When searching villas for sale in Dubai location is key as it will remain constant. You should consider the proximity of public transportation such as the Dubai Metro and easy access to taxis of course.
Also, amenities are crucial. Find out where the closest supermarket, pharmacy, clinic, shopping mall, and petrol station are. Ideally, a villa community should have its own retail centre featuring a good selection of outlets. Self-contained, gated villa communities make for an ideal family set-up. And if it’s an off-plan development you are looking at, property prices and the quality of construction should give you a considerable idea of what you’re buying in to.
Investigate the quality of construction
While some properties for sale in Dubai come as shell and core units, others offer wall fittings, marble flooring, state-of-the-art kitchen appliances, smart home systems and more, with the developers absorbing the extra costs.
Reputed developers will work with the best engineers and architects to guarantee the best quality of design and construction, reducing the chance of any problems such as structural issues and damage. Do your research on the developer of the villa you want to buy.
Rooms with a view are important
It would be hard to enjoy your day gazing through the window at power lines or at a labour camp. Although the view may not feel like the most important factor, a vista of water and greenery adds real value to any property – both financially and on a human level. It is actually a very good idea to talk to people who live in a similar property to the one you are considering in that area. Who better to tell you about any pros and cons about a properties layout or features. Ask around!
Don’t forget fees and extras
In addition to the purchase price of a property, keep in mind that there may be several other fees and costs associated with a property purchase transaction. In addition to legal fees, there will be developer fees or fees to be paid to your real estate agent. Additionally, land registration and maintenance fees may also apply. If buying a property off-plan, you can expect to pay about 2 per cent on land registration fees. Maintenance fees, which cover the upkeep of gardens and other shared facilities may be a fixed rate or may vary based on the size of the property. This could add up to a fairly large amount, therefore it is important to factor this into any financial plan for purchase of the intended property.
Understand the service charges involved
Recurring monthly or yearly costs should 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. Contrary to the popular belief of those looking at villas for sale, service charges at these types of properties are usually much lower on a per square foot basis than apartments. Don’t be put off by all this though, in reality buying a home in Dubai is usually a very easy affair – just get the facts clear in your head.