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  • Dec 30, 2021

Property Viewing Guide For First Time Renters

In the present market, renting has become an increasingly crucial component of our daily lives. It is typically the best option in Dubai because the property prices have outpaced incomes substantially, making it harder to climb on the housing ladder.

With so many alternatives and factors to consider, picking a location may be difficult. Of course, you’ll need a clear grasp of what sort of property you require, as well as a list of ‘wishes’ that you’d want to see included. Most essentially, you must prioritise your requirements.

Even the most determined and well-prepared first time renters in Dubai might become overwhelmed by the procedure. Property hunting, applications, fees, budgeting, packing, and all the other difficulties of moving come with their own set of problems, but it’s all worth it in the end.

Should First Time Renters Schedule a Viewing of the Property?

A picture is worth a thousand words. It’s true. But you can’t base your decision just on photographs. Here are some questions to ask and things to look out for, when it comes to scheduling a property viewing in Dubai: 

Timing

Keep in mind that timing is crucial, especially for first-time renters. The landlord will only negotiate the best annual rental amount and terms if you show commitment and make a genuine offer. However, landlords try to get their property rented within one to two months of it being empty so you have to be quick.

Remember, that if you begin your search too soon, the property for rent in Dubai you see now may not be available in a few months. To avoid wasting anyone’s time, be sure of your moving timetable.

Bear in mind that property viewings may take up a lot of time. So, you’ll want to be sure you’re making the most of it by coming prepared with the correct questions to ask. There also may be some wiggle room with what the market has to offer.

Following are some of the key questions first time renters should definitely ask:

  • Is the rent inclusive of utilities?
  • How frequently will rent be increased, and by how much?
  • Is there a grace period for rent payments?
  • What are the leasing agreement’s terms?
  • What happens if you need to terminate or renew your lease?
  • How much security deposit needs to be paid?
  • When can you expect to get your security deposit back once you’ve vacated the property?
  • Is there a pet policy in place, and will a pet deposit be required?
  • Is tenant or renter’s insurance required by the landlord? If so, what should it include, and is there a bare minimum?

Scheduling Property Viewing During the Day

You should always prefer inspecting the property in day time instead of at night. Why is that so? It is because you can see how the house appears and how much natural light it receives. In addition, some abandoned properties are not wired for power, so it’s better to examine everything.

Some Things First Time Renters Should Look Out For

There are some other things you must consider before renting a property in Dubai:

1- An Inspection of the Property (Walls, Floors, Damages)

The first thing you will notice are the floor, walls and carpets. It’s normal for some of the walls to have small holes because of pictures or art being hung by the previous renter. However, you should make sure that obvious damage is noted in the inspection report to indicate that the previous tenant was responsible for the damages. You can also take your own photographs of the damages if you want, but usually, the landlord does it.

2- Examine the Windows and Light Switches

If you’re looking at the rental apartment during the day and there’s plenty of natural light, you might forget to switch on the lights in each room to make sure they’re working, but you should attempt to remember. It’s also a good opportunity to check with the landlord to see whether you’ll be liable for changing light switches or bulbs in light fixtures if they don’t seem to function.

3- Check Kitchen Related Items (Sink, Stove, Refrigerator)

You might not think to switch on the oven and check the temperature of the fridge in the kitchen, just as you might not think to check the light switches and windows in the daytime. 

However, the kitchen’s fridge, stove, oven, and sink are all places where appearances may be deceiving for first time renters. Just because there’s no visible physical damage doesn’t indicate everything is in working condition.

4- Make Sure Everything Works in the Toilet

Don’t get deceived by the looks of the clean and furnished bathroom. Always check the taps to see if the water is running or flush the toilet in the restroom. Moreover, inspect carefully for any missing handles and cracks. It is better to take a look at everything to make sure it is in order.

5- Pest Problem

No one wants to move into a new apartment just to discover that there’s a pest problem, such as bed bugs or cockroaches. So, it is your responsibility to look out for signs of pests throughout your walkthrough of the rental property. For instance, sticky traps are commonly used for cockroaches. If you see them while inspecting the property, you should absolutely inquire as to why they are there.

Wrap Up

It is crucial for first-time renters that before they decide to rent a home, they should make sure to not only consider the neighbourhood and the proximity to amenities such as public transit, parks, and schools, but also the rental property itself.

It’s never joy moving into a new apartment only to discover a slew of minor flaws that you’ll have to inform your new landlord to repair. You may easily avoid taking responsibility for most faults in your rental by bringing them up during your move-in walkthrough with your landlord.

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