Property Checklist - When buying homes and houses in Malta

Malta has far more to offer than just sun and sand; an intriguing past still visible today is evident in every step. From the magnificent fortified capital city to the mysterious prehistoric temples this small island has much to offer. Its little wonder then that so many people begin their holiday looking at the sites, and end it looking at houses for sale in Malta.

Many people have already taken the plunge and bought a property as a holiday home or as a permanent residence but with so many houses for sale in Malta, its hard to know where to start. Before you sign on the dotted line, work your way through our checklist below to ensure you get the place you want.

  • Don't rush. Buying property anywhere is a big deal, let alone in a country you're not familiar with. Check out the rules and regulations for non-Maltese nationals buying property and be sure you can meet the requirements before taking your search any further.
  • Register with a few reputable estate agents who can show you are variety of houses for sale in Malta. If you see a property you like, visit it at different times of the day.
  • When viewing houses for sale in Malta, ask to look around on your own to avoid being talked into anything. This will also give you time to look in detail at the property and compare it to your needs.
  • Don't forget to look at the neighbouring properties. Being right next to the local 'night spot', above a restaurant or on a busy street is unlikely to be ideal. Even in a residential area, be sure to check out the properties next door. A dirty, unkempt house can tell you a lot about the people who live there.
  • Think about more than just the house itself. Spend some time in the local community to find out what it would really be like to live there. Check out what facilities and amenities there are and how convenient it would be to live there.
  • Go over all the small details: where does your water supply come from? How does the sewerage system works? Where can you park your car?

Thoroughly check the electrics, fixtures, fittings and the swimming pool if it has one. Once you've signed for the property, there can be no comeback.

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