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Posted On: 19 April 2020 04:43 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 10:18 am

3 tips for an effective apartment search in Qatar

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When you’re looking for an apartment for rent in Doha, there are probably a few things you focus on, such as, if is it furnished or not, does the apartment have a washer or being close to the metro station.

Therefore, this means you will need to look for a few flats before finally picking your favorite one. However, if your search method is efficient, then you will save time and maybe even some money.

In this article, you will learn 3 top tips for an efficient apartment search in Doha.

1. Determining your rent budget

When you are looking for an apartment to rent, you will run into so many options and fabulous flats that you want to rent. From the spacious living room to the beautiful view, fantastic kitchen and the perfect location – but be careful!

Before starting your property hunt, note down your monthly expenses such as – utilities, gym membership, transportation, groceries etc. By doing this, you will get an idea of what you can afford and set your expectations right.

Experts always advise not to spend more than a third of your income on rent. For example, if you make QAR10,000/month, then you should aim to spend no more than QAR3,300 per month on renting a place.

tips for an effective apartment search in Qatar

2. Narrow down your search

It’s essential to visit the apartment you’re considering renting, however deciding to visit every single residence is not possible. You will waste your time and waste the real estate company time – this is why we have the internet.

Shortlist three apartments that are worth viewing and then schedule an appointment with the real estate broker.

3. Ask about discounts and be prepared to negotiate

Depending on the apartment you are considering, always make sure you ask about discounts and offers. Many real estate brokers in Qatar offer a one or two and sometimes three months of free rent and utilities and internet fee waivers.

Finally, after you have finished visiting your top three apartment picks in Doha, you may want to try to negotiate with the real estate broker.

Don’t be shy, even if there aren’t any offers it will never hurt to ask or haggle.