With the real- estate market in such demand, buying your perfect dream home will be a mammoth task. There are so many factors to consider, not least the price range you are comfortable with. Once you have chosen a real- estate agent to represent and protect your interests, you can relax with the assurance that they will do the bulk of the work for you. All you need to do is visit potential homes. But there are certain things to be mindful of just the same.
This is contingent on you choosing the right agent to represent you, so don’t skimp on it. By hiring a reputable real- estate agent who will provide you with the full benefits of their service and experience, you may actually be saving a lot of money. Good agents know how to wheel a deal that will save their clients money. They will also ensure you get value for what you pay. So research your agent well – you would have saved the time spent on researching for everything else then.
Having a good neighbourhood is more important than people realize especially if you plan to build a life in the house you are going to buy. A good neighbourhood will have polite neighbours (who won’t leave their garbage on the sidewalks), be in close proximity to a school, a township, a state or Dubai private hospital, and have easy access to a public transport system, either buses or rail.
Real- estate agents know this too; the more facilities are available in the neighbourhood, the higher the price will be. But don’t compromise on them – you never know when a private hospital, clinic in Sharjah or post office might come in handy.
When you get the ‘grand tour’ of the house, don’t just ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ over the matching bathroom fittings and rugs. Pay attention to the details that the previous home owners or builders have tried to cover up: is the fresh coat of paint hiding mildew? Do all the taps work? Is that hinge creaking because it hasn’t been oiled or is it about to fall off? Ask to see piping and plumbing if possible, and examine the switchboards to gain an idea of how the house functions. Looks can be changed; it’s the structure that defines the house.
This is related to the house being located in a good neighbourhood, but is actually more about the infrastructure. The house should have good roads leading to and out of it. Whenever possible, check that there are alternate routes to the house. Transport is key. Find out how telecommunications are situated. Is the house figured for optic fibre networks? Wire- less? Wired? How fast is the internet and how clear is your satellite TV? These may not seem important at first, but remember that you are buying this house to live in it. If you neglect to inquire about these beforehand, you may well end up paying for repairs before the ink is dry on the contract. Don’t be duped.