So many processes go into renting or buying a house. You want to get value for your money’s worth so it is essential to go through due process in acquiring a property. This guide is to help you with a property inspection checklist when searching for houses in Nigeria.
From renting or buying a home to moving houses, to taking care of your new space to refurbishing and everything in-between, you would eventually need a checklist.
What is a Property Inspection?
A property inspection is carried out to check out the condition of the property before proceeding to purchase a property or rent out your property. It is always advisable to carry out a property inspection so you don’t miss out on hidden defects or areas of maintenance needed for the house.
What is a Property Inspection Checklist?
A property inspection checklist is a list of areas to take note of when inspecting. It is best to have a property inspection checklist to guide you on the things to look out for. Some of them include:
Foundation: Try to look around the building for structural issues like cracking walls, weird holes in the ground around the compound, or markings from Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA).
Plumbing: You should check the plumbing services. You should check that the pipes are flowing well and are not clogged up, restricting water flow or leaking. Also, check if the house has a proper drainage system.
Electricals: Checking the electrical connections and appliances is also very important. Check if the cables are working. You need to ask critical questions. Are the sockets working? Is there any sign of overheating from the fuse? Has there been a fire outbreak in the house before?
Walls and Roofings: check for leakages in the roof, cracks in the walls, in the ceilings, and where the walls join the ceilings. Major cracks in the walls could spell danger. Also, check the walls for water leakages.
Ventilation: Check if the rooms are properly ventilated. Inspect each room to confirm that services (plumbing, electrical, and so on) installed are working properly. You should also check the doors and windows to be sure they open and shut properly.
Surroundings: As much as the living space is nice and comfortable, living in an environment that gets frequent robberies and noise disturbances can be a horrible experience. When you go for inspections, ask the people around about how safe the environment is.
Transportation: For individuals who don’t have personal cars, it is good to figure out how to get around with public transportation.
When conducting a property inspection in Nigeria, you may observe other things. Simply ensure that you know what to look for throughout the examination. Make a list of your deal breakers ahead of time.
The entire process of property inspection in Nigeria coupled with house searching could be quite stressful, but would save you more stress in the future.