Due to increased competition in the Dubai real estate industry, developers are competing on prices and payment terms. As a result, property prices are coming down and therefore it is the right time to buy. Whether you are buying for the first time or you have bought before, there are certain amenities that you should always look out for.
Kitchen and bathroom appliances
Kitchen appliances are one of the most expensive parts of the house. The age, care and the condition of the appliances will determine whether you will need to service or replace them, which is very costly.
At the same, it is very important to ensure the bathroom fixtures are in a working condition before buying a house. Even if it is an older house, make sure everything is working before investing your money.
Finishes and materials
The finishes and material used will depend on the price range. Less expensive homes will feature cheap finishes like vinyl flooring and maybe plastic cabinets. However, high-end homes may feature quality finishes such as tile and wood flooring and solid counter tops. You should know what to expect in your price category to make a viable decision.
You should know the difference between upgrades and standard amenities, especially if you are purchasing a new house. Sometimes sellers stage houses with few upgrades to make the house look more premium. It is important to know the difference to avoid buying a property more than you budgeted just because of upgrades.
The ceiling of a house can reveal a lot of things. For instance, water spots show possible leaks. Also, the ceiling can show crack from structural damage. In particular, pay attention to the place where the wall meets the ceiling for other warning signs.
Look whether the roof, gutters and downspouts are in good condition. Also, inspect the whole outdoor condition of the house. If it is not a new house, ask the seller about if there’s been any maintenance work done in the recent past.
The safety, location and proximity to necessary amenities and facilities are also important factors to consider before buying a house. For example, if you have children, you would prefer a neighbourhood where schools can be accessed easily.
When looking for a house to buy, it is good to hire an agent from credible Dubai real estate agencies. Also, buyers are advised to work with reliable developers to avoid getting conned. For instance, Dubai Holdings are currently offering great investment options, such as Madinat Jumeirah living apartments and other properties across the city. Alternatively, you can also consider investing in one of the upcoming Emaar off plan projects as they promise great quality and promising ROI.