House hunting can be easy and at the same time can be really handwork but most importantly there are some things that individuals fail to confirm , check and consider before they finally sign an agreement to rent a house.
Getting a place to rent can be quite a challenge. It could take anywhere from a few days to few weeks or even more.especially house hunting in big cities such as Lagos is a major task in one’s life.
So Before you rent an apartment,flat or house you should keep a few things in mind, check out my Tips below
#1 What Location are you really looking for ?
Your Location is a defining factor in house hunting. You should ask yourself , what kind of place am i looking for ? Are you looking for a small place, on a budget ? How accessible is your place by transport system ?
When considering location you should also consider distance of your place of work, traffic strategic points, transport cost etc. If you have a car ,is your road transport-friendly? is there a good parking space etc.
Have you considered the proximity to your place of work ? if your office is located at these high end areas beyond your budget, it is best advised to get a place that is affordable and relatively close to your place of work as to the high population density in Lagos. In other words, ALWAYS CHOOSE THE NEAREST OPTIONS TO YOUR WORKPLACE.
Do you have to walk for long or even take a bike before you get to the bus stop ? o try and look for accommodation in places that are closer to your place of work, closer to commuters bus- stops.
What of Your place of worship ? Is there a church or mosque close by ? it is not as important as your place of work but it depends on you.
Is the location in a remote place or How far is your apartment from the city /town ? Just Ensure there is good access road and probably proximity to a bus stop.
What of shops and markets? consider a location that is not too far from the local market, malls, boutiques, grocery stores, pharmacist, hospital, clubs, schools and every other commercial and social activities.
#2 Agents PALAVA!!
This is a major one, to be sincere Most Agents in LAGOS cant be trusted o.(I told you here first). You have to be a step ahead of him/her.But you still need them to get that house you are looking for most times.
When i was house hunting i met several types of Agents , both the ones who will want to overcharge , some might even dupe you . It is preferable to get an agent from someone who has used his services before at least you have a little bit of confidence etc.
Don’t give these agents the total rent till your are sure that the apartment is vacant , insist you speak with the landlord and if he tries to persuade you from doing do by giving excuses then something is fishy.
#3 Online Services ????
Online house hunting is another means of getting a house from your comfort zone but don’t forget this is still Nigeria o. You still have to be sharp and wise. There are various platforms for doing so online especially if you have a busy schedule.
Lamudi is an example of an online platform to house hunt at your convenience.
Question: Would you prefer House hunting online or you would rather do this physically ?
This is a big one. Lagos is a huge city that is located near the coast .
Rainy season in Nigeria, especially Lagos can be one of the ugly times of the year for residents. Floods are a major risk as lives and properties are lost most times, you have to make you research how the location you have chosen responds to flooding risk.
So i wouldn’t want you yo wake up one morning homeless or worse wake up to see your bed floating on water…just kidding
But this is very important. If you have seen a place and you desire it ,and you think you can cope then that fine.
Don’t let the beauty of a particular area convince you into moving there, all that glitters is not gold.
Quick Tip: In order to avoid this , why not check out an apartment , or the location during rainy season as you will see the effect of the heavy rains and make your choice clearer.