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30 Sep 2015 02:10

..Home inspection checklist Lagos Nigeria – This free property inspection checklist is provided to help first time in home buyer (as well as experienced Nigeria real estate buyers) make the right choices when deciding to buy a house in Lagos Nigeria.

You will notice that a huge part of the home inspection checklist below is actually common sense.

Unfortunately, even though it’s common sense, it’s the things that a lot of people fail to consider when buying a property. My advice therefore is that you read the home inspection checklist or property inspection discussion below with an open mind. And, please, take the message seriously.

Wait. Why are we having this discussion in the first place?

The simple reason is because real estate investing consumes a lot of money. So when you invest dangerously, you lose a lot of money at a go.

You may have noticed that a lot of people are careful when buying electrical appliances and electronic gadgets. And the price of those items are very small compared to the amount required to invest in real estate.

If you’re careful in making decisions when it comes to small items like mobile phones and stuff like that, you should be even more prudent when it comes to Nigeria real estate investing.

Get the point?

Now, let me quickly take you through the home inspection checklist.
The Property Inspection Checklist – 7 Key Areas

1. Property Terrain Or Topology

A key aspect of a property to consider when doing property inspection is the terrain or topology of the area where the property is located.

A property can be located on . . .

flat ground
the slope of a hill or
the foot of a hillNigeria real estate located on flat ground and on a slope are good buys while property located at the foot of a hill is a tough buy.Why?It’s because the drainage system in Lagos Nigeria is far from ideal. Therefore houses located on the foot of a hill or slope are often prone to flooding

In fact, many families who own these kind of properties often relocate temporarily from their homes during the thick of the raining season because the flood from the rains tend to overwhelm their houses.

Therefore when buying a home, think topology. Give serious consideration to the terrain as recommended in this home inspection checklist.

2. Structural Integrity

The property you wish to buy may be on flat ground. But what about the structural integrity?

It’s no longer news that many buildings have collapsed in Lagos Nigeria in the recent past. I am certain you don’t want yours to join the list of collapsed buildings.

Therefore, take a good look at the building . . . examine the walls, look for cracks, and any signs that may indicate that the building is structurally defective.

Remember, once you buy a house, you buy the asset and liability. And believe me, a house with major structural defect is a big liability.

3. Existing Facilities

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