7 Things to consider when getting an Apartment on the Island in Lagos
According to the Lagos State Government, the Island is the fastest growing place in Lagos in terms of real estate development and as such is rapidly being occupied. This article is for those looking to move to places like Lekki, Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Ajah on the island or those that already live on the island in Lagos but are looking to change accommodations. I have lived in different places on the island and I assure you that these are tips to follow when in search of an apartment, so you don’t have to learn the hard way like I did. If the place you’re looking to get is in line with the following tips, then you will certainly have little or no problems during your stay.
This is the most important factor to consider when trying yo get a house on the Island. Never go for a place your pocket cannot sustain especially if you plan on making it a long term lease, so don’t go getting a three bedroom apartment on a one Bedroom salary. There are a lot of things to consider from the financial aspect especially consistency; if your steady income will be able to afford the place as time goes by. Another important thing to note is that getting the apartment is one thing, furnishing it is another thing entirely so that should be considered as well, even if you can’t get all the things you want at once, you should be able to get enough for a convenient stay.
Distance from the express
This should be considered because easy access to the major high ways (e.g. Lekki-Epe Expressway, Burdillon drive, Ozumba Mbadiwe e.t.c) is a huge advantage, rather than spending unnecessary time navigating before your actual journey begins.
This is an important tip that you will be glad you followed. The Island is known for its notorious floods when the rainy season begins, I’m talking about the kind that will make you wish you had a canoe as your car floats from side to side while your heart is almost out of your chest due to fear that your car would sink at any moment. For those without cars, the Lekki or Ajah floods can be a big problem. Only those comfortable rolling up their pants and wearing rain boots during the rainy season would not consider this. Another life saving tip: It’s better to look for a house during the rainy season so you know if the area where you intend getting an apartment on the Island is habitable. Trust me, I’ve seen people’s houses get flooded in Lekki.
Availability of clean water
Lekki is not known for its clean water. Good areas have water treatment plants that make their water more suitable for consumption while some other areas have bore-holes. When constructing a house in lekki there are instances where you dig as much as 600 feet without finding clean water so the possibility of finding a great looking apartment without clean water is high. Be on the lookout.
You don’t need me to emphasize how important this is. Estates and gated areas are advisable here. Most high-brow estates have security men screen visitors bbefore they’re allowed entry but a gated community also provides some level of security. Try to find out if there’s history of conflict in certain areas mostly the resettlement towns. Avoid these areas as much as possible as surprise altercations amongst residents can lead to unpleasant situations.
Proximity to daily routine
This is for the sake of convenience, when looking for an apartment you have to consider the following things; distance to work, place of worship, market and even recreation, unless you don’t mind “travelling” every time you need to leave the house.
It is common knowledge that Lagosians are noise makers, so to maintain sanity, avoid places that are likely to attract people that will have a reason to make noise, for example; places of worship, event centres, and street parties. This is to avoid a situation whereby it’s 1am, and you can’t sleepdue to a vigil or a party going on, then you realise you made a terrible mistake.
P.S. I would have added traffic but there’s really no escaping that so you might as well suck it up and get used to it like the rest of us.
The place you decide to go for doesn’t necessarily have to meet up with all the requirements; you just have to prepare yourself for whatever you might face during your stay. And for those that follow these guidelines to the letter, you will thank me later.