THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING AN APARTMENT
When you only have a few months to search for an apartment and you’re battling thousands of others who are looking for similar spots, it can be tempting to settle for the first community you see.
Your apartment will be your home for years to come, and you’ll want to make sure it meets most, if not all, of your needs. Otherwise, you’ll end up regretting moving in. Before you pay for that rent or buy that apartment, take your time to consider these.
What’s the total cost of the apartment when you add up rent, utilities (PHCN, Water Bills, Disposable bill etc) and any other regular costs? Which include the transportation fare from your office to the community, cost of fuel your generating set annually etc.
- Proximity to work, public transportation, etc.
Is there an adequate parking space attached to your apartment or you will have to drive some distance to the nearest parking lot, or will you have to walk half a mile
to access a major bus stop if you’re trying to get by without a car? And don’t just think about the proximity to buses headed to and from your work place. You’ll
also want to consider whether you can easily get to the store, market, entertainment centers, drug stores and highways.
Is the community known for parties 24-7? Is it so quiet it will drive you crazy and exposes you the insecurity during daytime and at nights? There’s no single right choice here; just make sure the atmosphere is a good blend with the necessary basic amenities, an interacting neighbour or community and a good security network.
- Building Basics
Are the walls, ceilings and floors well finished and insulated to keep out noise from the people in the apartment next door or above or below you? Do the windows and doors seal tightly to keep out the wind and weather? Are flooring in good shape? Is there water supply the whole apartment?
Do all the doors and windows lock? Do apartment have an exit door which is easily accessible that you can use as an escape in case of fire? Is the lighting outside adequate?
- Don’t Be Afraid to Negotiate
If you’re using a property manager, require the administrative process. Negotiate in moderation if the property managers have satisfied your search for your desired apartment. It never hurts to ask.