When you are in the market for a luxury home, you will have to conduct a more thorough viewing process. This is because when you want to buy a luxury home, you’re looking for the complete package – a house that can provide you comfort, space, security, and that air of elegance. Of course, you will also be investing a substantial amount of money in a high-end home. As such, you have to be sure it will be worth every penny you pay for it.
Luxury Home Viewing Tips
If you will be looking at luxury homes in The Fields, Dubai and any other places you are considering in preparation for your next investment, here are some important viewing tips to keep in mind:
1. Begin your search and the viewing process online
Narrow down your list of properties to view by going online. Visit various developers’ and real estate websites and look for high-end homes that catch your eye.
Look at their online property portfolio and take note of the specs of their units. Some websites also provide virtual video tours of luxury homes so take advantage of these. You will save a lot of time, money, and effort when you start viewing these properties online.
2. Be prepared to spend hours viewing your preferred properties
If you have a busy schedule, make sure you can find time to view your shortlisted luxury homes at different hours of the day. By doing so, you will find out what it would really be like to live in the neighborhood.
By following this tip, you’ll know if traffic is unbearable during rush hours. You will also be aware of any inconveniences that happen at certain times of the day such as loud construction noises, excessively glaringly sunlight, etc.
3. Check the location
During your first and subsequent visits, aside from inspecting your would-be home, check the area. Walk around the neighborhood and take note of the following:
- The property’s proximity to pubs, bars, and other dining, drinking, and leisure establishments that can be rowdy and noisy at night. Is it located near a pub or bar or kebab shop that becomes rowdy in the evening?
- Distance to the nearest supermarket, pharmacy, convenience store, etc.
- Accessibility to public transport
- Proximity to schools (if you have kids), clinics, laundromat, etc.
- The presence of noisy roads
Consider how you feel about the neighborhood as well. Do you initially feel comfortable and safe in this area?
Again, make sure you arrange viewing schedules for different times of the day and night to know more about the community.
4. Consider the amount of natural light and ventilation in the house
Once you’re inside a home, check the amount of ventilation and sunlight it receives. This ensures you can get enough fresh air and natural light which, in turn, will help you maintain a healthy home.
With sufficient ventilation and sunlight, you can also have a more energy-efficient home. You won’t have to turn on the lights in dark rooms during the daytime. You can also keep the windows open and turn off the air conditioner from time to time.
5. Check the space
A high-end home should be spacious enough for you and your family to live in comfortably. It should also be large enough to house your furniture and any new ones you plan on buying for when you finally move in. In addition, you should also ensure you have enough room to accommodate guests when you host social gatherings or when they simply visit.
Check the available storage space as well. Think about where you will keep your boxes of knick knacks, spare linen, vacuum cleaner, kitchen appliances you won’t use frequently, etc. In case there aren’t enough shelves or cupboards in the kitchen now, think about the possibility of having additional cabinets and other storage spaces built.
6. Look for hidden gems
When you view a home, you may immediately look at and scrutinize the roof, walls, and other more important elements. However, don’t forget to look at the other features too.
Take a look at the windows and doors. They should be well-designed, durable, and attractive. It’s a big plus if they can sound-proof your house from the noise outside, too. Good-quality custom kitchens, finishes, and fixtures, etc., should also match up to the investment you plan on making.
Finally, make sure your preferred luxury home has some functional areas available for any conversions or upgrades you would like to make.
7. Get details about the facilities in the community
If you will buy a luxury property in a gated community, chances are, there will be amenities that are available only for residents. These facilities will enable you to really enjoy living and staying in the community.
Examples of amenities that can be found in high-end neighborhoods are:
- Swimming pools
- Tennis court
- Basketball court
- Recreational center
- Children’s park
Find out if you have to pay extra to use these facilities and how much they cost so that you can include them in your budget.
8. Prioritize privacy and security
In general, luxury neighborhoods are safe and provide privacy to all residents. However, don’t be embarrassed and get full details about this.
When viewing a luxury home, ask if there are any existing security systems in place. Find out if the house comes with a home alarm system or if there are security cameras around the perimeter with a corresponding command center where the security staff can view the live feeds.
Find out if there will be security guards patrolling the premises aside from the ones stationed at the entrances and the command center as well.
While viewing your preferred luxury residential units, always think about the future. Consider your plans of expanding your family or even selling perhaps selling it in the future. Make sure your luxury home will meet your needs and satisfy your lifestyle both for the short and long term.