The first time I went apartment hunting was nerve-wracking and exciting all at the same time. I had been transferred from Lagos to Abuja from my office, I had only been to Abuja once in my life but I was excited about the move. I was finally going to be able to experience life as an independent spinster.
I had been living with a family friend for about 3 months so as to get very familiar with the new environment, before I finally decided that I was ready to rent my own place.
I learnt a lot from that phase of my apartment hunting that helped me when I was looking for an apartment with my husband, and I will share with you a few things to take note of when going apartment hunting.
● Have A Budget and Stick To It
I know everyone would say they always have a budget but do you actually stick to it? In the long run, would you be able to pay your rent comfortably? If you need to renovate the place or just paint, how many Sandtex buckets would you need and would your budget cover it? This is very important and it can’t be overemphasised.
If possible visit an experience centre to get an idea of what paints you would need, be it the Sandtex Matt, Sandtex Satin or Sandtex VME, select your colours and get an estimate.
● Don’t Pay For Anything Until You Have Seen The Apartment
The rate at which people are scamming nowadays is not beans o, you have to be careful that you are not paying for anything that you don’t need to be paying for.
● Who Is The Landlord?
Having an awful landlord can ruin any apartment. You have to put a lot of things into consideration such as: Do they live in the same compound? How close is their house to yours? Do they seem like they will be all up in your business? Many a great apartment has been ruined by an awful landlord, so try and get a good feeling for yours before it’s too late. Meeting your potential neighbours is also important so you can know what you are getting yourself into before committing.
● Visit The Neighbourhood On Nights And Weekends Before Making A Decision
Before making your decision, visit the neighbourhood at night and on a weekend to be able to get a better understanding of where you are moving into. If you have kids or plan to raise kids there, make sure it a neighbourhood you can see your kids growing up in.
● Consider The Distance
Another thing to consider is the distance from the apartment to your working place, is it going to cost you more on transportation. You have to be able to weigh your options and decide on which location is going to be cheaper for you in the long run and cause you less stress before making a decision.
● Go Over As Much Detail As Possible
Check all the taps and flush all the toilets, yes, trust me it important. You don’t want to move in and then find out that you can’t flush or have to buy water to take your bath the next day. Find out what utilities you would have to pay for, and how frequently you would have to especially if the apartment is serviced. If you are a dog lover like me or if you have any pet, find out the pet policy also.
These tips really helped me when I was apartment hunting for the second time, tell us in the comment section what you take note of before renting an apartment.