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Dubai offers a great lifestyle. With a plethora of options in all aspects from housing and education to recreation and dining, it is the finest place to make a home. There is plenty of choice in accommodation in Dubai, but many prefer the villa communities that offer space, privacy and comfort. Once you make up your mind to buy a villa, it is easy to get lost in a multitude of factors. Dev Maitra, CEO of Indigo Properties, outlines ten important features to consider when on the lookout.
Location is key, as it will remain constant until the end of time. Consider the proximity of public transportation such as the Dubai Metro. If you have children, research the closest nurseries and schools. If you’re a newly married couple do the same. A home is permanent and long-term factors should be taken into consideration. Locate the closest supermarket, pharmacy, clinic, shopping centre, petrol station and all other amenities that you will require. Study the neighbourhood, income levels and age distribution.
What is the quality of the developer’s previous projects? Do they meet or surpass what they have delivered? 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.
Quality of property
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 best partners at every stage, from engineers to architects, from master developers to contractors, ensuring the best quality in design and construction.
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 en-suite bedrooms. Large, spacious town houses or villas contribute to a more comfortable living.
It would be hard to enjoy your morning coffee on a weekend, gazing through the window at power lines or 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 beautiful city as you savour your candlelit dinner. A view of water and greenery always adds some spark and wonder to one’s daily routine and helps melt the stress away.
Recurring monthly or yearly costs must be taken into consideration, including electricity and service charges. Keep in mind that certain expenses will take place post-purchase for maintaining the community. Set some cash aside for these minor expenses. Service charges for villas are usually much lower on a per-square-foot basis than apartments.
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 and fix a faucet that decided to burst at 5am. Find out about their availability and also whether cleaning services are provided; how often and well are community areas cleaned? Ensure that your safety is a priority—find out if smart home technology is offered in villas and town houses, and what security systems are in place.
Is the community self-contained? Does the building offer basic facilities? Having to drive 20 minutes to go to the gym each day would be demotivating. 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 depends on what factors are important to you.
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?
In the future, you may decide to take on a new job in another country or move to a new place with more bedrooms. You may not wish to keep your property because you may need finances to move. So upon purchase of a property it is helpful to consider what the resale value would be after a specific time period.
Source: Property Weekly