrary to popular belief, villas' service charges are usually much lower on a per square foot basis than apartments.
7. Maintenance standards
When contemplating buying the right house, ensure that the villa complex uses a reputable maintenance agency.
Imagine how tedious it would be trying to find a suitable maintenance person to come fix a faucet that decided to burst at 5am. Find out about their availability and clean services provided; how often and well are community areas cleaned?
More importantly, ensure that your safety is a priority – find out if smart home technology is offered in villas and townhouses, and what security systems are in place in apartment buildings. How much is being done to keep your community living safe and clean?
8. Amenities Available
Is the community self-contained? Does the building offer basic amenities? Having to drive 20 minutes to go to the gym each day would be quite a demotivating factor. How much easier would it be if all gym facilities, perhaps even group classes and personal trainers, were available just a street away?
Get a thorough understanding of all amenities available. Is it a safely guarded gated community for children to play in? Are children's playgrounds available? Is there a shared gym and swimming pool?
These are just some amenities to consider, your list of desired amenities depends on what factors are important to you.
9. Garden Space
If you have young kids, you do not want them cooped up in a room.
Lush landscaping or garden spaces allow children to run about in the fresh air and be close to nature.
As for you, what is a better way to spend a weekend than to be lazing in the tranquility of your garden, reading a good book?
10. Re-sale value
While moving homes is a lifestyle change and usually more permanent, you may make different decisions in the future such as taking on a new job in another country or shifting elsewhere – a home with more bedrooms, a newer location.
You may not wish to keep your property due to requiring finances to make the change, so upon purchase of a property it is helpful to consider what the re-sale value would be after a specific time period.