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Best Home Inspection Companies in Dubai – Snagging Dubai Cost & Reviews 2024

Snagging Dubai Cost

Last article, the consensus we gathered is that snagging – process where a professional inspects a property for defects before you finalize buying a property – is a crucial step often overlooked by buyers.

Uncovering hidden secrets allow the buyer to renegotiate or walk away from the deal. And trust us, it’s worth paying attention to.

In this guide, we’re putting a spotlight on the best home inspection companies in Dubai. These companies have earned their reviews and are trusted by property investors.

Now, let’s take a look at who they are, their snagging cost and see what their customers have to say about their experience. We will sat down with an inspector and broke down exactly what we should look out for before buying a property.

Note: We decided not to include all the companies we spoke to due to poor communication.

Snagging Cost Dubai – Best Home Inspection Companies & Google Reviews 2024

To keep things comparable, we quoted for a 3000 Sq Ft 4 Bedroom Apartment located in Dubai Marina.

Full Inspection Cost
(inclusive of VAT)
MEP (AC, Mechanical, Plumbing)
(inclusive of VAT)
Re-inspection Discount*
(After fixes are completed)
Inspection TimeReport ResultGoogle Review
GTA InspectorsAED 2898AED 246030%2 Hours24 Hours4.8 (136 Reviews)
HQ Property InspectionAED 3150AED 252030%2 Hours48 Hours4.8 (82 Reviews)
Land SterlingAED 4500AED 252030%3-4 Hours1-2 Working Days4.8 (68 Reviews)
ProperscanAED 2740AED 1644Pending2 Hours24 Hours5.0 (47 Reviews)
RAMI InspectionAED 4500AED 400050%1-3 Hours3 Working Days
Star Property InspectionAED 2200NA50%2-2.5 Hours2 Working Days4.3 (12 Reviews)
Google Reviews as of May 2024

* It is worth noting that new build properties do come with a 1-year Defect and Liability Period (DLP). This may vary according to your developer, some developers offer 2 years on the MEP and 1 year on the architectural and civil works.

All About Snagging – Let’s ask GTA Inspector

To help us understand just what we are getting ourselves into, we had chat with Ehab Farid from GTA Inspectors.

He shared insights into how inspections can really impact our new homes and offered some valuable tips to empower homebuyers in making informed decisions.

Note: Ehab from GTA was the only technician we spoke with who really got into the details. He left voice notes to explain every question we had… any time of the day… and night.. literally!

What Should We Know Before Buying a Property in Dubai?

“Pre-handover of brand new properties is not free of faults as people might think and used to in the western world. There are many teething issues ranging from poor finishing/cosmetics to major structural defects.” Ehab said, explaining that homebuyers should be cautious when buying off-plans in Dubai.

Resale properties, especially if tenanted, may have some critical defects that oftentimes kill the deal. He told us, “I have seen many cases of mold infestations resulting from a water leak that was never attended to, and termite infestations (less likely) that are more serious and difficult to rectify.”

Tip: “Have a temporary DEWA connection by the developer for brand-new handover OR have the landlord connect DEWA in resale properties for inspection. This is essential to reveal critical issues to the buyers prior to finalizing the deal.”

Ehab – GTA Inspectors

Why Use a Snagging Company in Dubai?

“Specialized, experienced, and licensed inspectors are trained to find defects. They have the tools required to see things not typically spotted by the naked eye.” he said.

Tip: Take a look at their sample report. It will give you an idea of how much depth the company typically provides. Reports should include photographs and detailed descriptions of any issues, or defects, room by room, including garage, pool, and roof spaces (for villas or townhouses).

“Some believe that a pre-handover inspection for brand new properties is not necessary as developers offer a 12-month warranty. It’s a bad idea to count on this.

If you read the warranty’s fine print, it may not cover the defects identified during the inspection. Even if they do cover it, it may be a safety concern that needs to be taken care of prior to moving in.”

You don’t want to move in only to find out that there is a water leak from the kitchen ceiling, then need to schedule workers to come in, break down the walls, and occupy your home for 3 days to fix the leak.

What Happens After Property Snagging?

Snagging reports are not just a laundry list of issues; they’re your ticket to ensuring that your new home is up to scratch and getting the best deal possible.

After you review the snagging report, it’s really up to you what to do with what you discover.

When it comes to brand-new homes, Ehab said “the only route is to send the inspection report to the developer, so that the rectification work is completed before the buyer accepts the handover and keys.”

For resale properties, you can:

1. Proceed with the purchase (knowing what the issues are)

2. Ask the seller to repair issues based on the snagging report

3. Renegotiate the price based on the issues

4. Walk away from the deal (too many major problems)

5. Use the report as a checklist to verify if the damages (by tenants) has been fixed.

Alright, to sum it up, don’t buy blindly.

Using a snagging company before committing to a property is a smart move. It’s all about catching issues early, making sure your property is safe, and most importantly, giving you peace of mind.

Next: How to Negotiate After a Property Inspection in Dubai

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