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How to choose a property in Turkey?

Important points of purchasing a property in Turkey. Please read before you've made a decision.

The first thing that any real estate agent will ask you will be: "What is your budget?". Of course, you have to have enough money to buy your dream house but this is just the tip of the iceberg. You and your agent also need to consider your desired lifestyle and how you plan to use your property in Turkey.

When it comes to choosing, it turns out that there are dozens of nuances to consider that can affect the final decision. To make it easier for you, we have prepared a checklist. You can use it to view properties and compare options.

We have taken to account the most important points that you should pay attention to when buying a home in a new building and on the second-hand market.

Choose an area

One of the most important points is the choice of the region.

1. Transport accessibility.

Is it convenient to get to the city center, or/and the places that you want to visit frequently? (Work, favorite shopping centers, beach, etc.) Is public transport developed, are there frequent traffic jams?

2. Ecology.

Are there parks and squares, are there industrial enterprises nearby, what is the level of air pollution? Is there a water collector nearby or a farm? (it can smell really intense).

3. Safety.

The level of crime, the fire department, ambulance stations and clinics, etc.

4. Infrastructure.

Are there large shopping, entertainment and sports centers, supermarkets, consumer service centers, cafes and restaurants, kindergartens and schools nearby? Watch out for the market (normally it is once in a week).

5. Social composition.

Is it in the middle of the hustle and bustle? Or is it a quiet area? Is there social housing?

The building and the yard.

If you have decided on the area pay attention to the building and the yard or garden.

1. Condition of the building.

Are there any cracks, wet spots on the facade? The quality of the materials of walls and ceilings, the features of water, electricity and gas supply. Is there any bad smell in the house? Do you want the "smart home" system?

Check the year of construction and/or when the last major refurbishments have been done.

2. Safety.

Does the house have security, concierge, cameras, intercoms, what is the procedure for the guests? Important fire safety: smoke detectors, fire hydrants, ease of evacuation in case of emergency, is there a fire escape?

3. Parking.

Is there parking?

4. Condition of the yard.

Is there a playground, a dog walking area, a place to relax, landscaped garden? Is it clean?

5. Garbage issue.

How far is the garbage container? Does the concierge collect the waste?

6. Elevator.

It's not only a question of accessibility but be sure that it doesn't bother you with the noise in your home.

7. How crowded it is.

How many apartments per floor/ villas are on site? Are there storage areas (bicycles, tires) on the floors or in other parts of the house? Is there a light at the entrance? How many units are going to use the site facilities (SPA, pools, parks, etc)

8. Management company.

Read reviews on the Internet. Look how clean is the territory. The cost of the monthly management fee.

It is important to assess the technical condition of the villa or apartment.

1. pay attention to the neighbors!

This is one of the most important issues. Even the most beautiful apartment can be spoiled by neighbors. If you like the place, please visit the site at different times of the day and days of the week, observe the life of the territory, look how clean it is.

2. Legal purity.

To do this, you should involve a realtor or a lawyer. The main points: whether there are encumbrances or illegal redevelopment, debts for utilities or taxes, bank loans, etc. Be sure that all papers are OK (TAPU, Iskan).

3. General condition of the apartment.

How long ago and what type was the repair? What condition is it now? Layout, ceiling height, view from the windows.

4. Check that everything is working.

Check the functionality of sockets and switches, heating, ventilation, the condition of the plumbing and so on.

5. Windows and doors.

Wooden or plastic, panoramic or standard, the performance of mechanisms, is there a wind draft? Is there a balcony or terrace? Is there a metal front door and will it be easy to replace the lock? In what condition are the interior doors: creaking, swelling?

6. Floor.

If the apartment is on the ground or top floor can you gain access to the basement or attic?

7. Equipment.

Clarify what is included. There were cases when the former tenants or the owners took away every single thing.

8. Cost.

Clarify whether bargaining is possible and who pays what: taxes, duties...

9. Reliability of the developer.

If you are buying newly build or off-plan property.

Evaluate his reputation, study the information about the developer in Google, read reviews. It is important to go to the construction site yourself, and if possible, talk informally with the workers.

You can print our checklist
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We hope that this list will assist you to make a right decision. And remember: DO NOT RUSH - OBSERVE AND CHOOSE WISELY.

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