By Nairaland Forum Finding a house to rent in Lagos is probably more treacherous than going on a mission to appease the gods and evil forest.
We have heard the most heartbreaking stories from would-be renters. Some have had their money’s absconded with by unscrupulous housing agents through dubious schemes. Some have rented houses with no functional utilities, which they only found out about after renting. Yet, many more have been in the market for months searching with no success in finding a house.
If you have heard or read these horror stories from house hunters about their terrible experiences in house hunting in Lagos, and have always wondered how to uccessfully house hun in the Center of Excellence, read the following unbreakable steps, which will serve as a guide on your house hunting journey.
1. Know What You Want:
A duplex? A bungalow? How many rooms?
These and so many questions are vital in keeping your search focused. In my experience as an agent, a lot of house hunters have no specific type of house they want, and this eventually leads to wild goose chases and frustration on both the part of the renter and the agent. You can increase your chances of success, and save yourself some time, energy and resources, and those of your agent as well, by knowing exactly what you want and sticking to it.
2. Know Where You Want It:
In addition to point 1 above, having a particular location in mind is another unbreakable step. Having an area in mind streamlines your search and guides you on which agents to work with. You may go to any area of your choosing and ask residents in that location about a trusted housing agent, and many people will be willing and happy to help you out. Alternatively, you can simply google estate agents in that location and take a pick from the results Google presents.
3. Ascertain The Average Cost:
You may be wondering how to do this, but all you have to do is visit property listing websites like Jiji, or Nigeria Property Centre. On thee sites, a lot of the kind of house you are looking for will be listed. By looking around these websites, you should be able to confidently determine if you can afford the house in that locality if you have to look in another neighborhood.
4. Size Up Offerings:
Closely related to Point 3. As you’re looking at prices you Read More
Source:: Nigerian Chatter