When it comes to buying an apartment there is always the option of an older building to choose from. Our Dublin City & Docklands estate agents discuss the advantages and what to look out for.

Buying an apartment in Dublin City

There are several older apartments around Dublin city and throughout the county and there can be a great advantage to buying one. The tend to be larger and more spacious than newer blocks and some of them are in superb Dublin locations.

Ballsbridge, Ranelagh, Clontarf and Dublin city centre are great examples of fantastic locations with older apartments for sale. The size and postcode advantages are obvious, but there are plenty of things you should consider before buying into an older development.

Questions to ask your estate agent about older property in Dublin

Whether it is in relation to maintenance queries, fire safety, or balconies, there are many questions you should be asking before you seal the deal on your apartment.

First things first, ask who the management company of the block is. Do not be afraid to ask the management company for details. AGM minutes will give you great information on any ongoing issues. They will tell you whether any works are being priced. The annual report will also let you know how the maintenance fee is spent annually.

You need to find out what you are responsible for and what the management team’s obligations are. Be sure to get a thorough surveyor’s report on the building and include the balcony if there is one.

Parking, transport and other considerations

Alongside all the structural and maintenance questions there is transport and parking to consider. Dublin city centre and surrounding is fantastically connected with public transport options. Whether it’s the Luas, Dart, train, or one of the many bus routes that serve Dublin you will be close to public transport in all locations.

If you would rather drive, then parking must be considered. Does your apartment come with a parking space? Is there an extra fee for this? Are there visitor spaces? If you don’t have a car, there is always the option of earning additional income by renting out your Dublin parking space.

Mobility is another issue. Some older apartment buildings may not have a lift or may have quite an old model installed. Make sure you know whether there is a good working lift on the premises.

Would you like to buy or sell an apartment in Dublin?

If you would like some more information on apartments in the city give our team of estate agents in Dublin a call. We have offices throughout the city and would love to help you make your next move.

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