03 Nov

Buying a home of your own is a dream for many people, and one that is valid. But having issues with how far you can improve and renovate your house in the future could be a nightmare.

Boundary lines and property restrictions are not the kind of information one should find out after they've purchased a house. Knowing how far your property's land extends, what the rules say regarding your property and how it affects your neighbour's property and a host of other issues is important before buying the property.

If want to buy from one of the new projects by DAMAC or City Walk apartments, be confident that the land your property was built on and the land around it is yours but still, make sure you don't skip the survey.

Carry out a property survey.


A property survey involves a land surveyor researching on a property before the land is looked at. The surveyor also does a title search to make sure there are no discrepancies with regards who owns the land.

The fieldwork in property surveying involves mapping out the different elements that make up the property.

Please note: a property survey report must be read with title reports so that any discrepancies be resolved before moving to settlement

Moreover, both reports are needed for issuance of insurance.

These research and fieldwork are important because:

1. Helps you know boundary lines:

Aisha bought a beautiful villa in Dubai after she saw the ad "villas for sale in Dubai". She was convinced that she got a great deal, afterall the home was the one that Dubai real estate agencies' brokers approved of. After she got the house, she felt like extending the backyard and build a small relaxation spot with trees and tarpaulin and patio umbrellas spread out. The landscaper had started work when her friendly neighbour, Farida, told her she had no right to extend her backyard because the land the extension was happening on was Farida's. The boundary lines of Aisha's house didn't extend beyond the gate at her backyard. With a thorough property survey, you'll know the extent of your home's boundary lines.

2. Helps you know rights-of-way, easement and abandoned roads:

If your property, for example, blocks your neighbours path, a property survey would help you know that your neighbour has the right (easement) to walk across your yard to the streets.

3. Legal Justifications:

It shows the legal justifications for any improvement on the property, making sure they aren't against the laws of the land and other restrictions a buyer might be oblivious of.

The importance of a property survey can't be overemphasized. It saves a potential homeowner a lot of legal and boundary lines disputes. Due diligence with regards to property survey must be carried out before buying a home.

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