Factors to Consider Before Renting a House in Nigeria
There is a wide array of reasons why people rent houses in Nigeria; either they may not have enough money to purchase a home or the ease of movement when the need arises. Nigeria is blessed with vast buildings; old and new, large and little which have been put up for rent by their owners. If you are planning to rent a house in Nigeria, these are some of the factors you should have at the back of your mind.
Coming tops on our list is your budget. Do not rent a house that is way above your budget simply because you love it. The rule of thumb is to go for a house whose rental fee does not exceed a maximum of your 4 months’ salary. For example if your remuneration at the end of a month is N50,000.00 (a total of N6,000,000) in a year, your cost of rent should not exceed N200,000 per annum.
Unpaid Power Bills
Ranking high on our list is unpaid power bills, the first factor you should keep in mind when looking for a house to rent is the state of its utility bills. Interruption of power supply has become a bane of living in Nigeria. Imagine moving into a house that has pending bills accrued by the former tenants of the house who evaded payments- quite exhausting! Before you make your choice of apartment ensure that it does not have any existing unpaid electricity bills. Inquire for the recent electricity bills receipt of the house before you take the next step.
The importance of moving into a house that can be easily accessed is one that cannot be overstated. Look out for areas that have good road networks to and from your desired location. Also, go for houses you can easily access from other areas in town.
Do not be tempted to rent houses that are close to areas that are prone to noise pollution. Some of such places include; mosques, churches, markets, and industries. Not only do such centers emanate deafening sounds that can disrupt your day to day activities, the traffic gridlocks within them is usually cumbersome.
The best time to make investigations about renting a house is during rainy season, to know if the environment is erosion-free. Check for water marks in the building which are usually caused by erosion- do this during the rainy period because property owners play a fast one on naïve tenants by covering water marks with paints immediately after erosion.
Landlord & Caretakers
You are going to be paired with your landlord for a year or more, so you should as well make a good choice of one. Avoid nonchalant landlords who are only concerned about filling their pockets than meeting the needs of their tenants. Ask questions around the area and weigh your conversations with your landlord to enable you make well-informed choices.
Now that you have some vital tips to help you make the best choices when renting a house in Nigeria, the choice of house you go for is left entirely to you. What matters is that you rent a house that will make you live comfortably without any stress or hassles.