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New to Bahrain: Here's what you need to know about finding a place to live

by BTM

Thu, 13 October 2022

New to Bahrain: Here's what you need to know about finding a place to live
A guide to finding a place to stay after moving to Bahrain

Whether you’re an expat or a permanent resident, finding a new place to stay and setting that place up can be quite a hassle. We’ve compiled a guide for what you need to know about finding a place to live after moving to Bahrain. 

Before looking for a place you’ll first need to consider a few things like the size of your family, the schools in the area if you have children or are planning to have them, the place’s proximity to work as well as its proximity to shops and other amenities.

Before looking for a place to stay in Bahrain, you would also need to think about what type of accommodation you want; such as an apartment or a villa/compound.

Unlike an apartment located in a shared building, a villa is a one-level structure, often with an exterior patio and front garden or terrace.

Villas may share at least one common wall with a neighbouring villa or be detached and this style of home has a history that dates back to the Roman Empire.

A compound, on the other hand, refers to a cluster of buildings in an enclosure, having a shared or associated purpose, such as the houses of an extended family.

Once those factors are established, you may want to try the following; 

Get an agent

According to Property Finder Bahrain, this will save you time because an agent can focus on properties that match your needs, when it comes to price, location and size, for example.

An agent can also help go though the rental agreement with you to ensure that you’re not signing a bad deal. Their knowledge base and the nature of their work also gives them access to deals and pricing that you may not be privy to but may find beneficial for your budget. 

Do it yourself

Despite the benefits of working with a real estate agent, some people may still feel the need to do things themselves. This may help in that it helps you understand the new area better. It also arms you with invaluable knowledge.

Ask around

Having a network of people, both in person and online can also be quite useful when it comes to looking for a place to stay. Not only can they give you some much-needed inside info about the place you’re looking to move to, you will also have a familiar face living nearby if you choose to act on their advice.

Take a look around

If you come across a seemingly vacant property you like, go ask about it inside. You never know what you might find.

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